Child & Youth Services

The U.S. Army Child, Youth & School Services is helping Army Families find affordable child care that suits their unique needs.

Army Fee Assistance Program

What is Army Child Care Fee Assistance?
The U.S. Army Child, Youth & School Services is helping Army Families find affordable child care that suits their unique needs.  Through the fee assistance program, eligible Families receive monthly fee assistance (paid directly to the child care provider) to help offset the cost of child care in their communities. Army Fee Assistance Program guidelines state that if there is space available for a Sponsor’s child/children at an Army CDC/FCC/SAC, then such space must be used for the care of his/her child/children. In the event that the Army CDC/FCC/SAC does not have space available, then the Sponsor will be eligible to apply for Off-Post Community Based Fee Assistance.
  • Army Fee Assistance is the Army’s contribution toward the total cost of child care for Army Families.
  • Fee Assistance buys down the higher cost of off-post care allowing eligible Families to pay fees comparable to those charged at the Installation or Army Supported Joint Base for full day services. 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 combined usually equal the provider’s rate.  
  • This program is not an entitlement program and is subject to the availability of funds, which may be discontinued at any time.
Who Is Eligible?
  • Families of Active and Reserve Component Soldiers (Guard and Reserve Soldiers must be activated to be eligible)
  • Department of the Army Civilians - note policy update below
  • Survivors of Fallen Soldiers
  • Wounded Warriors currently assigned to a Warriors in Transition Unit or Battalion (WTU/WTB) or Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
  • Spouses must be working a minimum of 16 hours or enrolled in school
The Fee Assistance Program is administered by the Child Care Aware of America (CCAOA). For more information about eligibility requirements and fee assistance application instructions call (800) 424-2246, (703) 341-4100, or visit Child Care Aware of America.

Update - Policy changes recinded

On 28 February 2019, the Secretary of the Army temporarily rescinded Army Directive 2018-27 (Rebalance of Army Child Care Fee Assistance). As a result, the Army Fee Assistance Program will continue to operate in accordance with the Army policy currently in place. 

The Secretary intends to use this time to consider any adjustments to the
program. If you have questions about this letter or Army Directive 2018-27,
please contact Army Fee Assistance Team at­

For questions related to your current Army fee assistance account, please contact Child Care Aware of America at

View signed letter.


Policy Update

Effective 1 March 2019, Department of the Army (DA) Civilians may no longer enroll in Army Fee Assistance (AFA).

Army Directive 2018-27 establishes policy that implements changes to the Army Fee Assistance Program.

Execution Order 071-19 provides implementation guidance for Army Directive 2018-27.

This policy applies to all DA Civilians, with the exception of Child and Youth Services staff, Army National Guard and U.S. Amy Reserve Military Technicians, and the Expeditionary Civilian Workforce in Total Family Income categories 1-6 while deployed.

New Applications must be received by Child Care Aware of America BEFORE 1 March 2019. Incomplete applications will be deactivated three months after receipt if the enrollment process is not completed. Children must be born BEFORE 1 March 2019 in order to submit an application.

Children of DA Civilians who are enrolled in AFA as of 28 February 2019 will be grandfathered into the AFA program until they age out, no longer need childcare, or relocate out of the commuting area to a new duty location.

For questions please see the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact

Please refer to the documents below for more details. 

Parent Notification Letter

Army Directive 2018 - 27 Rebalance of Army Child Care Fee Assistance


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