We want your children to be safe and happy when you can’t be there.

Finding a way to pay for child care so that parents can keep their jobs or train for better jobs is a constant challenge for many working families. That’s why Workforce Solutions helps working families gain access to dependable, quality child care.

How to apply

types of childcare

choose a provider

Using your card

helpful resources

Questions + Answers

Child Care Services

When children are in a quality child care program they are able to develop, explore, and grow. Parents without access to affordable child care may have to use less safe, lower-quality care in order to put food on the table or tighten their budget somewhere else to pay for expensive care. In some cases, they may have to choose between work and their children’s care. We are working hard to change this reality that many working families face by connecting eligible families to assistance paying for and finding quality childcare.

how to apply

To see if you may qualify, answer the following questions:

  1. Do you live in one of the following counties?
  • Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills, San Saba

2. Do you:

  • work at least 25 hours per week or;
  • go to school full-time or;
  • work and go to school combined for at least 25 hours per week?

3. Do you meet Workforce Solutions’ family income guidelines?
(Click HERE for Child Care Income Guidelines)

 

If you answered YES to all three of these questions, if your family meets eligibility requirements and if Workforce Solutions has funds available, we may pay a portion of your family’s child care costs. You may be responsible for a co-payment based on the family’s income. Please fill out an application by clicking the button below, and submit it to us, along with the required supporting documentation.

types of childcare

Providers must be approved by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in order to qualify for payment by Workforce Solutions. Workforce Solutions can help you find a provider in your area.  Click this link to Find a Child Care Provider.

There are three types of child care regulated by The Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Provide care for seven or more children under 14 years old for less than 24 hours per day at a location other than the permit holder’s home. All types of licensed facilities have published standards they are required to follow and are routinely monitored and inspected.  The application process requires that the licensed operation provider receive orientation and background checks are conducted. A license is issued after the licensing staff completes on-site inspection(s) to ensure minimum standards are met. Licensed facilities are inspected at least once every 12 months and to investigate reports alleging violations of standards or child abuse/neglect. Licensed Facilities include daycare and 24-hour residential care.

Provide care for less than 24 hours per day for 7-12 children under 14 years old in the permit holder’s own home. All types of licensed facilities have published standards they are required to follow and are routinely monitored and inspected. A license is issued after the licensing staff completes on-site inspection(s) to ensure minimum standards are met, including cleared background checks. Licensed facilities are inspected at least once every 12 months and to investigate reports alleging violations of standards or child abuse or neglect.

Provide care in the caregiver’s home for up to six children under age 14; they may also care for six additional school-age children after school hours. The number of children allowed in a home is determined by the ages of the children. No more than 12 children can be in care at any time, including children of the caregiver. The application process requires a pre-application class and cleared background checks. A registration certificate is issued after the licensing staff completes an on-site inspection to ensure minimum standards are met. Registered homes are inspected every 1-2 years and to investigate reports alleging violations of standards or child abuse/neglect.

Listed Family Homes do not have minimum standards or training requirements and they are not inspected unless a report of child abuse/neglect or child endangerment is made. For children enrolled in CCS, this type of care can only be selected when the listed family home is an eligible relative of the child enrolled in CCS.

 

choosing the right provider

Choosing the right childcare provider is one of the most important decisions that parents make. The experiences your child will have by the age of four will can have a significant impact on their child’s readiness for success in school.

Spending extra time to choose the right provider can save a lot of time and stress later. Children who attend high-quality programs can make significant gains in their knowledge, skills, and abilities. 

Click this link to Find a Child Care Provider.

Eligible Child Care Providers must be licensed or registered through the Child Care Licensing (CCL) Division of the Texas Health and Human Services or operated and monitored by the United States military services.  

CCS offers parents a choice of more than 120 eligible child care providers who are already caring for children enrolled in the CCS program. We want your child to be in a high-quality child care program so we recommend you choose a Texas Rising Star provider or a provider participating in another recognized quality improvement program.

List of Quality Child Care Providers In Our Area

If you want to choose a child care provider who does not have a signed agreement with CCS, ask the provider to contact us for more information.

In some situations, parents may choose a relative to care for their child, however, the relative must first meet the requirements of Child Care Licensing for becoming a LISTED FAMILY HOME. Family members who may be eligible will be at least 18 years old and be the child’s grandparent, great grandparent, aunt/uncle, or sibling. Click here to find the Guidelines for listed family homes in English and Spanish

A provider must be approved by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in order to qualify for payment by Workforce Solutions.

Child Care Search (Inspection Reports are also available in the search results)

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services site also offers information on Child Care Licensing, Standards & Regulations and information for Child Care Professionals.

Don’t Be in the Dark About Child Care – Find out the facts before entrusting your child to someone else.

Providers can pursue higher quality through several avenues. Texas Rising Star is one of these options for child care providers, and for parents looking for high-quality child care for their children. Additionally, child care providers participating in the Texas School Ready! grant program provide quality child care services focusing on preschool children.

You can find more information at Texas Child Care Solutions.

using your childcare attendance card

If you receive financial assistance from Workforce Solutions, you must report attendance every day using your child care attendance card. With practice, using the child care attendance card will become quick and easy.

  • You must report attendance using the attendance card or by calling 1-866-960-6496.
  • Don’t lose your card. If you do, contact Workforce Solutions immediately.
  • Don’t let your child care provider use your card to report attendance.
  • Don’t leave your card at the child care center.

