CHILD CARE SUBSIDY: If a parent is unable to afford or is having difficulty paying for day care and is working, attending school or in a job training program (full- or part-time), DSS will take an application and determine eligibility based on family size, income and need.
The client receives a voucher, which is a written contract stating how much the local DSS will pay for day care. Vouchers are given for each child, but they usually do not cover the full expense of the day care. Priority is as follows:
- TCA customers who are employed, in job training, or in school
- Customers no longer receiving TCA due to employment
- Income-eligible non-TCA customers who are employed, in job training, or in school
- Primary consideration within each priority level to those families needing POC for a disabled child
- Eligibility is re-determined within 12 months
- Eligible customers receive a voucher from the local department to take to the child care provider of their choice
- Providers may be regulated or informal
- Customers are directed to the local information and referral service for assistance in finding regulated providers.
LEXINGTON PARK OFFICE: 21775 Great Mill Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653.
23110 Leonard Hall Drive
Agency: St. Mary's County Department of Social Services
Languages Available: Accommodations possible.
Payment Description: Base on verified income.
Intake and Eligibility: Parent/guardian must work, attend school or be in job training.