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Child Care Subsidy Programs

How to Apply

Click on the link below to complete an application for the Working Parents Assistance Program (WPA).  Sign and submit the WPA application in person, by mail or fax to the Child Care Subsidy Office (240-777-1342).

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The form is fillable online--click next to each section you can complete the form, save it and print to mail, fax (240-777-1342) email (wpa@montgomerycountymd.gov) or deliver to office.

Documents To Bring

  • Verification of wages:  most recent and consecutive four weeks of pay stubs or, if newly employed, a letter from the employer (on company letterhead) stating work schedule, wages per hour and number of hours worked per week.  Letter should include a supervisor's name, signature and contact information.
  • Verification of school activity:  registration for vocational training or school attendance including a start date, days of attendance, hours of attendance and end date.  Payment receipt must also be provided.
  • Proof of identity:  government issued document such as birth certificate, passport or driver's license for all members of the family.
  • Photo identification:  driver’s license, Maryland ID or employment ID for head of household.
  • Proof of address:  driver's license with current address, apartment or house lease, electric, gas, water or phone bill.
  • Birth certificates:  copy of birth certificate for all children in the household.
  • Proof of child support:  single parents must provide verification of receipt or pursuance of child support.  If child support has not been pursued, either a) a child support application must be completed, reporting all information about the absent parent, to establish court ordered child support through the Child Support Enforcement Administration, or b) an Official Voluntary Child Support Declaration Statement must be completed and signed by the absent parent in front of a notary public. The absent parent must provide proof of address along with this statement.
  • Copy of tax return:  latest Federal 1040 Form along with all W-2’s.
  • Proof of all additional income.  

Eligibility Requirements

Families in the following categories may be eligible for the Working Parents Assistance (WPA) Program

Family Size Minimum Annual Income* Maximum Annual Income**
Family of 2 $24,278 $51,360
Family of 3 $29,991 $57,780
Family of 4 $35,703 $64,200
Family of 5 $41,415 $69,360
Family of 6 or more $47,128* $74,520

* WPA Minimum Annual Income for family sizes greater than six are not provided.  Contact Montgomery County Child Care Subsidy Programs (240-777-1155) for assistance.

**WPA Maximum Annual Income - Teen parents and non-parent custodians on the Working Parents Assistance  (WPA) program will have $5,000 deducted from their annual gross income for each child enrolled in child care;  if you applied for the WPA program and your income falls at or below the applicable minimum income, the Montgomery County Child Care Subsidy Programs will forward you an application to apply for child care assistance from State of Maryland Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP).

 

Families in the following categories may be eligible for the Maryland Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP)

Family Size Maximum Annual Income*

Family of 2

$24,277

Family of 3

$29,990

Family of 4

$35,702

Family of 5

$41,414

Family of 6

$47,127

Family of 7

$48,198

Family of 8

$49,269

Family of 9

$50,340

Family of 10

$51,411

*Teen parents and non-parent custodians on both the Maryland Child Care Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) and the Working Parents Assistance (WPA) program will have $5,000 deducted from their annual gross income for each child enrolled in child care.  If you applied for the WPA program and your income falls at or below the applicable minimum income, the Montgomery County Child Care Subsidy Programs will forward you an application to apply for child care assistance from CCSP.

Fees and Payments

Working Parents Assistance payments are made monthly based on the value of the vouchers 

FAQ's

1.    What do I do with the voucher I received by mail?
Working Parents Assistance Program  The client receives a voucher, covering a period of months, for each eligible child.  The voucher will contain the name of the child, they type of care required for that child, the months covered and the amount of the monthly subsidy the child will receive.  The client will keep one copy and the provider will keep one copy.  The provider will receive an invoice for each eligible child at the end of the month, which must be fully completed and, preferably, emailed to our office for payment (wpa@montgomerycountymd.gov).
State Child Care Subsidy Program (formerly Purchase of Care - POC)   The provider must fully complete Section IV, (Provider Information), at the bottom of the voucher.  The client and the provider must both sign and date the voucher.  The client keeps one copy, the provider keeps one copy and the original is returned, fully completed, to MDCCSP, P.O. Box 17543, Baltimore, MD  21297-1543 or by fax to 410-229-0010 immediately or within sixty days after the authorization date of the voucher.  After sixty days from the authorization date, the voucher expires.

