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Montgomery County Community Action Agency


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Our New Address is 1401 Rockville Pike, 3rd Floor, Rockville, MD 20852

Main: 240-777-1697

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

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



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 PM at the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room in Rockville.  The CAB Executive Committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 4 PM at the MidCounty Center, 2424 Reedie Drive, 1st Floor Conference Room in Wheaton B/C/C Calendar

FY 2017 Community Services and Community Partners Brochure

2016 Faces of Poverty Report

2016 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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