Child Care & Early Learning COVID-19 Information

Many families and child care programs that participate in the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) subsidized child care program have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. TWC has approved multiple policy actions to support families and programs and continues to move quickly to respond to child care needs across the state. You can view a list actions approved by the Commission here.

Please refer to TWC’s Policy and Guidance for direction TWC has provided to Local Boards regarding Child Care and COVID.

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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 Regulation Emergency Rules

On June 25, 2020, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission enacted new emergency rulesPDF related to health and safety standards for child care operations. These emergency rules include many of guidelines from the Open Texas Child Care ChecklistPDF. The emergency rules require providers to operate in accordance with the Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open released by the Centers for Disease Control.

Frontline Child Care Webpage

A new Frontline Child Care website has been launched. This website contains information for providers to consider during COVID.

Child Care Availability Portal

Many Texans are looking for child care. A new support 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 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 need to contact the child care facility directly to enroll their child.

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 GuidePDF for easy step-by-step instructions.

Then you will receive an email and/or text each week reminding you to update your program’s availability by age group through a simple online form. You will be able to update it as frequently as you like, and we hope you will update it as often as possible, so families have accurate information. Without a weekly update from your program, the website will automatically assume you have no availability in 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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