2.   What are the advantages of applying for child support through the Office of Child Support Enforcement?

With court-ordered child support, a child is eligible to receive child support until the emancipation age of 18.  However, government subsidies will end before the emancipation age.  Often when pursuing child support.  The goal of the WPA program is economic self-sufficiency.  If the child support is court ordered, a child is eligible to receive child support until the emancipation age of 18.  However, government subsidies will end before the emancipation age.  Often when pursuing child support, paternity is also established.  Establishing paternity gives a child born outside of marriage the same legal rights as a child born to married parents.  These include Social Security benefits, veteran’s benefits and inheritance rights.  If the absent parent stops paying support and the payments have been ordered by the court, the court will be able to enforce the order and hold the absent parent accountable and in contempt of court.

3.  What are the advantages of using licensed care?

The Working Parents Assistance (WPA) Program only makes payment to licensed providers.  Licensed providers must attend educational orientations regarding child health and safety, child supervision, and general program operations.  They must complete 24 hours of child development courses along with a Basic First Aid Certification.  Licensed providers must have a criminal background check, have an emergency plan in place, and pass inspection of their homes from the Licensing Department and Fire Department.

4.  My provider sent in the Working Parents Assistance (WPA) Program invoices.  They were fully completed and signed, but she has not received any payment.  What can they do?

The provider should call Mia King, Montgomery County Child Care Subsidy Program, WPA Payment Specialist, at 240-777-1164, for payment questions

5.  I receive assistance from the State's CCSP.  My provider sent int the State Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP).  My provider sent in the State Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) invoices fully completed and signed, but she has not been paid.  What can she do?  

The provider should call the CCSP's Baltimore office at 1-866-243-8796 for payment questions.

6. What if I choose a provider that charges more than the subsidy amount on the voucher? 

Both the WPA Program and the CCSP will only pay the subsidy amount authorized on the voucher.  When selecting a provider, discuss all costs before enrollment.  The parent is responsible for paying all fees above or in addition to the cost of child care.

7.  I am on the State Child Care Subsidy Program and my voucher indicates that I must pay a co-payment.  Is this the only amount I must pay the provider?

Many providers have fees in addition to the weekly cost of child care, such as registration fees, late pick-up fee and activity fees.  Often, the voucher amount issued for the State Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) or the Working Parents Assistance (WPA) Program does not cover the full cost of child care.  The parent is responsible for paying the "difference" between the authorized child care subsidy amount and any additional costs above the voucher amount.  Prior to enrolling your child in care, please carefully read the provider's rules and regulations and understand all fees associated with the cost of care. 

Additional Information

 

Working Parents Assistance Program

Parents and providers with questions about the Montgomery County Working Parents Assistance (WPA) Program or who need to provide information to WPA for completion of the child care subsidy application process or for provider payment should use the following contact information:

  Parents Providers
Phone 240-777-1177 240-777-1177
InfoLink 240-777-1155 240-777-1155
FAX 240-777-1342, 240-777-1153 240-777-1342, 240-777-1153
Email wpa@montgomerycountymd.gov wpainvoices@montgomerycountymd.gov
Address


7300 Calhoun Place, Suite 700
Rockville, MD  20850

 

7300 Calhoun Place, Suite 700
Rockville, MD  20850

 

State Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP)

Parents and providers with questions about the State Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP), formerly Purchase of Care (POC), or who need to provide information to the CCSP for completion of the child care subsidy application process or for provider payment should use the following contact information:
 

  Parents Providers
Phone 1-866-243-8796 1-866-243-8796
FAX 410-229-0053 410-229-0010
Email  CCSCentral@conduent.com mdsspppinvoices@xerox.com
Address CCS Central
P.O. Box 17015
Baltimore, MD  212971
 
MDCCSP
P.O. Box 17543
Baltimore, MD  21297-1543
P307

 

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