Child Care Services — Program Overview

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The child care program subsidizes child care for low-income families, promoting long-term self-sufficiency by enabling parents to work or attend workforce training or education activities. It also educates parents about the availability of quality child care, which enhances children’s early learning.

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Customers

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 choose from the following providers that meet local and state requirements:

  • Licensed child care centers
  • Licensed or registered child care homes
  • Relative (i.e., family member) providers

Families can find information on child care services, local transportation options, food and housing assistance, and other resources at Employment Support Resources.

Child care providers can find information on child care and preschool provider certification, provider accreditation, child referral and attendance tracking, and training and credentialing opportunities at Child Care Providers’ Resources.

Workforce Development Boards (Boards) administer Child Care Services through Workforce Solutions offices. Eligibility requirements may vary by Board.

In addition to offering Child Care Services, Boards partner with regulated child care providers to improve the quality of child care. Quality improvement activities, such as Texas Rising Star Provider Certification, may vary by Board.

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Reports

Child Care Services reports to the federal government and Texas Legislature.

TWC reports:

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Authority & Funding

Child Care Services is funded through the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child Care. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the lead agency for CCDF in Texas. Workforce Development Boards administer child care services through the Workforce Solutions offices. CCDF is authorized by the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act and Section 418 of the Social Security Act.

CCDF Final Regulations:

State Child Care-Related Laws:

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Last Verified: October 29, 2014

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