Fairfax SUMMER Recharge: Free Child Care


Update as of 8 PM on June 21, 2021– The program is CLOSED to new applications. Applications are NO LONGER BEING TAKEN. If you applied and have not heard from Formed Families Forward, you did not meet program requirements and you are NOT in the program. If you have questions, email: Info@formedfamiliesforward.org.

El programa está CERRADO a nuevas aplicaciones.


Applications opened at 9 AM on Tuesday, June 1. 

Fairfax Summer Recharge offers free child care during Summer 2021 for children and youth of  families who have low and moderate income and 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 10 weeks of summer break! 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 10 consecutive weeks (5 two-week pay periods) from June 12 to August 20. Only services delivered during this ten-week period will be paid.

Eligible families must choose and provide the name and accurate contact information for 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. Families must sign off on time sheets before submitting to Formed Families Forward. 

Formed Families Forward will complete a basic background check on each provider applicant PRIOR to services starting.  Families and their chosen caregivers are responsible for taking health and safety precautions.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Have a low to moderate household income*
  • Live in Fairfax County, Falls Church city or Fairfax city
  • 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 Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 9:00 AM. ALL information (email addresses, phone numbers for caregiver, etc.) MUST BE CORRECT when you submit the application. ANY APPLICATIONS with INACCURATE INFORMATION will not be considered. 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 English program FLYER HERE:  Fairfax Summer Recharge family flyer final.

Spanish FLYER HERE: Recarga Fairfax del Verano Ffx Summer Recharge flyer Spanish.

Note that families who have already used Fairfax Recharge or Kinship Respite to Recharge programs in 2020-21 are not eligible for this summer program.

* 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.