WHAT IS ARMY FEE ASSISTANCE?
Army Fee Assistance is an initiative that assists eligible Army Families to reduce the costs of off-post options when on-post options are not available or accessible. Through the AFA program, families receive monthly fee assistance (paid directly to the child care provider) to help offset the cost of child care in their communities. AFA guidelines state that if there is space available for a Sponsor’s child/children at an Army Child Development Center (CDC), Family Child Care (FCC) home or School Age Center (SAC), then such space must be used for the care of his/her own children. In the event that the Army CDC/FCC/SAC does not have available space, then the Sponsor may be eligible to apply for Off-Post Community Based Fee Assistance.
- The Army’s contribution toward the total cost of child care for Army Families.
- Fee Assistance compensates for the difference between a community-based provider’s rate and an installation’s rate for similar services. Calculations for fee assistance are based on provider rate caps.
- The parent rate (parent’s portion) and the amount of fee assistance combines usually equal the provider’s rate.
- The program is not an entitlement program and is subject to the availability of funds
CHILD CARE REQUESTS must be made through militarychildcare.com (MCC).
If CYS determines that your request cannot be met within 45 days of the date care is needed, then you may obtain a signed Statement of Non-Availability (SNA) Form, which is required for the Army Fee Assistance application process.
CHILD CARE REQUESTS / STATEMENT OF NON-AVAILABILITY FORM: Parent Central Services at 907-353-7713 or visit BLDG 3414 Rhineland Avenue 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
FEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, administered by Child Care Aware of America: 1(800) 424-2246 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT, Monday-Friday, email email@example.com, or visit https://www.childcareaware.org.