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Important Notification

Effective 1 May 2018, Coast Guard active duty (AD), Coast Guard reservists on active duty orders and Public Health Service officers on Coast Guard active duty orders and receive child care services in a USCG designated high cost area may receive up to an additional $225 to their child care subsidy payment once per month until 30 September 2018. Under no circumstance will the Member’s required portion of child care costs plus the High Cost Initiative exceed the total cost billed by the Provider. In these cases, the additional subsidy will be prorated and paid accordingly. Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information.


The USCG CCS benefit is available to Active Duty Members and Active Duty Reservists called to action for 180 days or longer. Families may qualify for subsidy benefits in accordance with the Benefit Table based upon their Total Family Income (TFI) (Adjusted Gross Income + Annual BAS + Annual BAH II).

Please be advised that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Child Care Subsidy Program offered through the USDA is based upon the Department of Defense (DOD) fee structure that the U.S. Coast Guard and DOD CDC's have in place. Therefore, if you are using any USCG or DOD CDC you are currently paying child care rates that are comparable or equal to this program and would not qualify to receive benefits under this program.

Eligibility to receive benefits is based upon all documents submitted to the USDA for review. A determination of benefits will be completed at which time the Member and their Child Care Provider will receive an email from the USDA informing them of the benefit that they may be entitled to and the effective date.

Please note that Members are financially responsible for all child care costs until they have been informed by the USDA that a U.S. Coast Guard Child Care Subsidy benefit has been approved on the Member’s behalf.

Eligibility includes the Members who meet the following criteria:

  1. Active duty USCG Member, or a USCG Reservist who has been called to Active Duty for 180 days or longer, and
  2. The parent or legal guardian of a child (or children) age 12 and younger, and
  3. Pay child care costs for that child (or children) to a licensed/regulated provider

and are:

  1. A single parent, or
  2. A Member with a Spouse/Partner who is working, attending school or looking for work and meets any of the following:
    1. Working a minimum of 20 hours per week
    2. Actively seeking employment
    3. Enrolled in school full time
    4. In the process of enrolling in school full time
    5. A combination of credit hours and labs, work study or other related studies that do not result in a credit hour or hours may qualify. (A review of the school schedule will be required to determine eligibility.)
    6. Any combination of work and school hours

To begin your application process:

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Last Updated / Reviewed: December 13, 2018