To report a lost child care attendance card, or if your card is not working, please fill out the form by clicking Request for Child Care Attendance Cards.

Helpful Resources For Parents

Head Start and Early Head Start programs help prepare children to start school and provide services to support their mental, social, and emotional development. Families who have low incomes or meet other requirements may be eligible for Head Start. More information about Head Start and Early Head Start is available here.

Tax credits reduce the amount of tax you owe and may result in a refund. To claim tax credits you need to meet certain qualifications and file a return, even if you have no other filing requirement or owe no tax.

The goal of WIC is to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 by providing nutritious foods, information on healthy eating, and health care referrals. Most WIC programs provide vouchers that moms can use at approved grocery stores. To learn more about WIC and locate a WIC office.

The mission of Texas Health and Human Services is Improving the health, safety, and well-being of Texans with good stewardship of public resources.

211– The Central Texas Information and Referral System is a searchable database of community resources and services for the Central Texas Area.

The TexCare Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is designed for families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid health care, yet cannot afford to buy private insurance.

Members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps may receive help paying for child care providers in the community where they live if they are unable to access care on their installation. These military child care fee assistance programs are managed by Child Care Aware of America.

Military families interested in learning more about the programs can find information on the Child Care Aware of America website. You’ll find details about eligibility, the application process, and program requirements.

Army Fee Assistance Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Need help? Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Required Documentation

Click HERE to view instructions on how to apply, including the list of required documentation.

Your caseworker will be able to inform you what, if anything, can be used to substitute what was requested.

If you get paid in cash, you would need to have your employer complete a Employment/Income Verification Forms

Because each case is unique, please contact your local child care service office to see if these documents are needed.

Income Guidelines

Click HERE to view the current income eligibiilty guidelines to see if you qualify for CCS.

Yes, some types of Social Security payments are counted. Submit your award letter and the caseworker will determine if it is to be included.

Child support is not counted as income for purposes of determining eligibility for Child Care Services.

Who may apply?

Child support is not required to be eligible for Child Care Services.

Yes, as long as all other eligibility requirements are met.

Yes, as long as all other eligibility requirements are met.

Yes, as long as this income is verifiable. Please contact the child care services office to get a self-employment application.

Yes.  If your spouse is permanently disabled and you are working at least 25 hours per week, you may be eligible.

To be eligible for child care services both parents must be working or in a training activity for a minimum of 50 combined hours a week. In achieving this total each parent has to do a minimum of 15 hours per week.

To be eligible for child care services both parents must be working or in a training activity for a minimum of 50 combined hours a week. In achieving this total each parent has to do a minimum of 15 hours per week.

To be eligible for child care services you must be working or in a training activity for a minimum of 25 hours a week.

Yes. Online classes are accepted as long as the school you are attending is accredited.

All degree plans are accepted.

More Questions

Parents may choose a licensed or registered child care provider or a relative. Family members that may be eligible to provide care for your child must be at least 18 years old, may not live in the same household as the child, and be the child’s grandparent, great grandparent, aunt/uncle, or sibling.

In addition, Relative Care Providers must meet the requirements of DFPS for becoming a LISTED FAMILY HOME. For information on how to accomplish this, please call our offices at 254-200-2009 in Killeen or 254-742-4443 in Temple.

Once the application and all required documents are received, the caseworker will determine eligibility. The application submitted is good for 30 days.

Once eligibility has been determined your caseworker will contact you.

You must call the CCS office  every ninety (90) days and tell us that you still need care. If you don’t call us, you will  will lose your place on the waiting list and have to reapply.

Yes, depending on your monthly employment income before taxes (gross amount) and total household income which may include but is not limited to: TANF, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance (UI) etc. as well as your family size.  You will be responsible for your parent share of cost also known as your co-pay.

Your monthly co-pay amount is determined by your gross monthly income before taxes (including: bonuses, tips, commission, incentive, Net Earnings from Self-Employment, Retirement Benefits, Taxable Capital Gains, Dividends and Interest, Rental Income, Income from Estate and Trust Funds, Workers Compensation, Death Benefits, Disability Payments including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Lottery Winnings of $600.00 or greater, Spousal Maintenance and Alimony), as well as your family size and the number of children receiving care.

Your monthly co-pay will be based on a sliding scale.

The provider is the parent’s choice. You may choose any provider who is monitored by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services or an eligible relative provider who will accept child care subsidy payments. A list of eligible providers can be found at http://www.txchildcaresearch.org

Yes, your card will work each time you have authorized child care assistance.

Yes but you will need to contact CCS first to assess the situation.  You must also be current with the co-pay amount owed to your current provider. 

If there is a health or safety issue, or if you move, the transfer can be done within 72 hours.  If there is no health or safety issue, the transfer will be made the first day of the following month.

Care MUST be authorized by a Child Care Specialist before children can begin care with a new provider.

If you lose your job while receiving child care services, you are required to contact the CCS office within 14 days after the loss of your employment. You will be eligible for a minimum of three months of continued care in order to begin participation in another activity, i.e. work, training or education.

  • 254-200-2000 | call
    254-742-4400 | call
    512-556-4055 | call
    512-446-6440 | call
  • 300 Cheyenne Drive , Killeen | map
    201 Santa Fe Way, Temple | map
    523 E 3rd St, Lampasas | map
    313 N Main St #1, Rockdale | map

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