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Montgomery County Community Action Agency

1401 Rockville Pike, 3rd Floor, Rockville, MD


The mission of the Montgomery County Community Action Agency (CAA) is to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency among County residents through services, partnerships and advocacy.  The CAA, the County’s federally-designated anti-poverty agency, is part of Montgomery’s County Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Affairs, and a member of the  National Community Action Partnership.



Head Start

CAA is the grantee for Montgomery County’s   Head Start Program, serving 648 three and four-year-olds, in partnership with its delegate MCPS.


2018-2019 FLYER

REGISTRATION SITES (in English and Spanish)
CHECKLIST - What to bring when you register your child (in English and Spanish)

The Takoma East Silver Spring (TESS) Community Action Center

CAA’s walk-in TESS Centers a Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NON) site serving the diverse, low-income community of Long Branch. Its information and referrals, social service assistance, interpretation and translation, education, VITA and legal services are delivered in partnership with nonprofits, public agencies and community groups. 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

In partnership with the IRS, and with its government, academic and nonprofit partners, CAA's  VITA program coordinates free, year-round tax preparation for low-income residents.

Check the CASHBACK website and learn about free tax help, important tax credits
you may be eligible for, financial education resources and much more!

Community Action Board (CAB)

CAB serves in an advisory capacity to the County Executive and County Council, and as an advocate on behalf of the poor and working poor of the County. Members are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. CAB supports governance of Community Action Agency programs, including Head Start. The CAB meets the 4th Tuesday of the month (except in July, August and December) at 7 PM at 1401 Rockville Pike, Room 3603. The CAB Executive Committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 4 PM at 1401 Rockville Pike, 3rd floor.
CAB Meeting Minutes for FY 18

CAA Contracts/Partners

Contracts/Partners – CAA provides oversight, monitoring and technical support to its assigned County contracts, working with 25+ local non-profit organizations delivering job training, legal services, clothing and food, social services, and education.


Community Action Publications and Presentations

NEW! FY17 CAB Annual Report

2018 Faces of Poverty Report

2017 Head Start Community Assessment

FY18 Community Services and Community Partners Brochure

2017 Community Action Slideshow

Follow Community Action on Social Media


​Community Action E-Newsletter

Maryland Community Action Partnership

The Self-Sufficiency Standard

The Self-Sufficiency Standard (SSS) defines how much income a family of a certain composition in a given place needs to adequately meet their basic needs – without public or private assistance. The SSS highlights the challenges faced by low-income residents and has proven to be a useful tool for service providers, researchers, policy-makers, and advocates.

NEW!  Montgomery County Self-Sufficiency Standard Report

Please click  HERE to view and download the report.

The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland 2016

Please click   HERE to view and download the full report

Please click   HERE to view a press statement from Dr. Diana Pearce, PhD, author of the Self-Sufficiency Standard Report 

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