COVID-19 has impacted working families and the child care providers they rely upon. As the lead state agency for the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), TWC has approved multiple policy and funding actions to support families and child care providers. Check out our Summary of COVID Relief Activities & Expenditures MS Word to learn more about TWC’s child care response efforts.

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Child Care Relief Funding

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will make $790 million available in June. The funds will be available to regulated child care programs, centers, and family care across the state (registered homes, licensed homes, and licensed centers).

There is no need to contact TWC or Child Care Regulation (CCR)—we will email all eligible child care programs as soon as processes are in place to award and issue money through the Child Care Relief Fund (CCRF). We plan to email information in early June.

Child care programs can prepare by:

  • ensuring that you are open and operating and not currently on corrective or adverse action with Child Care Regulation (CCR); and
  • confirming that all operation information provided within your CCR portal account is up-to-date and accurate as it will be used to initiate and process your application for funds. Verify location and mailing addresses, names and roles of controlling persons, and the email address associated with CCR portal access.

NOTE: Previous guidance suggested applying for a Texas Identification Number (TIN) via the Texas Comptroller’s Office.  Please do not contact the Texas Comptroller, a TIN will be automatically assigned when you apply if you do not already have one.

The following are a few key components of the Child Care Relief Funding (CCRF):

  • Funds can be used to reimburse the child care program for expenses incurred since January 1, 2021, or to assist in paying for current, immediate expenditures.
  • Funds must be used for the purposes of cleaning and sanitation, and other activities necessary to maintain or resume program operation, including for fixed costs and increased operating expenses. You must ensure you have receipts or other proof of payment for these expenses.
  • Payment amounts are based on the child care program's licensed capacity and the 75th percentile of the average local market rate for child care in the area. Child care programs that are certified as Texas Rising Star or are nationally accredited will receive an increased amount. Programs located in areas with low child care capacity compared to the number of working families with children will also receive an increased amount. You can find more information in the Commission’s policy action: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) Child Care Development Block Grant – Prioritization and Use of FundsPDF
  • Technical assistance and business coaching will be available to assist in completing the application process, documenting expenditures, and providing other general business education support.

Providers do not need to contact TWC to apply for funds. TWC will email all eligible child care programs as soon as processes are in place to award and issue the CCRF. Emails will go to the address used for accessing the CCR online portal in early June and will include details on the application process.

You can find more information on this funding, as well as how to access a business coach, at childcare.texas.gov.

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Resources for Parents

Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas Guidance

On May 18, 2020, the Governor reopened child care centers and homes to all families, and posted a checklist for familiesPDF and child care providers to safely ensure the care of Texas children.

Texas Child Care Availability Portal

A new Texas Child Care Availability Portal allows parents to search for available child care near their home or work, and it displays a map of licensed child care centers, licensed homes, and registered homes. It shows 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.

Parents can find additional information to consider during COVID in the new Texas Child Care Website.

Texas is working hard to ensure the health and safety of all of its citizens. It is important that we all work to practice social distancing and limiting our contacts with others during this time.  If you are able to have a family member, relative, or trusted neighbor care for you children in lieu of a childcare provider, we encourage you to do so.  While our childcare facilities will follow the safety, guidelines provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Center for Disease Control, the simplest way to avoid Covid-19 is to limit your children’s exposure to others.

Depending on your income and work status, financial assistance for child care may be available to you. Contact your Local Board to determine if you qualify and if funds are currently available.

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Resources for Child Care Programs

Child Care Availability Portal

Many Texans are looking for child care. A new mapping search tool is available to help parents: the official statewide Child Care Availability Portal. This website allows parents to search for available child care near their home or work, and displays a map of child care options. Parents can search along their commute, by quality rating, by hours of care, and much more. Each program's profile links to their Child Care Regulation safety and health inspection reports and history. After searching, families need to contact the child care facility directly to enroll their child.

Child care providers should complete the Availability Form to indicate the number of child care seats for each age group you currently have available.

Need help logging in? View the Child Care Availability Update Guide (EnglishPDF and SpanishPDF) for easy step-by-step instructions.

Your entry for a child care center is valid for three months; for a child care home provider, the entry is valid for one year. You will receive a reminder to update your information before that time runs out. However, you can update as frequently as you like, and we hope you will update it as often as possible, so families have accurate information. Without an update from your program, the website will show parents "availability unknown" for your program.

Job Matching Services

Child care programs that need to hire staff can use www.WorkInTexas.com to post and fill job openings. See this helpful guide for instructionsPDF.

Out-of-work child care teachers can also search and apply for child care jobs at www.WorkInTexas.com. See this helpful guidePDF for instructions.

TWC Shared Work Program

The Shared Work program provides Texas employers with an alternative to layoffs. TWC developed this voluntary program to help Texas employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business.

Shared Work allows employers to:

  • Supplement their employees’ wages lost because of reduced work hours with partial unemployment benefits
  • Reduce normal weekly work hours for employees in an affected unit by at least 10 percent but not more than 40 percent

Small Business Resources

There are many resources to help your small business during this time of need. Please view these resources for more information:

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