If you are a veteran, current service member or a worker in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), you may be able to receive subsidized child care through the government, depending on factors like your income, military status, place of residence and more.
One little-known resource for child care assistance is the VA Child Care Subsidy Program. This program is open to employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), who can submit their applications online through the Child Care Records Management System (CCRMS).
To apply for child care subsidies through the VA, you simply need a VA Network Identification (NT ID). If you do not have one, you must fill out a paper application instead.
When you apply for a child care subsidy for VA employees, you will need to provide a copy of your tax returns, W-2 forms and a few other documents. You will also need to fill out a new child care subsidy request form for each month that you need child care assistance.
If you are a current service member and don’t have access to child care on your military base, you may be able to receive this assistance through Child Care Aware of America.
When it comes to this type of daycare assistance for military families, Child Care Aware treats each branch of the military separately even though the application procedures are the same:
- Register through the Military Child Care website.
- Apply for child care through a base (if you live close to one).
- Fill out the waitlist application for general child care.
Be aware that the waitlist mentioned above is for “community” child care. This means that approved applicants would receive assistance paying for off-installation child care fees.
Additionally, even though the applications may be similar, there is a separate waitlist for each of the following military branches:
- Air Force
- Marine Corps
In addition to the government subsidies you may be able to receive through the military, you may also want to look for private child care resources for military families.
Many daycare centers and child care institutions may offer veteran child care discounts, scholarships or sliding fees, as well as further discounts if you sign up more than one child in their care.