Washington, D.C.- Congresswoman Elise Stefanik applauds the expansion of affordable care services for military families, following her continued advocacy. Today, the U.S. Department of Defense launched the first military family fee assistance program for state-licensed childcare providers in New York. New York will be the first state to provide this critical childcare fee assistance to the thousands of military families in Upstate New York at Fort Drum and statewide.  

Stefanik has fought hard to ensure that the MCCYN-PLUS Program expanded into New York and was made eligible for the Department of Defense’s fee assistance program in past national defense bills. This fee assistance will help offset the cost of childcare for our military families and will provide a maximum rate of $1800 per month per child.

“As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and the representative for Fort Drum, I am proud that following my consistent advocacy, the DOD will provide fee assistance to military families in New York for state-licensed childcare providers," stated Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, "Our military families at Fort Drum and around New York sacrifice everyday to serve our nation, it is critical that we work to alleviate the difficulties of military life. I am glad that Fort Drum families will now have access to a fee assistance program for state-licensed childcare providers, opening up many more childcare options for our military families. I will continue to fight to ensure all military families have access to affordable and high-quality childcare service; it is unacceptable to expect anything else.” 

Military families can search for and select an approved child care provider through the Department of Defense request-for-care website, MilitaryChildCare.com.