Navy Reserve Families

Reserve families have many opportunities to participate in our Child & Youth Programs. Here are some ways we can help meet your family's needs.

Fee Assistance for Navy Reserve Families

According to a DoD survey, only about 15% of Reservists live near a military installation, and 80% of Reserve families with children ages 5 and younger reported they use child care services when a parent is on active orders or deployed.

For Reserve families that don't live near an installation, the Navy Fee Assistance Program offers Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN), a fee assistance program supporting the needs of sailors who are activated or deployed. The Navy Fee Assistance Program will determine fee assistance amounts for eligible families and pay directly to the child care provider. To place a request for care at a military installation or to place a request for MCCYN, visit

The CYP Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Respite Care Program

Caring for children with special needs is a full-time job, and we want to provide you with some downtime. Whether you need time to relax, rest, attend appointments, or just take a break, the EFM program offers parents 40 hours of respite care per month. You'll rest easy knowing your child is being well cared for by trained providers while you take time for yourself. Find out more about eligibility requirements and applications here.  

CYP Family Programs

When your spouse is on active orders, check out the community-supported family programs, which can help take a bit off your plate while providing excellent care and opportunities for your children. These programs promote personal health and well-being, helping to build strong families and reduce stress. 

  • Being the sole caregiver for your child while your spouse is on active orders can become overwhelming. Respite child care through the YMCA offers you a short break while your child hangs out in a safe, nurturing environment. The program provides up to 16 hours of care per child, per month, and care is free for children up to age 12. Click here for information on eligibility and a listing of participating YMCAs. 
  • Online tutoring and homework help is available to military families at no charge. This program allows K-12 and adult students to connect with a live tutor online at any time for help with homework, studying, test prep, college coursework, and more. Access is free and students worldwide can use the program, regardless of where they attend school. Eligible military members can get details and create an account here.   

There are also programs available to Reserve families not on active orders. Sign your child up to participate in youth activities at a military installation or apply for a free membership to your local Boys & Girls Club. 4-H programs also support youth of Navy Reservists by offering local activities, events, and opportunities. 

To keep your child engaged during the long summer break, send them to camp! Each year, there are several summer camp opportunities for children of Active and Reserve sailors. Find out more here