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TWC Phasing Out Emergency Child Care Programs

TWC Phasing Out Emergency Child Care Programs

Child care centers across Texas re-open, funding returns to pre-pandemic levels

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By WEBSITE ADMIN

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has begun phasing out the emergency program to subsidize childcare for Texas’ essential workers.

This move comes the day after Gov. Greg Abbott announced that child care providers across the state could re-open. Subsidies were put in place to assist both essential workers and child care centers during limited enrollment. With Texas re-opening, those essential workers who are already on the subsidized plan will continue to receive child care for the three month period they were initially approved for under this program. Essential workers who have yet to apply for subsidized care have until Wednesday, May 20, 2020, to do so. Essential workers may also apply at any time for TWC’s regular subsidized child care program for low-income families if they meet eligibility requirements.

 

In March, TWC commissioners authorized $200 million to Local Workforce Development Boards to subsidize three months of child care for essential workers, and to support the higher costs of child care during COVID as a result of smaller class sizes. This effort aimed to help ensure that essential workers, who hadn’t planned for child care needs during regular public school days, had access to this critical support service to ensure that they could continue to work and support the COVID recovery needs. And it was aimed at supporting child care providers whose cost of care increased as a result of smaller class sized in effect during COVID. In March, TWC commissioners also authorized payments to child care providers to continue even when subsidized children were absent. And effective April 1, TWC waived the Parents’ Share of Cost (PSOC) for At-Risk Child Care. By doing so, TWC effectively paid 100 percent of the cost to providers even while children were absent. This short-term measure was put into place to ensure child care centers continued to receive full reimbursement, as parents would not pay their portion while their children were absent. 

 

Effective June 1, TWC will reinstate the requirement for parents receiving financial assistance to pay for a portion of their costs. As children return to their centers, parents will resume paying their share of child care costs.TWC also continues to pay providers when children are absent and is paying a 25% enhanced reimbursement rate over and above what they regularly receive. If parents are unable to meet this financial obligation, costs may be waived.

 

In May, TWC also approved funding to help closed child care providers who were previously serving subsidized children.  TWC is offering Stabilization Grants for closed providers to help defray some of their ongoing fixed costs in order to help them remain viable so they may eventually reopen.

 

Those in need of assistance should contact their local Workforce Board for more information on child care options in their area as well as to find information on financial assistance. Please visit the TWC Child Care webpage or contact your local Workforce Board.

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Child Care Application Paperwork

Child Care Documents for Parents

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Please read all instructions carefully. To help us serve you better, please make sure forms are filled out completely and legibly. If possible, attach all necessary documentation, and make sure to keep a copy of all forms for your personal records.

Child Care Application + Parent Handbook

In order to expedite processing of your application it is important that you read all documents in detail. It is also important that you submit a complete application that includes the required supporting documentation. If you need assistance in completing the application or other documents please contact us for help.

Required Information + Documents

When applying for child care financial aid, you will need the following information:

  • Date of birth for all household members.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal immigrant status for each child on whose behalf you are applying for child care financial aid (birth certificate, alien registration card I-551, etc.)
  • Employment information for all household members including name, address, and phone number of the employer, work hours/days, rate of pay, how often paid.
  • Training information for all adult household members including name, address, and phone number of the school, days per week, current enrollment hours, total hours completed, anticipated graduation date and transcript.
  • Amount of household income received from other sources such as TANF, SSI, etc. Child care information including name, address, phone number, city, and zip code of a licensed or registered child care provider.

For Relative child care providers, the name, address, phone number, social security number, and their relationship to the child(ren). Note: a criminal background check is required.

Submitting Completed Forms

Once you’ve completed the application, please send it to your local Workforce Solutions CCS Office, along with supporting documentation, by using the section below.

Alternative methods include:

  • email,
  • postal mail,
  • in-person,
  • or by fax using the corresponding number on the application form.

**Please allow ten business days from the day of receipt for your application to be reviewed.**

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Child Care Services Income Guidelines

Child Care Services Income Guidelines

Maximum Income eligibility for Child Care Services eligibility, Effective October 1, 2019.

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Learn how eligible families of children under the age of 13 may receive child care financial assistance so that parents can work, attend school, or participate in training.

Eligible families may receive child care financial assistance to cover a portion or, in some cases, all of the costs for child care so that parents can work, attend school or participate in training. Child care assistance is available only for children under the age of 13 in any of these circumstances:

  • Parents are receiving or transitioning off of public assistance
  • Are receiving or needing protective services
  • Families are low-income

In some cases the workforce development board may have a waiting list for child care services.

For more information, visit our child care page for parents or contact your local office.

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