Provider Requirements and Documentation


Providers who want to participate in ANY of the Military Fee Assistance programs must:

  • Be state licensed
  • Have had a state licensing inspection in the last 12 months
  • Meet eligibility criteria as outlined by the military branches of services and the Department of Defense (DoD). (These requirements may meet or exceed your state’s requirements.)

*The criteria listed above are applicable to the Operation Military Child Care (OMCC) program which serves deployed service members or mobilized National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty service members during the duration of the deployment.

 Providers who would like to be eligible for the Military Child Care In Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) program need to meet the criteria listed above AND, One of the following high-quality indicators:

Child Care Centers:

In order for child care centers to meet MCCYN requirements, they must meet OMCC criteria AND be accredited by one of the approved national accreditation agencies listed below:

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • National Accreditation Commission (NAC)
  • National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA)
  • Council on Accreditation (COA) for school age programs

*Please note the agencies listed above are the only approved national accreditations that are accepted for the military fee assistance programs.*

Family Child Care:

In order for family child care providers to meet MCCYN requirements, they must meet OMCC criteria AND have achieved the following:

  • Child Development Associate (CDA) credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition
  • Associate’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or Child Development
  • National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation


 Required Documents - Centers and Family Child Care Homes

**Please submit all documentation and/or questions regarding provider eligibility via email to or via fax at 703-341-4146. You may also call us at 1-800-424-2246**