New York National Guard Child & Youth Program

The New York National Guard Child and Youth Program (NYNGCYP) exists to provide military child and youth with valuable opportunities for networking and skill development. Started in 2006, the New York National Guard Child and Youth Program has continued to grow both in numbers of participants and numbers of volunteers. Building on its philosophy of providing social, emotional and academic support to military children and youth, the NYNGCYP works to increase awareness of challenges facing military children and youth as well as the resources available for these individuals.

Our mission is to prepare our diverse population for success in a dynamic global society, by providing leadership, resources, services, and education, and to insure that the structures, programs and services of the child and youth program reflect the unique needs of all military youth.

Call one of our Child and Youth Program Coordinators below or email us @ nysyouthcoordinators@gmail.com to learn more about the NYNG CYP or to volunteer.

If you would like to request NYNG Child and Youth Program support for an event, complete this form and attach it to your email.

We look forward to working with you!

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New York State Child and Youth Program Coordinators

Steffi Munson (Lead)
Family Programs Office
330 Old Niskayuna Rd
Latham, NY 12110
Office: (518) 786-4904
Alexandra Santiago
Family Programs Office
330 Old Niskayuna Rd
Latham, NY 12110
Office: (518) 786-4614
Email: NYSYouthCoordinators@gmail.com

Army Fee Assistance (AFA)

Army Fee Assistance (AFA) was created to assist qualifying Army Sponsors with the cost of off-post child care allowing Families to pay fees comparable to those charged at an installation. If you do not have access to an on-installation child care provider, you may be eligible to participate in AFA. The benefit is available to children from birth through 12 years of age.

Children must be enrolled in child care a minimum of 16 hours per week in order to qualify for AFA. The AFA will be paid directly to the Sponsor’s child care provider and their statement/bill should reflect the reduction in cost that will result from the AFA.

To be eligible, the sponsor must be one of the following:

  • Army
    • Army Active Duty
    • Deployed Active Duty
    • Department of Army Civilians
  • Army National Guard
    • ARNG Activated
    • ARNG Deployed
  • Army Reserves
    • AR Activated
    • AR Deployed
  • Wounded Warrior
  • Survivor of a Fallen Soldier (SOS)

For Sponsors who are married, or single sponsors with a partner, the spouse/partner must be working, attending school or looking for work and/or enrolling in school and need child care a minimum of 16 hours per week. For those spouse/partners seeking employment or enrolling in school, special consideration may be granted which would allow the Family to receive AFA up to 90 days.

For more information, visit the Army Fee Assistance (AFA) website


Operation Military Child Care (NACCRRA)

WHO is eligible to participate?

Families/Child Guardians of National Guard & Reserve Service Members who are activated/deployed Families/Child Guardians of deployed Active Duty Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who are unable to access child care on military installations are eligible during the deployment period and for 60 days after the return of the Military Parent.

Note: The fee assistance program is intended to help support military spouses’ employment, education, or special medical circumstances. Fee assistance will only be provided to single military families, dual military families, and military families with a spouse who is working or enrolled in school. It will also be provided to military families where the spouse is looking for work for a period of up to 60 days.

Note: Operation: Military Child Care services are not an entitlement and are subject to geographic availability of child care and DOD/Military Service Funding.

Military Child Care in your Neighborhood

Who’s eligible? Children of geographically dispersed Active Duty families with no access to on-base child care. Examples include children of Active Duty Recruiters, ROTC Instructors, MEPCOM personnel, Service Members on independent duty assignments and Service Members living in communities that are not within reasonable commuting distances to military installations. Children of Active Duty families who are wait-listed per Service policy and not currently enrolled in on-base child care.

Note: MCCYN programs may not be available in all locations.
Child Age Groups Served: 6 weeks - 12 years.
Child Care Options: Children may attend civilian child care centers, FCC homes and after-school programs. Children may use full-day, part-day and hourly child care. This program is subject to geographic location.

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Page Last Modified: 13 Jan 22