Frequently Asked Questions
A: You will need to meet certain educational, professional and physical requirements to qualify for a Navy CYP career. The requirements vary depending on the position and are available in the job posting. Entry-level positions require no experience or formal education, but an age requirement (18 years or older) may apply.
A: Once you have been accepted, you will receive orientation training and standardized training for your specific position. You may also participate in webinars or on-the-job training activities.
A: Navy CYP pays for the initial and renewal Child Development Associate (CDA) and Military School Age (MSA) credentials for direct childcare employees who are eligible candidates with the Council for Professional Recognition.
A: Navy CYP offers various benefits including health insurance, educational benefits, perks such as discounted tickets, and more. Additionally, you may be eligible for special bonuses or other financial incentives.
A: The incentive program is a financial benefit for new CYP non-appropriated fund (NAF) employees. It consists of a $500 sign-on bonus, up to $1,750 in additional incentives, and up to 24 hours in time-off awards.
A: Navy CYP offers relocation assistance for some positions, which is outlined in the job posting. Relocation expense reimbursement does not apply to all positions. For example, you might see “Relocation bonus of $5,000 for 50+ mile radius” or similar language in the job posting.
A: The salary can vary depending on the position and your experience level.
A: All new hire employees in administrative support, custodial, direct child care, and facilities maintenance positions are eligible for new hire incentives.
A: The $500 sign-on bonus is a one-time payment made to eligible new CYP employees. The additional incentives are awarded based on milestone achievements after successfully completing 90 days, 6 months, and 12 months of employment.
A: A time-off award is paid time off that is awarded based on milestone achievements after successfully completing 90 days (8 hours), 6 months (8 hours), and 12 months (8 hours) of employment. It is use or lose (must use the time within 1 year of receiving it).
A: Navy CYP employees receive a 50% discount for one child enrolled in a Navy-operated program. Additionally, a 20% multi-child discount applies to other children enrolled in a Child Development Center, School Age Care (before/after school; summer camp), 24/7 Center, or Child Development Home Program.
A: The Navy CYP child care discount is a benefit for all employees (i.e., full-time, part-time, flex) who work at least 15 hours per week. A 20% multi-child discount also applies.
A: Yes. Child and Youth Programs staff can enroll their children ages 12 and under in military child care programs.
A: All families who wish to request child care in a military program must visit www.MilitaryChildCare.com. You can search for available programs at your location and request care for your eligible children. Offers for care are made via email from MilitaryChildCare.com. Families must accept an offer within two business days, so it is important to monitor your email regularly. After accepting your offer for care, the program will verify that you are a Child and Youth Programs employee during the registration process.
A: Military programs must serve the highest priority families first to ensure the most mission-critical families receive access to military child care. To ensure programs meet this requirement, the Department of Defense (DoD) prioritizes your family based on your family type. Child Development Program staff are considered Priority 1A, which is the highest priority. All families where the sponsor is a Child Development Program staff member will have the same priority regardless of spouse status.
A: The Navy is committed to providing accessible, affordable and high-quality child care. The Navy offers child care services on a sliding fee scale to make high-quality child care affordable for all parents regardless of income. In order to determine the cost of child care for each child, Navy CYP will calculate your total family income (TFI). Each family’s TFI category determines the rate that parents pay for child care for each child based on the type of care needed. There is a 20% discount for additional children of the same family enrolled in care. More information about TFI can be found on “The Family’s Guide to Total Family Income,” available at https://s3.amazonaws.com/elib-prod/files/pubs/Family_Guide_TFI.pdf.
A: If your child attends a school that is not served by a military School Age Care Program, you may be eligible for the Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) Fee Assistance Program, which offsets the costs of community-based child care. If MCCYN Fee Assistance is available for your child, it will display as a care option you can request on www.MilitaryChildCare.com