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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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Gov. Abbott Announces Frontline Child Care Website For Essential Workers

Gov. Abbott Announces New Frontline Child Care Website

Visit http://frontlinechildcare.texas.gov/ to find and apply for child care.

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Many Texans working in sectors critical in the battle against COVID-19 are looking for child care. A new Frontline Child Care Availability Portal can be accessed at find.frontlinechildcare.texas.gov.

This website allows parents to search for available child care near their home or work, and it will display a map of licensed child care centers, licensed homes, and registered homes. It will show each facility’s operating hours, along with the number of open seats for each age group at the facility. After searching, families will need to contact the child care facility directly to enroll their child.

COVID Essential Workers will include those who work:

· In health care and pharmacies

· As first responders

· In “critical” local and state government functions

· In mail/delivery services

· In nursing homes and for child care, home health care and other direct care providers

· At grocery stores

· At gas stations

· At banks

· At restaurants (with drive-through and delivery)

· As military personnel; and

· Any other worker deemed essential by the commission or the Central Texas Workforce Development Board

Visit find.frontlinechildcare.texas.gov to find and apply for child care.

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Governor Abbott Announces Frontline Child Care Website For Essential Workers

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By WEBSITE ADMIN

Austin, Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference where he provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19. The Governor discussed numbers related to COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities in Texas counties highly impacted by the virus. Governor Abbott also detailed the progress that Texas has made in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and announced that more than 1,300 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Texas. Additionally, the Governor provided an update on personal protective equipment (PPE) in Texas, including how private businesses across the state have stepped up to help produce PPE for medical personnel, and announced that the Texas Governor’s Mansion will be lit blue tomorrow night in honor of frontline health care workers. 

 

In addition, the Governor announced a new online Frontline Child Care Website to help essential workers in Texas locate child care and support child care centers who are caring for these children during the outbreak. The new online website, which integrates a mapping portal, was built by the Texas Frontline Child Care Task Force led by Elaine Mendoza of the Supply Chain Strike Force, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

 

The Frontline Child Care Portal allows essential workers to search for child care facilities near them, as well as facility operating hours and the number of seats available. It also includes links to HHSC’s inspection and compliance records for each operation. The website also helps parents find other basic information about child care including health and safety information and step-by-step instructions for applying for child care financial assistance. Additionally, the website gives frontline employers guidance to assist their employees in need and provides child care centers and school districts resources to support their child care programs. 

 

“We have a duty to support Texas health care workers and other essential employees as they work on the front lines of the COVID-19 response,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “For essential workers with young children who don’t have other options, that means providing safe, regulated, and accessible child care. The Frontline Child Care Website will strengthen our child care capacity across the state, allowing our essential workers to continue their work to keep us safe and provide the critical services that Texans depend on. There is nothing more powerful than Texans helping Texans, and I want to thank child care workers across the state for stepping up to support our essential workers during these challenging times.”

 

View the Governor’s presentation

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COVID-19 Child Care & Early Learning Information for Essential Workers

COVID-19 Child Care + Early Learning Information for Essential Workers

f you are an essential worker and you need emergency child care during the COVID-19 Pandemic public health crisis, we can help you!

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If you are an essential worker or employed with an essential business and child care is absolutely necessary, please review and complete the eligibility form below to determine if you are potentially eligible for financial assistance.

Many families and child care programs in our community have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time many essential workers are required to continue working and essential businesses remain open.

Essential workers and businesses include the following:

  • Pharmacy and health care workers
  • First responders
  • Critical local and state government staff
  • Mail and delivery service staff
  • Nursing home, child care, home health care, and other direct care providers
  • Grocery store staff
  • Gas station staff
  • Bank staff
  • Restaurant (with drive-through and delivery) staff
  • Military personnel
  • Any other workers deemed essential by the Texas Workforce Commission or Local Workforce Development Boards

Please complete this form to apply for Emergency Child Care:

Submit your form here. You may also include any attachments that would help us to process your application more quickly.

Once we have received your completed form you will be contacted by an eligibility specialist to determine if you qualify for financial assistance, and if funds are currently available.

 

If you need help locating a provider that is open and accepting new children, you can visit the Frontline Child Care Availability Portal at find.frontlinechildcare.texas.gov. This website will allow essential workers to search for available child care near their home or work, and it will display a map of licensed child care centers, licensed homes, and registered homesalong with each facility’s operating hours and the number of open seats for each age group at the facility.

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COVID-19 Information Update – Child Care Services

COVID-19 Updates Child Care Services

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Workforce Solutions of Central Texas Child Care Services is committed to providing you the best service possible during
this public health situation. As of Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Child Care Services began teleworking. We are currently assisting customers via email and phone. We know you may have questions regarding your Child Care Services and other Workforce Services we offer. Please however, be advised of the following changes during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Child Care Services Updates (PDF)      Download

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Child Care Application Paperwork

Child Care Documents for Parents

Apply for help paying for child care services while you work or attend school, training and other work-related activities. Learn more about Child Care Services, including parent rights and responsibilities. 

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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.

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.

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.

Child Care Services - Priority of Service

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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