Fairfax Recharge: Free Child Care Program Winter 2021

The Fairfax Recharge program is closed as of March 5. We are not accepting any new applications. If you submitted an application and have not received an email from Formed Families Forward, your application is on a wait list.  We will contact you if there are openings. Thank you for your interest.

El programa de cuidado infantil gratis está cerrado y no se están aceptando más aplicaciones. Si ha enviado una solicitud y no ha vuelto a escuchar de nosotros, entonces está en una lista de espera. Lo contactaremos tan pronto haya más cupos abiertos.



This program opened on February 22.

Income families who live in Fairfax County, Falls Church city and Fairfax city. Families must be impacted by COVID-19 due to financial hardship or limited access to child care AND be caring for a child or youth with behavioral or emotional health needs. 

Families can get an average of 15 hours a week of paid child care for 8 weeks! Eligible families in the program will receive 30 hours of child care in a two-week period to allow parents and caregivers time to work, care for their own personal physical and mental health, and otherwise attend to professional, family and personal needs. Families may receive child care services for a total of eight consecutive weeks (4 two-week pay periods) from the time they start the program. Only services delivered during this eight-week period will be paid.

Eligible families are responsible for identifying a child care provider who is 18 years of age or older. Note that space is limited and not all eligible families will be accepted into the program. Eligible families will be enrolled in the program on a first come, first served basis.

Child care providers will be paid at a rate of $20 per hour (regardless of the number of children cared for) and work as independent contractors, responsible for paying their own federal and state taxes directly. Timesheets will be provided to child care providers.

Formed Families Forward will complete a background check on each provider applicant PRIOR to services starting. 

Eligible applicants must:

  • Have a low household income*
  • Live in Fairfax County, Falls Church city or Fairfax city (proof of residency required)
  • Be raising a child or children with behavioral or emotional health needs 
  • Be impacted financially by COVID-19 or have limited access to child care 
  • Be able to identify a child care provider who is 18 years of age or older

Applications will be accepted starting February 22, 2021 at 9:00 AM. If you meet eligibility requirements and there is space available, you will receive further enrollment directions via email. The email will come from Formed Families Forward. When the program is closed we will post a notification on this webpage.

Download program FLYER HERE.


* For this program, eligibility is limited to only families with incomes at 300% of poverty level or lower. See https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/HSRG/pages/incomeguidelines.aspx for specific annual income limits.

More information email us at info@formedfamiliesforward.org or call  (571) 453-1749.



Fairfax Recharge: Free Child Care program is operated by nonprofit organization Formed Families Forward, with financial support from Healthy Minds Fairfax, Fairfax County.