Marine Corps Program Updates

New MARADMIN Released 11/4/14 for Off Base Fee Assistance Programs

On November 4, 2014, Headquarters Marine Corps Children, Youth and Teen Programs issued MARADMIN 570/14. This new MARADMIN supersedes all previous USMC Fee Assistance eligibility and funding guidance. MARADMIN 570/14 details the new eligibility and funding guidelines for active duty Marine service members who are applying, or already enrolled for off base fee assistance.   

The changes to eligibility and funding for off base child care fee assistance will provide a means of distributing limited funds in a more equitable manner for Marines without access to installation child care programs. Families currently authorized for off base child care fee assistance may see a change in the total amount of fee assistance authorized. Please be informed of the following changes to eligibility and funding for families enrolled in, or applying to the following programs:

  • Operation Military Child Care (OMCC),
  • Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN)

Child Care Aware® of America will implement the following guidelines effective immediately:

  • Geographically dispersed Marines in an active duty status (living more than a 15 mile radius from a Marine Corps installation with a child development program). Marine must be on active duty at minimum 31 days. Address will be verified through DEERS.
  • Eligible Marines attached to a Wounded Warrior Battalion may bypass the mileage requirement. Spouse of eligible Wounded Marine must be assigned as the primary caregiver of the Marine, employed 35 hours per week or attending an accredited full-time education program. Fallen Marine families are eligible while receiving survivor benefits.
  • Child must be living with the Marine Sponsor when not deployed.
  • Spouses must be employed full time (35 hours or more per week) or enrolled in an accredited full-time education program as determined by the educational institution and verified through appropriate documentation.
  • When transportation from community schools to before and after school programs is not available for school age care, fee assistance will be authorized for those families meeting the eligibility requirements.
  • Families that qualify will receive assistance based on total family income (TFI). Subsidy payments to providers shall be calculated by computing the difference between the DoD fee based on TFI and the provider’s rate, which shall not exceed the maximum fair market rate of 900 per month. If the selected child care provider charges mare than the maximum fair market rate of 900 dollars per month, then the Marine family is responsible to pay the DoD rate as well as the additional provider cost above 900 dollars per month.
  • Fee assistance will be authorized for part-day, part-time, before and after school care according to the number of child care hours attended.
  • Wounded and Fallen Marine families are encouraged to contact Child Care Aware of America for assistance with the application process.
  • Funding for eligible Marines will not apply retroactively. This fee assistance program is also subject to the availability of funds.
  • In cases of extenuating circumstances, a waiver may be authorized for fee assistance approval. Waiver requests shall be submitted to HQMC (MFY-3), using an administrative action (AA) form. All requests must be accompanied by an endorsement from the Battalion Commander or equivalent.
  • Families must re-certify for eligibility annually. Participation is based on a first come, first serve basis.
  • USMC off base Respite child care for Wounded Warriors and Fallen Warrior families provides 16 hours of child care per month at no cost to Marine families. Services shall assist with daily familial responsibilities and is not intended to be used for regularly scheduled child care needs.

 

Important Information Regarding Payment Policies and Procedures – 3/25/2014

In an effort to improve the quality and delivery of fee assistance programs, Child Care Aware® of America has put together some instructional documents relating to the payment policies and procedures. These policies will assist your family and provider in completing and submitting your monthly attendance records within a timely manner. Please be advised that these policies and procedures apply to the following Marine Corps Fee Assistance Programs:

  • Operation Military Child Care (OMCC)
  • Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN)

Marine Payment Policies

Marine Attendance Sheet Calendar
 

Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have regarding payment policies.  You may contact us at 1-(800) 793-0324 ext. 365, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM (EST). Please keep these payment policy documents in your records for easy reference.

 

New MARADMIN 292/13 Released 6/14/13 for Wounded and Fallen Respite Child Care

On June 14, 2013, Headquarters Marine Corps Children, Youth and Teen Programs issued MARADMIN 292/13 regarding the eligibility guidelines for community based Respite Child Care for Wounded Ill and Injured (WII) Marines and Fallen Marine Families.

USMC Community Based Respite Child Care Program is offered as recognition for the sacrifices made by Marines and their families. Eligible Marine participants will receive up to 16 hours of Respite care per month at no additional cost.

Please be advised that the program is not intended to be a substitute for regularly scheduled child care (i.e., full time or part time work or school enrollment). 

Effective immediately program eligibility guidelines are as follows:

  • Dependents, birth through 12 years of age, of WII Marines joined or attached to a Wounded Warrior Regiment unit are eligible for Respite child care for the duration of the service member’s assignment.
  • Dependents, birth through 12 years of age, of Fallen Marines may receive Respite child care while the spouse of the service member is eligible for survivor benefits.  

Verification of assignment/status will be verified through the WWR Operations Center and Casualty Branch. 

 

New MARADMIN Released 5/10/13 for Off Base Fee Assistance Programs

On May 10, 2013, Headquarters Marine Corps Children, Youth and Teen Programs issued MARADMIN 243/13.  The purpose of this new MARADMIN is to ensure the program is consistent, yet affordable within the limits of funding.  MARADMIN 243/13 details the new eligibility and funding guidelines for active duty Marine service members applying for off base fee assistance.   

Families currently authorized for Marine Corps Off Base Child Care Fee Assistance may see a change in eligibility or a reduction in the total amount of fee assistance authorized.  Child Care Aware of America will implement the changes in eligibility and funding, as described in MARADMIN 243/13.  Please be informed of the following changes to eligibility and funding for families enrolled in the following programs:

  • Operation Military Child Care (OMCC),
  • Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN)

Child Care Aware® of America will implement the following changes effective immediately:

  • Geographically dispersed active duty Marine families must live outside of a 15 mile radius of a USMC military installation with a child development program.
  • Child must live with the active duty Marine except during deployment or unaccompanied orders driven by cases of extenuating circumstances.  Information is verified in DEERS.
  • Spouse of Marine must be employed full-time (35 hours a week or more), enrolled in a full-time education program or assigned as the non-medical attendant for the Wounded Warrior.  Part-time employment coupled with part-time education may be considered.
  • Wounded and Fallen Marine families are encouraged to contact Child Care Aware® of America to discuss specific eligibility requirements
  • All families that qualify (except in locations identified as critical areas) will receive a subsidy not to exceed 3,000 dollars annually (up to 250 dollars per month) per child.
  • Any care outside of full-time care (part-day/part-time/before and/or after school) will be paid at 20 percent of the total cost of care for each child.  Current users will see a change at time of recertification.
  • These eligibility guidelines will not apply retroactively.
  • In cases of extenuating circumstance, a waiver may be authorized.  Waiver requests shall be submitted to HQMC (MFY-3) using an Administrative Action (AA) form.  All requests must be accompanied by one endorsement from the battalion commander or equivalent.