The MCC care structure is a key component of the program’s profile, and is set up and maintained in program content by program users with the appropriate permissions. When the care structure is up-to-date and accurate, it supports an effective request for care process ─ benefiting both families and programs and strengthening mission readiness. For example:
- Families are able to request the care that specifically meets their needs (e.g., 24/7 care, after school care only, before and after prekindergarten). The care structure ─ together with the data MCC collects from families during the household profile setup and search for care process ─ helps MCC efficiently capture all dimensions of a family’s care needs for each child. When a family submits requests for specific care options with the same date care needed at the same duty installation for a specific child --this bundle of requests is called the child’s care requirement. MCC uses this care requirement information to feed the search, request, and offer for care processes.
- Programs can then make offers to families whose requests specifically match their available spaces. This allows programs to meet the needs of families and fill spaces in an efficient manner.
The MCC care structure and associated definitions reflect DoD instruction, but have been further refined to address program-level operations and support MCC capabilities. This structure reflects the actual child care services that programs provide every day and was designed to capture the specific care needs of eligible DoD families.
As depicted in the graphic below, the MCC care structure is composed of a standard set of program and care attributes that build upon one another to create a full and detailed picture of a program’s available child care services ─ starting with the broad characteristics of the program (program type) and finishing with the specific care offerings the program provides. Each program is first identified as one or more program types (e.g., CDC, SAC, FCC, 24/7) based on the care environment and ages served. The program type then defines which care types are available (e.g., full-day care, part-day care). In turn, the care type determines the care options and care offerings available. Each level of the MCC care structure is described in the sections that follow.
A graphic depicting the specific care structure for a CDC program is displayed below for reference. Graphics depicting the care structure for all DoD program types (e.g., CDC, SAC, 24/7 Center, and FCC provider) can be found in MCC Care Structure by Program Type.
NOTE: The MCC Coordinator is responsible for setting up a program’s care structure in MCC. If you have questions relating to how your program’s care structure was set up, please ask the program user in your program who is responsible for this set up. If you have any questions about who sets up your program’s care structure, please ask your MCC Coordinator.
As depicted in the graphic below, the first step in building your program’s care structure and defining your care options is to select your program’s program type. Each military child care program must be associated with at least one program type. In MCC, the program type determines the program’s general attributes (i.e., available care types, ages served) that will display on your program profile, and will affect how you set up your program’s care options.
The DoD supports the following program types:
- Child Development Center (CDC): This program type provides child care services for infants, pretoddlers, toddlers, and preschoolers of eligible families from Monday through Friday during standard work hours. The CDC program type supports the following care types: Full-Day Care and Part-Day Care.
- School Age Care (SAC) Program: This program type provides child care services for children of eligible families from the start of kindergarten through the end of the summer after seventh grade. This program type operates from Monday through Friday during standard work hours. The SAC program type supports the following care types: School Year Care and Summer Camp.
- Family Child Care Program: The FCC Program provides administrative oversight for the installation's Family Child Care (FCC) Providers. The FCC Program is responsible for on-boarding all FCC providers and requesting their program profile and user account be set up in MCC.
- FCC Provider (FCC): This program type provides child care services for infants, pretoddlers, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children of eligible families. Care is provided in the home of the FCC provider, located either on or off of an installation. The FCC Provider program type supports the following care types: Full-Day Care, Part-Day Care, School Year Care, Summer Camp, 24/7 Care, and Extended Care.
- 24/7 Center: This program type provides child care services for infants, pretoddlers, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children of eligible families during non-traditional hours on a regular basis. This program type is designed to serve watch standers or shift workers, who work non-traditional, and/or rotating schedules (i.e., weekends, nights, and evenings). The 24/7 Center program type supports the following care types: 24/7 Care and Extended Care. Families must submit proof of work schedule to qualify for 24/7 care.
Once your program has designated a program type, you may then select your program’s care types, which are the category of child care services available through your designated program type(s).
In the MCC care structure, care types build upon your designated program type, serving to define general characteristics of care offered to military families, including care schedule and age groups or grades served. The graphic below depicts how care types form the next level of the care structure, after the program type.
Care types also organize the care options available ─ which is the next level of the care structure, described in the following section. Information captured in care types also helps programs report on and meet the care requirements of DoD families.
