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Montgomery County Community Action Agency

2424 Reedie Drive, Suite 238, Wheaton, MD 20902

Main: 240-777-1697/ Fax: 240-777-3295

The Community Action Agency reduces poverty and increases self-sufficiency among Montgomery County residents through services, partnerships, and advocacy.

Check the new EITC outreach website and learn about free tax help, important tax credits you may be eligible for, financial education resources, and much more!


Register your child for Head Start/PreK

General Information for 2016-2017 School Year 

Additional Information in English and Spanish

Registration Sites


**NEW!** Community Action/ Head Start Annual Reports

FY 2014

FY 2015

Need help filing your taxes?  

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program can help!

Click HERE for information about free tax preparation in Montgomery County


Please click HERE for information about applying to volunteer on the Community Action Board.

**NEW!**  Report summarizing the Community Action Board's fall focus groups at the TESS Center.  Please click HERE.

*To view a summary of the 2015 poverty forums in Gaithersburg and East County, please click HERE


The Montgomery County Community Action Agency (CAA), the County’s federally-designated anti-poverty agency, is part of Montgomery’s County Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Affairs, and a member of the National Community Action Partnership.  The Community Action Agency addresses needs of low-income residents in the County through programs designed to stabilize and strengthen families and communities:

  • The Takoma East Silver Spring (TESS) Center – CAA’s “walk-in” TESS Center is a “Neighborhood Opportunity Network” site serving the diverse, low-income community of Long Branch. Its information and referrals, social service assistance, interpretation and translation, education, “VITA” and legal services are delivered in partnership with nonprofits, public agencies and community groups. 
  • Head Start – CAA is the grantee for Montgomery County’s Head Start Program, serving 648 three and four-year-olds, in partnership with its delegate, MCPS, and Montgomery College.
  • Partner agencies – CAA provides oversight, monitoring and technical support to its assigned County contracts, working with 25+ local non-profit organizations delivering job training, legal services, clothing and food, social services, and education.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) – in partnership with the IRS, and with its government, academic, and nonprofit partners, CAA coordinates free, year-round tax preparation for low-income residents.

The Community Action Board (CAB) serves in an advisory capacity to the County Executive and County Council, and as an advocate on behalf of the poor and working poor of the County. Members are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. The (CAB) supports governance of Community Action Agency programs, including Head Start. County Boards, Committees and Commissions

The CAB meets the 4th Tuesday of the month (except in July, August and December) at 7:00 PM at 401 Hungerford Drive in Rockville in the Tan Conference Room. B/C/C Calendar

Community Action Services & Community Partners Brochure

2016 Faces of Poverty Report

2015 Community Action Slideshow

Follow Community Action on Social Media:

Community Action Blog

Community Action Facebook Page

Sign-Up for the Community Action E-Newsletter


Maryland Community Action Partnership




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