Child Care Subsidy Programs

The Working Parents Assistance Program (WPA)
The State of Maryland Child Care Scholarship Program (SCCSP)

 

How to Apply

Click on the link below to complete an application for the Working Parents Assistance Program (WPA) online.  Once the form is displayed, click next to each section and complete each section.  Sign the application, print and submit the WPA application by email to wpa@montgmerycountymd.gov, in person, by mail or fax to the Child Care Subsidy Office (240-777-1342).

Application - English  Solicitud - en Español
 

Documents to Bring

  • Verification of wages:  pay stubs covering the most recent and consecutive four weeks of employment.  If newly employed, provide 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 undergraduate 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:  apartment or house lease, driver's license with current address, 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 pursuit 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, in order 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 the Voluntary Child Support Declaration Statement.
  • Copy of tax return:  latest Federal 1040 Form along with all W-2’s.
  • Proof of all additional income.  

Eligibility Requirements

Families who meet the following incoming categories may be eligible for the Working Parents Assistance Program (WPA):

Family Size Minimum Annual Income* Maximum Annual Income**
Family of 2 $48,638 $59,185
Family of 3 $60,082 $74,655
Family of 4 $71,526 $90,125
Family of 5 $82,970 $105,595
Family of 6 

Family of 7

Family of 8
$94,414

$96,559

$98,705
$121,065

$136,535

$152,005
 

* WPA Minimum Annual Income for family sizes greater than eight are not provided.  Contact the Working Parents Assistance Program (240-777-1177) for assistance.

**WPA Maximum Annual Income - Teen parents and non-parent custodians on the Working Parents Assistance Program  (WPA) will have $5,000 deducted from their annual gross income for each child enrolled in child care;  if you applied for WPA subsidy and your income falls at or below the applicable minimum income, you must then apply for the State of Maryland Child Care Scholarship Program (SCCSP).
***Families must be employed 25 hours per week or participate in an undergraduate or vocational program full time, or participate in a combination of both work and school.

 

Families who meet the following income categories may be eligible for the State of Maryland Child Care Scholarship Program (SCCSP):

Family Size Maximum Annual Income*

Family of 2

$48,637

Family of 3

$60,081

Family of 4

$71,525

Family of 5

$82,969

Family of 6

$94,413

Family of 7

$96,558

Family of 8

$98,704

Family of 9

$100,850

Family of 10

$102,996

 

Fees and Payments

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

FAQ's

1.    What do I do with the voucher I received by email?
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, the 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. 
State of Maryland Child Care Scholarship 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 and return via email to CCSScholarships@maryland.gov.  

2.   What are the advantages of applying for child support through the Office of Child Support Enforcement?
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 child 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 if I choose a provider that charges more than the subsidy amount on the voucher? 
Both the WPA Program and the SCCSP 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 the child care subsidy voucher.

4.  How can the provider get a copy of the client's voucher if they do not have it?
Providers can send an email request to wpainvoices@montgomerycountymd.gov.

5.  Where does a provider go to submit the monthly invoice for payment? 
Visit our website to log in and submit an invoice.  If this is your first time logging in, you will be required to register and set up an account.

6.  When should a provider submit an invoice for payment?
Complete and return invoices no later than the close of business on the fifth day of the month, following the month that services were provided.

Additional Information

 

Working Parents Assistance Program (WPA)

Parents and child care providers with questions about the Montgomery County Working Parents Assistance Program (WPA), or who need to provide information to WPA for completion of the child care subsidy application processes, 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 of Maryland Child Care Scholarship Program (SCCSP)

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

  Parents Providers
Phone 1-877-277-0125 1-877-227-0125
FAX 202-478-2102 202-478-5117
Email  CCSCentral2@maryland.gov CCSinvoices@maryland.gov
Address
CCS Central 2
P.O. Box 346031
Bethesda, MD  20827
 
CCS Central 2
P.O. Box 346022
Bethesda, MD  20827
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