National Park Service (NPS) Child Care Subsidy Program
Notification to U.S. National Park Service Employees and Child Care Providers: To improve the quality and efficiency of our services, the U.S. General Services Administration has transitioned some of our financial operations to a financial shared service provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This will include child care subsidy program administration for the National Park Service. The transfer of program administration will be effective on October 1, 2016. The transfer is being planned to be seamless for families and child care providers, with no change in program policies or requirements and no reduction in quality of service or increase in processing time.
The GSA program application forms available on this site may be submitted to GSA through September 30, 2016. On October 1, 2016, GSA forms will no longer be available on this site and new USDA forms will be available on the USDA program website in September 2016. The USDA website will contain instructions for submitting forms. Prior to the transition GSA will provide invoicing instructions to participating families and child care providers.
You do not need to take any action at this time. GSA will provide further updates on this site as we approach the transition date.
As always, you are welcome to contact us at (866) 508-0371 with any questions or concerns you may have. For family assistance please press 1 (providers press 2) and then 3 for the National Park Service.
The National Park Service (NPS) Child Care Subsidy Program was created to assist NPS Employees with the cost of providing day care for their children and is available to NPS Employees with an Adjusted Gross (Family) Income (AGI) of up to $70,000. The program benefit is based upon a sliding scale to determine the amount of Child Care Subsidy Benefits that Employees may be eligible for.
Eligibility to receive benefits is based upon all documents submitted to the GSA Subsidy Administration Section for review. A determination of benefits will be completed at which time the NPS Employee and their Child Care Provider will receive an email from the GSA informing them of the benefit that they may be entitled to and the effective date.
Please be advised that NPS Employees are financially responsible for all child care costs until they have been informed by the GSA that a National Park Service Child Care Subsidy benefit has been approved on the NPS Employee’s behalf.
Eligibility includes the following categories of National Park Service Employees:
- Current NPS Employees (Contractors do not qualify)
- Total family income of $70,000 and under and are:
- A single parent
- An Employee with a Spouse/Partner who is working and or attending school outside of the home
- Requires child care for a child/children who is 12 years of age or younger, or a disabled child 18 of younger that is physically or mentally disabled as determined by a physician or a licensed/certified psychologist
- Using a Licensed, Accredited Child Care Center or home that has been approved by the GSA based upon NPS Child Care Subsidy Program guidelines
The Employee may qualify for benefits in accordance with the Benefit Table established by the National Park Service. Please note that not all Employees whose income is equal to or less than $70,000 will qualify for benefits. NPS Employees must first pay their calculated portion of child care costs prior to being eligible for NPS CCS benefits.
To begin your application process:
- National Park Service (NPS) Child Care Subsidy Program Application Package [PDF - 323.30 KB]
- National Park Service Subsidy Program Family Handbook [PDF - 577.04 KB]