Child Care Subsidy Program Benefit Information for Federal Employees
The cost of child care can be extremely expensive and especially difficult for families to afford. Working parents need quality child care arrangements to remain effective at work and home. If you are a parent who works during these early years, choosing a qualified child care provider is one of the most important decisions you will ever make for you and your child. Research has shown that young children who receive quality child care and early education are better prepared for school and their future.
Child Care Subsidy Programs provide financial assistance to employees for their children from birth through 12 years of age, or are disabled and under the age of 18, and are enrolled, or will be enrolled, in licensed family child care homes or center-based child care. In order to be considered a qualifying child care provider, the home or center must be licensed or, accredited and/or regulated by State and/or local authorities.
The General Services Administration (GSA) currently administers Child Care Subsidy Programs on behalf of the following agencies:
- General Services Administration (will be added to this site in the future)
- National Park Service (will be added to this site in the future)
- U.S. Army
- U.S. Coast Guard
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
For specific information, program eligibility and application process please select the appropriate Agency from the listing above.
Authority allowing Federal Agencies to use appropriated funds to subsidize child care was first established as a pilot program by Congress in Public Law 106-58 Section 643 on September 29, 1999.Federal agencies, at their own discretion, can establish a Child Care Subsidy Program for their employees to assist with the costs of child care.