Information for COVID-19 FAQ, Employers, Jobseekers, Self-Employed and Child Care

Child Care Services - Program Overview

The child care services 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.

On this page:



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.

Child Care Providers

Find Child care provider resources including information about the Texas Rising Star quality rating system for early childhood programs in Texas.

Return to Top


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


The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Child Care (OCC) collects data regarding the children and families served through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). All CCDF lead agencies are required to report this data through the ACF-801 case-level data submission. TWC submits the ACF-801 to OCC 60 days after the end of each quarter of the federal fiscal year.

Return to Top

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:

Return to Top