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NIH Child Care Subsidy Program 

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"The subsidy program is a great benefit to have. As a single parent it helps to make child care more affordable. I would definitely recommend it to any parent that is not taking advantage of this opportunity."
(Comment from Subsidy Participant)



Effective March 1, 2019,
the Total Adjusted Household Income eligibility level was raised to $80,000 (line 11 on your 1040 tax form) and Percentage Levels of Subsidy Assistance were raised to cover up to 80% of the
participant's child care expenses (not to exceed $5,000 per year).

Click on the NIH Child Care Subsidy Program flyer below for more information.



ON-LINE REGISTRATION is now available!



The purpose of the NIH Child Care Subsidy Program is to make child care more affordable for lower-income NIH federal employees through the use of agency appropriated funds. 
The NIH Child Care Subsidy Program is able to immediately serve eligible NIH GS and Title 42 federal employees with dependent children living in your home from birth under the age of 13, or children who are disabled and under age 18.

Click on the buttons below to learn about the NIH Child Care Subsidy Program.
Oversight and Administration Button 
How to Apply Button            Contributing to flexcare account button 

Eligibility for Subsidy Program

To qualify for subsidy you must:

  • Be an eligible NIH GS or Title 42 employee with dependent children living in your home from birth under the age of 13, or children who are disabled and under age 18.
  • Have a total adjusted household income of $80,000 per year or less.
  • Use care that is licensed and/ or regulated by state and or local authorities.
  • Work full time.
  • In two parent families:
    • The NIH employee must be working full time and the spouse of the NIH employee must be working at least 30 hours per week; or
    • The NIH employee must be working full time and the spouse of the NIH employee must be a documented full time student.

NIH contractors and fellows are not eligible for this program by Federal law.

Child care subsidy is limited to $5,000.00 per year, per family. **

Completed applications will be accepted in the order they are received and approved applications will be effective at the beginning of the month in which they are received.

Current Subsidy Percentages Effective March 1, 2019
NIH Employee's Total Adjusted Family Income * Percentage of the Participant's
Child Care Expenses the Plan will Pay**
$80,001 or more0%
$70,001 - $80,00040%
$60,001 - $70,00060%
$60,000 or less80%

* Refers to total adjusted household income on IRS Tax Return:  Form 1040 line 11.

** This program includes a cap of $5,000 per family per year, and the participant's subsidy under this plan will be reduced by the amount of other state or local child care subsidies received by the participant.  Participants can only be enrolled in one program at a time.

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

 If you are contributing to a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA):

In accordance with Section 129 of the Internal Revenue Code, an employee can generally exclude from gross income up to $5,000.00 of benefits received under a Dependent Care Assistance Program each year. This would include the DCFSA and the NIH Child Care Subsidy Program. Subsidy benefits from both of these programs may not exceed the $5,000.00 limit.


For further guidance please refer to the


How to Apply

NIH GS or Title 42 employees can apply at any time by submitting a complete subsidy application package on-line, email, fax, or postal mail.

NIH federal employees interested in participating in this program should carefully review all of the information and requirements and follow these procedures:

  • If the employee's child(ren) is/are not yet enrolled in child care, employees should identify a licensed and/or regulated center-based or family child care provider, and ensure there is a space for their child before applying for the subsidy. Once space is verified, employees can complete the subsidy application forms.

  • If employees already have their child(ren) enrolled in licensed and/or regulated child care (center-based or family child care), and they wish to receive a subsidy, they should fill out the subsidy application forms.

The Complete Subsidy Application Package Consists of: 

Request Subsidy Application Form:

If you are unable to open the links above and would like to have copies of the subsidy application forms mailed/faxed to you, please contact the NIH Child Care Program team at (301) 827-3250.

The completed application can now be submitted four ways:

NEW!  On-Line Application (  
Click on the link above, it will take you to the FEEA website.  Click on the Programs button (on the lower left) and then click on Apply Now button (on the far right).  Be sure to scan all the required documents and forms for easy upload. 
Fax (202-559-1380)
Postal mail
Federal Employee Education and Assistance Childcare Services, Inc.
NIH Child Care Subsidy Program
1641 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA   22314
The FEEA Childcare Services, Inc., will review applications, make subsidy decisions, and notify the applicant and child care provider of approval or disapproval within 10 business days upon receipt of a complete application and supporting documents. Tuition assistance reimbursements will be made to the provider, not to the NIH employee. The employee will receive the subsidy in the form of reduced fees from the provider.

Completed applications will be processed in the order they are received.
This is an NIH-sponsored program with an annual spending limit. When maximum expenditure of funds occurs, applications will be placed on a waiting list.
Participants are required to re-apply annually.
Questions about the application process should be addressed to:
FEEA Childcare Services, Inc.  (202) 554-0007, ext. 103 

Oversight and Administration 

Section 643 of Public Law 106-58, the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act of 2000, allows federal agencies to use appropriated funds, which are otherwise available for salaries, to assist employees with lower incomes in paying for licensed child care. 

The NIH has chosen the Federal Employee Education and Assistance (FEEA) Childcare Services, Inc., to manage the agency's Child Care Subsidy Program. The FEEA Childcare Services Inc., will receive the completed application, make the subsidy determination based on eligibility and funding, and notify the applicants and the child care provider of the decision.

Questions about the application process should be addressed to FEEA Childcare Services Inc., at the following telephone number:
(202) 554-0007, ext. 103.

Need More Information 

Please refer to the Subsidy Program Frequently Asked Questions.
If you have additional questions, please call the NIH Child and Family Programs team at:  301-827-3250.
NIH Child and Family Flyers


Don’t qualify for the child care subsidy? See how you can participate in NIH family programs like the back-up care program, legal and financial resources and referral services, and child care referral services.