Childcare Subsidies.

The cost of childcare often represents a significant portion of an employee’s take-home pay. This is especially true for those with lower incomes. FEEA Childcare Services, Inc., an independent, Virginia-based small business, partners with nearly twenty federal agencies to administer Congressionally-authorized childcare subsidy programs.

The law, enacted in 2001, confers regulatory authority on OPM for agencies’ use of appropriated funds for childcare costs for lower-income Federal employees.

Current Participating Agencies:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
  • Customs and Border Protection
  • Development Finance Corporation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation
  • Pretrial Services Agency
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Research, Education and Economics

Employee Eligibility:

See Childcare Subsidy Program Brochure and Instructions for individual agency rules.

Required Application Materials:

  • Childcare Subsidy Application Form (OPM 1643)
  • Childcare Provider Information Form (OPM 1644)
  • Employee’s most recent Standard Form 50 (notice of personnel action)
  • Two most recent pay statements for each parent or guardian (in household)
  • A copy of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return for each parent or guardian (in household)
  • A copy of the childcare provider’s current license or state of compliance with State and/or local child care regulations.
  • A copy of the provider’s fee schedule.
  • A completed IRS Form W-9 from the provider.
  • Some agencies require an additional application form, please check the Catalog and Instructions for more information.

How to Apply:

Please submit your application using our secure online form. You will need all of the documents listed above, saved as PDFs, in order to successfully complete and submit your application.

Subsidy Amounts:

See Childcare Subsidy Program Brochure and Instructions for individual agency income limits and subsidy scales. Childcare providers are paid directly, after receipt and approval of the prior month’s invoice, by Automatic Clearing House (ACH) electronic payments from FCCS.

Invoices and Changes:

Please email your monthly invoice to childcare@feea.org.

If your childcare provider changes you will need to submit a new OPM1644 with the new information, as well as the new provider’s rate sheet and a copy of their license. If other information changes, like your address or if you have another child who will be entering care, you will need to submit a new OPM1643 and OPM1644. Please complete the forms and upload them using the Childcare Updates Form.