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, projects approved, and available balances that remain for future investments is available in this summary: CCDBG Stimulus Funds Approved Projects (November 2021) Public MS Word.

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Child Care Relief Funding

On October 19, 2021, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) approved distribution of $2.45 billion American Rescue Plan Act funds for direct relief to child care programs. The funds will be made available in early 2022. There is no need to contact TWC or Child Care Regulation (CCR)—we will email all eligible child care programs when the next round of funds becomes available. Emails will go to the address used for accessing the CCR online portal. A press release regarding this new funding is available in English and Spanish MS Word.

Previously 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.

2021 Child Care Relief Funding Status as of December 21, 2021:

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Child Care Relief Funds Status by Board

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

Webinar: Relief Funds Updates

In August 2021, TWC’s Child Care & Early Learning Division held a webinar to inform child care programs and stakeholders about the latest 2021 Child Care Relief Funds (CCRF) updates and to provide the opportunity to ask questions about the program. We also shared preliminary information about 2022 CCRF opportunities.

2021 Child Care Relief Fund Update

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Child Care Business Coaching

Technical assistance and business coaching is now 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 or by emailing

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Resources for Parents

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 child care program, 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, your child may be eligible for a child care scholarship. Contact your Local Board to determine if you qualify and if funds are currently available to support new 12-month scholarships.

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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 find child care programs in their area: 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 programs 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.

As a licensed child care center, when you update your child care program’s information, it 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 child care program's 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 regarding available enrollment. 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 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 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:

Safe Cleaning for COVID-19 Online Course

Texas Health and Human Services is offering a free online course for Texas child care programs – Safe Cleaning for COVID-19 – worth two clock hours of professional training available. The course reviews how COVID-19 spreads, outlines child care licensing requirements for child care homes along with best practice recommendations for reducing the spread. It also provides education on how to choose safer products and prevent harm to children and staff form chemical exposures while cleaning/disinfecting.

Safer Disinfecting Toolkit

Texas Health and Human Services created a toolkit that includes microfiber cloths, bleach safety factsheets, poison control magnets, and more. Owners of child care homes in Texas are eligible for the physical toolkit while supplies last.


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