Montgomery County Community Action

Montgomery County Community Action

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Spaces Available in County's Head Start and Prekindergarten Programs

Head Start/Prekindergarten spaces are available for eligible 4-year-olds in Montgomery County.

Walk-in applications will be accepted Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., at Rocking Horse Road Center, 4910 Macon Road, Room 141, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

For information, please call (301) 230-0676.


You must bring the following documents:

1) U.S. Birth Certificate (US passport also accepted)
Children who are not U.S. citizens MUST first register with the School Counseling, Residency and International Admissions Office. Call 301-230-0686 for an appointment.

2) Family Income Verification (include all persons working or receiving income in household)

  • 2013 1040 tax statement, including all W2’s, and 3 current pay stubs for each job; if self-employed, submit Schedule “C” (Profit and Loss from Business) and Form 1099;
  • Proof of additional income sources (i.e., child support court order or notarized letter showing dollar amount, unemployment, Temporary Cash Assistance, rental income, Social Security, notarized financial support letter showing dollar amount, etc.)

3) Acceptable Proof of Montgomery County Residence

  • Current property tax bill or deed and current utility bill (if HOMEOWNER)
  • Copy of current lease and utility bill (if RENTER) and Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) letter, if applicable
  • Notarized Shared Housing Disclosure: MCPS Form 335-74 (if sharing housing and/or living with others); AND copy of homeowner’s property tax bill, deed, or renter’s current lease; AND owner’s utility bill; AND 3 documents mailed to the parent/guardian at the shared housing address

4) Photo Identification of the parent guardian and court documents for custody, if applicable.

5) Additional Supporting Documents: Child Care Provider Name, Address, and Telephone Number; Child’s Medical Insurance Information; Food Stamp letter; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program; Child Care Subsidy Vouchers; Rental/Utilities Assistance; Individualized Education Program (IEP); Proof of Guadianship/Foster Care, if applicable.

Montgomery County Food Security Collaborative Official Launch - October 10th


Please join us for the formal launch of the Montgomery County Food Security Collaborative

Working Together to End Hunger At Home

Friday, October 10th from 9 to 11 am
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville

RSVP by September 30th with your name and # of people attending.

Featuring guest speaker, Cecilia Rocha from the Centre for Studies in Food Security at Ryerson University in Toronto on how Belo Horizonte (Brazil’s third largest city) eradicated hunger

In addition to learning about other successful efforts to combat hunger, join us for some exciting breaking news on the Collaborative and to continue our group conversation on significantly reducing hunger here in Montgomery County by 2020.  Meanwhile, we encourage you to read this month’s story in Bethesda Magazine and Looking at Hunger with New Eyes  by Andy Burness that ran in the Gazette.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Census Releases New Poverty Data for 2013

New Census Data Released: 

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013

On September 16th, the U.S. Census Bureau released new poverty data from 2013.  Data from the American Community Survey, which includes more localized statistics, was released on September 18th.

Some significant findings from the new Census data: 

  • In 2013, the poverty rate declined from the previous year for the first time since 2006, while there was no statistically significant change in either the number of people living in poverty or real median household income. 
    • The poverty rate for families fell from 11.8 percent in 2012 to 11.2 percent in 2013. The number of families in poverty declined from 9.5 million to 9.1 million over the same period. 
    • In 2013, 5.8 percent of married-couple families, 30.6 percent of families with a female householder and 15.9 percent of families with a male householder lived in poverty. For married-couple families, both the poverty rate and the number in poverty decreased. Neither the poverty rates nor the estimates of the number of families in poverty showed any statistically significant change between 2012 and 2013 for other types of families.
  • The poverty rate for children under 18 declined from the previous year for the first time since 2000.  
    • The poverty rate for children under 18 declined from 21.8 percent in 2012 to 19.9 percent in 2013. The number of children in poverty also declined over the period, from 16.1 million to 14.7 million. This was the first time since 2000 that the child poverty rate declined.
  • The Current Population Survey shows that the percentage of people with health insurance for all or part of 2013 was 86.6 percent, and 13.4 percent did not have health insurance for the entire year.
  • A comparison of real median household income over the past six years shows that income is 8.0 percent lower than in 2007, the year before the nation entered an economic recession.
  • The Gini index was 0.476 in 2013; the change from 2012 was not statistically significant. Since 1993, the earliest year available for comparable measures of income inequality, the Gini index has increased 4.9 percent. (Developed more than a century ago, the Gini index is the most common measure of household income inequality used by economists, with zero representing total income equality and one equivalent to total inequality.)
  • Hispanics were the only group among the major race and ethnic groups to experience a statistically significant change in their poverty rate and the number of people in poverty (both the rate and number declined). 

    Please view the full press release here

Youth Cruiser Smatrip Cards Available at all County Libraries and 20 County Schools

Libraries and Schools Partner With Ride On to Sell SmarTrip Cards; Kids Ride Free Expanded

Montgomery County's Ride On bus system has made it easier for residents to purchase the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip® card for customers ages 18 years of age and younger. The card can now be obtained at all 21 County libraries and 20 of the County's schools. Ride On is continuing to work with both public and private schools in the County to add additional school purchase locations. 

For more information, visit their website

Community Action Highlighted in NPR Story



A 'Circle' Of Support Helps Families Stay Out Of Poverty

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Voter Registration Event at TESS - September 23rd 9 AM

National Voter Registration Day at the TESS Center

The Montgomery County Community Action Board has signed-on to be a partner for the National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 23rd.  The TESS Center is hosting a voter registration event from 9 - 11 AM that day.  Staff from the Montgomery County Board of Elections will be at the Center to provide on-site voter registration and to answer questions.

The TESS Center is located at 8513 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TESS Center to Host English Classes and Yoga Classes this Fall

Community Action's Takoma East Silver Spring (TESS) Center is now hosting two Fall courses with Impact Silver Spring:

  • English Learning Circle: Fall English classes will be held Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 PM beginning on September 23rd and ending on December 9th.*
  • Yoga Classes: Volunteers from the Long Branch Community Neighbors' Circles will lead yoga classes for area residents.  Classes will be held Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  Start date to be determined.
For more information, please contact Carlos Iglesias at: 240-650-2796 or 301-298-5117. Classes are free and open to the public.

The TESS Center is located at 8513 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901.

*Please note that the registration for the Fall English class is full.  Please call the TESS Center at (301)565-7675 to learn about other English learning opportunities in the County.

Take the SNAP Challenge with MD Hunger Solutions

Take the SNAP Challenge with Us – October 6 to 12

Maryland Hunger Solutions, along with D.C. Hunger Solutions and Virginia Hunger Solutions, invite you to join us in taking the SNAP Challenge (October 6 -12, 2014) to highlight the struggles faced by too many throughout our region who can’t afford the food they need.

SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, previously known as food stamps) is an essential lifeline that helps millions of Americans keep food on the table, but the current benefit level is far too low. (In Maryland, the program is known as the Food Supplement Program.) Currently, the average benefit is about $33 for the week – or about $1.57 per person, per meal. By taking the SNAP Challenge and using that average benefit as your budget for food and beverages for a week, participants can see the difficult choices that low-income families are forced to make while food shopping with limited resources, realizing how difficult it is to avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods, and stay healthy.

Why Take the Challenge?

  • Because hunger isn’t getting better in this country. One in eight Maryland households still struggles with hunger.
  • Because SNAP benefits remain too low, resulting in people having to struggle to afford healthy and adequate food for their families.
  • Because you believe it is time for the nation to act and make ending hunger in this country a priority.
Register here...

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