Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) Child Care Services and Workforce Solutions Offices provide many services for child care and early learning programs.
Licensed and registered child care providers are eligible for reimbursement for services to children receiving Child Care Services (CCS) scholarships (also known as “subsidies”). To learn more, use the contact form on the Texas Child Care Solutions website. Learn more about CCS scholarship reimbursement rates available to child care programs, at Child Care Rates.
Advertise your child care program in the Texas Child Care Availability Portal, a mapping search tool to help parents find child care. To be sure you will show up on the map and higher in search results, regularly update your information.
The Texas Child Care Provider Cost of Quality Calculator (PCQC) is a web-based tool to estimate the costs of providing child care. It can assist you identify the most common child care services expenses. It can also help you understand the costs of providing increasing levels of quality. The Texas Provider Cost of Quality Calculator User Guide includes instructions on how to use the calculator.
With the Texas PCQC, you can create scenarios to estimate costs, revenue, and efficiency of student enrollment. You may use the Texas PCQC as many times as you like to capture different scenarios.
A child care pre-K partnership is a collaboration between a public pre-K program and one or more quality-rated child care programs. The partnership provides high-quality care and education to three- and four-year-old children. This is also called an “early learning partnership.” Texas Rising Star Three-Star and Four-Star certified programs are eligible for pre-K partnerships.
Learn more at Public Prekindergarten Partnerships.
If you regularly care for children other than your own, you most likely need to be regulated with the State of Texas.
The Roadmap also as links to resources to support your staff, children, and families. The Roadmap is available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Child care programs with fewer than 100 employees can apply for the TWC Skills for Small Business program. The purpose of the program is to improve small businesses performance by upgrading new and current employee’s skills. The program offers training by local community or technical colleges.
The program reimburses up to $900 per existing employee and up to $1,800 per new employee for a 12-month period. The program can reimburse providers for training opportunities such as:
- Entry level certificates in Infant and Toddler or Preschool
- Child Development Associate programs
- Occupational skills courses
- Required annual training by Child Care Regulation
Currently, there are 19 colleges participating in the program:
- Alamo Community College District
- Angelina College
- Austin Community College
- Blinn College
- Del Mar College
- El Paso Community College District
- Lone Star College System
- Odessa College
- Paris Junior College
- San Jacinto Community College
- South Plains College
- South Texas College
- Texas A&M Engineering Extension (TEEX)
- Texas Southmost College
- Texas State Technical College – Waco
- Tyler Junior College
- Vernon College
- Weatherford College of Parker County
- Western Texas College
For more information on the program, including how to apply:
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Texas Scholarship Program is a research-based strategy to educate and retain early childhood practitioners, positively impacting outcomes for the children in their care. To learn more and see if you are eligible, visit TXAEYC.
The Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year Old Learning Guidelines include important information to support the development of the children you serve.
The Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines follow child development for each of the learning domains for children ages three through five. The guidelines provide teaching strategies that can help prepare them for success in Kindergarten.
TWC funds a statewide network to improve the quality of infant and toddler care. The network particularly improves care in underserved communities.
This network includes coaches, mentors, trainers, and other specialists to support teachers working with infants and toddlers.
The Children's Learning Institute supports the network. Learn more at Texas Infant-Toddler Specialist Network.
The Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS) includes the Texas Trainer Registry and the Texas Workforce Registry.
The Texas Trainer Registry is a statewide system that lists approved early childhood trainers. The system lists the trainings that child care programs can choose from. Learn more at the TECPDS Trainer Registry.
The Texas Workforce Registry is a web-based service for early childhood professionals. The registry keeps track of early childhood professionals' education and employment history. The registry also includes the clock hours of training they have accrued. Learn more at the TECPDS Workforce Registry.
Work-based learning can support high school or college students and help understaffed child care and early learning programs in many ways. One way is to let students gain experience in a child care classroom for their internship or practicum. Another way is by giving scholarships and support to child care teachers who are currently in school. This helps them continue their education while working. Another option is to create or join a Registered Apprenticeship Program. Visit the Work-Based Learning Staffing Initiatives to learn more.
Shared Services Alliances (SSAs) can help providers with business and pedagogical (teaching) problems. SSAs can help programs earn more money, spend less money, and improve quality by working with other programs. To learn more visit Shared Services Alliances.