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COVID-19 has impacted working families and the child care programs they rely upon. As the lead state agency for the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), TWC has received several increases to the CCDBG Grant to support child care response and recovery efforts.

More information on the funding allocated to Texas is available in this summary: CC Stimulus Funding Categorized (March 2023) MS Word.

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Child Care Relief Funding 2022

On October 19, 2021, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) approvedPDF distribution of $2.45 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds for direct relief to child care programs. On February 1, 2022, the Commission approved an additional $1 billion of COVID-19 stimulus fundingPDF to the 2022 CCRF, bringing the total available funds to $3.45 billion. TWC accepted applications for the Child Care Relief Fund 2022 on a rolling basis from mid-March through May 31, 2022.

Learn more on our Child Care Relief Fund 2022 page.

For questions, please reach out to our technical assistance team by emailing CCReliefFunds@Trelliscompany.org or calling 833-613-3192.

Child Care Relief Funding 2022 Status as of September 20, 2023

Provider Type Total Providers Invited to Apply Total Number of Applications Number of Applications Processed* Average Award Amount Total Awarded
Licensed Child Care Center 9,333 7,741 7,741 $441,213 $3,415,427,383
Licensed Child Care Home 1,535 1,236 1,236 $35,863 $44,326,841
Registered Child Care Home 2,573 1,836 1,836 $30,652 $56,276,667
TOTAL 13,441 10,813 10,813 $325,167 $3,516,030,891

2022 Child Care Relief Funds Status by BoardMS Word

*The total number of applications processed includes all providers that were approved to receive at least one quarterly installment. It excludes providers that did not apply, were ineligible to apply, or started but did not complete an application.

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Child Care Expansion Initiative

The Texas Workforce Commission approved $234 millionPDF to increase the number of high-quality home- and center-based child care providers for working parents in Texas. Part of this funding will go towards the Child Care Expansion Initiative, to offer start-up funding to help expand the availability of child care in areas of the state that lack sufficient supply (child care deserts); for programs opening or expanding in partnership with a local employer; and, to expand the availability of infant care around the state. 

New and existing home- and center-based child care providers who are opening or expanding their child care businesses after March 1, 2022, were eligible to apply if they were:

Funding can be used to offset operational costs incurred during startup and/or the first few months of opening or expanding. It cannot be used on major renovations or on construction.

Applications opened in August 2022. The deadline for expansion in a child care desert or expanding the availability of infants only was December 31, 2022. The Commission extended the deadlinePDF for employer partnership applications to November 30, 2023.

Learn more on our Child Care Expansion Initiative page. This information is also available in Spanish.

Child Care Expansion Initiative Funding and Capacity Increase* as of September 7, 2023:

  Desert Onsite Partnership Near site Partnership Infant Total
Applications Submitted






Applications Approved






Total Funding Approved






Total Funding Paid






Child Care Slots (18+ months) Proposed






Infant Slots Proposed






Total Child Care Slots Proposed






*Slots Proposed represent the number of new slots awarded providers expect to add. A provider’s actual number of new slots may vary after they receive their new or updated Child Care Regulation permit. 

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Child Care Relief Funding 2021

During the summer of 2021, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) made $775 million available for Child Care Relief Funds, plus $15 million to provide child care business coaching. The funds were made available to regulated child care programs across the state (registered homes, licensed homes, and licensed centers). The application window for this round of funding closed on July 31, 2021.

Child Care Relief Funding 2021 Summary (final data):

Provider Type Total Providers Invited to Apply Total Number of Applications Number of Applications Approved & Processed Average Award Amount Total Awarded
Licensed Child Care Center 8,949 6,772 6,717 $83,936 $563,797,820
Licensed Child Care Home 1,521 1,125 1,113 $6,904 $7,684,156
Registered Child Care Home 2,621 1,668 1,649 $6,497 $10,713,480
TOTAL 13,091 9,565 9,479 $61,420 $582,195,456

Child Care Relief Funds Status by BoardMS Word

You can find more information on the eligibility criteria and allowable uses of the first round of funding at childcare.texas.gov.

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Child Care Business Coaching

Technical assistance and business coaching is available to assist child care programs in accessing additional funding and documenting expenditures as well as to provide general business education support.

You can access a business coach at childcare.texas.gov or by emailing Coaching@ECEBizCoach.org.

The Texas Workforce Commission collaborated with the Texas Policy Lab at Rice University to understand child care provider participation and satisfaction with their Child Care Business Coaching Program. Below are some key finding from the report.

  • In the first year of the program, 1,965 child care providers participated in business coaching
  • 90% of providers were satisfied with the support they received from their business coach
  • 85% of providers said that knowledge and skills gained from coaching improved their ability to successfully operate their business

View the Texas Child Care Business Coaching Program report.

Sign up for free individualized guidance from a trained coach who knows child care businesses.

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