Below are the standard care types used by DoD programs:
- Full-Day Care: This care type is associated with the CDC and FCC provider program types and provides child care services for infants through preschool age children for six hours or more per day on a regular basis, at least 4 days per week.
- Part-Day Care: This care type is associated with the CDC and FCC provider program types and provides child care services for infants through preschool age children for fewer than six hours per day on a seasonal or regularly scheduled part-day basis.
- School Year Care: This care type is associated with the SAC and FCC provider program types and provides child care services for school age children (i.e., children enrolled in kindergarten – grade 7) during the school year.
- Summer Camp: This care type is associated with the SAC and FCC provider program types and provides child care services for school age children between school years during the summer.
- 24/7 Care: This care type is associated with the 24/7 Center and FCC provider program types and provides child care services for infants through school age children during non-traditional and overnight hours on a regular basis. 24/7 care supports watch standers or shift workers who work non-traditional, and sometimes rotating schedules (i.e., weekends, overnights, and evenings) and is often used in lieu of other care types.
- Extended Care: This care type is associated with the 24/7 Center and FCC provider program types and provides child care services for infants through school age children during extended or non-traditional hours on an irregular or occasional basis. Extended care is often utilized by families in conjunction with other types of care.
Each program type is associated with specific care types. The graphic below displays the care types available to each DoD program type.
Selecting Secondary Program Types to Capture Your Program’s Care Types
As illustrated above, care types are tied to specific program types. Since program type impacts the attributes displayed on your program profile, your program must designate the program types that reflect your child care services so you can set up the full range of care types and care options on your program profile.
While some programs may only need one program type (referred to as the “primary” program type) to capture all of the care types they offer, other programs may designate additional program types (referred to as a “secondary” program type) to capture the specific range of child care services they offer. Below are several scenarios in which a program must designate a secondary program type.
Note: Only users with the appropriate permissions designate the program type(s) on the program profile. If you have any questions about this process, please ask your MCC Coordinator.
Examples of When a Program User Should Designate a Secondary Program Type
Scenario 1: CDC with SAC as a secondary program type: Garrison Child Development Center has classrooms for infant through preschool age children, and offers a kindergarten program to kindergarten-eligible children. This program should have a primary program type of CDC and a secondary program type of SAC.
Scenario 2: SAC with CDC as a secondary program type: Fort Bravo SAC Program provides school year care, but also offers part-day preschool during the school year. This program should have a primary program type of SAC and a secondary program type of CDC.
Scenario 3: 24/7 Center with CDC and SAC as a secondary program type: The Main 24/7 Center provides care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for families who work non-traditional and/or rotating schedules. Because additional space is available, the program can also serve infant through school age children during typical operating hours as well. This program should have a primary program type of 24/7 and two secondary program types of CDC and SAC.
Just as each program type has associated care types, each care type then defines the range of care options available. Care options provide more specific information on key attributes of the child care services provided such as the age groups served, the operating schedule, and the dates care is available. These attributes are important drivers in the family’s search for care process ─ allowing MCC to match the family’s care requirement to a specific program’s care options.
The graphic below visually depicts how care options form the next level of the care structure, building upon the care types defined by the program type.
The table below defines the care options associated with each care type and provides definitions for each care option. The table presents the care options currently established in MCC. If your program provides a care option that does not align with any of the care options currently available in MCC, contact the MCC Support Desk to determine if a new care option should be created.
Care Options Available by Care Type
Some care options may also include a final care structure level - called care offerings - to further refine the services provided. Care offerings are only associated with the School Year Care, School Year Care - Kindergarten, Pre-K Before and After School, Summer Camp, and Summer Camp by Grade care options. Programs that operate these care options have other services associated with them that cannot be conveyed at the care option level (i.e., before school care, after school care, etc.) and care offerings capture these distinct services in MCC. In the case of the Summer Camp and Summer Camp by Grade care options, the care offering breaks down the summer camp into weekly sessions.
The detail provided by the care offerings level of the care structure allows families to request the care that meets their specific needs (e.g., my child needs only winter camp and all school out days; my child only needs weeks 2, 3, and 5 of summer camp, my child needs flexible school out days from an FCC provider). Care offerings also allow you to match your actual spaces (e.g., your program has a space in your Winter Camp) to a family that specifically requests that offering (e.g., the family requested care for Winter Camp).
The care options and their associated care offerings are defined below.
Care Options with Associated Care Offerings