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Application Process

Application Process Note: To help minimize the time it takes to process your Application, please ensure your package is complete and includes all required signatures before submitting to the USDA for processing.

NPS Employees who would like to apply for Child Care Subsidy Benefits under the NPS CCS Program must complete the below application package in full. The application and all supporting documents must be submitted in order for the package to receive consideration.

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National Park Service (NPS) Child Care Subsidy Benefit Application Package [PDF - 1.6MB]

Important Note Regarding Child Care Providers

NPS Employees must use a Child Care Provider who meets the CBP standards and has been approved by the USDA as a qualifying Child Care Provider.

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Steps to Completing an Application

  1. Employee submits the NPS CCS Application Package and required supporting documentation
  2. Application reviewed for completeness and Employee eligibility
  3. Child care rates, attendance and enrollment are verified with the Child Care Provider
    1. Child must be enrolled and have a start date within 30 days of the Employee's application before benefits can be determined
    2. Child Care Provider must be a USDA approved participant in order for the Employee's application to be processed
  4. Subsidy benefit calculations are determined based on Total Family Income (TFI) , Provider Rate, Type of Care and Attendance using the NPS Benefit Table
  5. Subsidy benefit notification is issued to the Employee and Child Care Provider and if approved, a blank Invoice & Billing Record will be included for billing the USDA on behalf of the Family
  6. Child Care Provider or Employee submits invoices for payment
    1. Invoices must be signed by both the Provider and Employee
    2. Invoices must be submitted to the USDA monthly on or after the 15th of the month
    3. Payment instructions are provided with the benefit notification

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Ongoing Employee Eligibility Requirements

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Ongoing Provider Eligibility Requirements

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Last Updated / Reviewed: September 21, 2018