Veterans, VA employees and their families qualify for the Veterans Affairs Child Care Subsidy Program in some instance. This program allows you to receive funding for the costs of childcare. If you have been struggling to afford childcare, you may have stayed at home to look after your children instead of working to lift yourself out of financial hardship. This program helps those in this situation, but it is not available in all states.
Find a list of childcare providers that are approved for the program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. These are listed by state, so you easily see whether your state supports the program. Search for childcare providers in your state by clicking on the online map provide on the VA website. In addition, find an approved childcare provider through the GSA website. Read on to find out more about the VA Child Care subsidy Program.
The VA Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial help towards the cost of childcare. It is available to qualifying veterans, VA employees and their families. Eligible active duty members, active duty reservists of the United States coast guard and others are provided with assistance from the Child Care Subsidy Program.
Established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the program helps veterans on low incomes to provide childcare for their children at VA-approved childcare providers. The childcare provider is either a federally sponsored childcare center, a family childcare home or a non-federally sponsored childcare center. The care facility must be licensed or regulated. You choose which VA-approved childcare facility you wish to use. As well as receiving a reduction in childcare fees, the program makes sure your child is placed in a high-quality establishment offering excellent facilities and a high level of care. This quality is maintained regardless of which type of facility you wish to enroll your
You must meet certain criteria to qualify for the VA Child Care Subsidy Program. To be eligible for the program:
Veterans and federal employees who wish to participate in the Child Care Subsidy program can apply by contacting their local Child Care Subsidy Point of Contact. You must provide copies of your latest pay stubs or Internal Revenue Service tax submissions along with an application form. Provide a copy of your childcare provider’s license or a statement of compliance relating to your state’s childcare regulations. If you already receive state or local childcare subsidies, you must include the source of the funds and the amount you receive on the application form. You must complete and submit OPM Form 1644.
The application form itself is Form OPM 1643. This is downloadable so you can fill it out by hand. Alternatively, type directly into the form online and then print it out. You must fill out all required parts of the application form. If you submit an incomplete application, it is not processed, and the form is returned to you. Details you must provide on the application form include:
If you are a VA employee, you can apply for the VA Child Care Subsidy Program online by using your VA Network Identification. Your local Human Resources office then submits your application through the CCRMS. You must upload your supporting documents and complete a several other forms and documents. These are:
If you are eligible for the VA Child Care Subsidy Program, you may be able to have all fees, or a portion of the fees paid for on your behalf. You do not receive the funds directly. Instead, they go to your nominated childcare provider. As long as the provider qualifies for the VA Child Care Subsidy Program, the provider receives the funds via Electronic Funds Transfer. This is a system in which money is transferred from one bank account to another bank account without the need for paper money. The direct deposit is made through the United States Federal Reserve Bank’s Automated Clearing House network.
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