COVID-19 has impacted working families and the child care providers 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 including the federal limitations and goals for the funding is available in this summary: CCDBG Pandemic Funds MS Word.

TWC has invested approximately $371 million in CARES Act funds. View a summary of the CARES Act funds MS Word.

TWC is in the process of investing the CRRSA and ARPA funds. This CCDBG Grant summary MS Word outlines the projects and funding approved as of June 2021, and the available balances that remain for future investment.

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Child Care Relief Funding

During the summer of 2021, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) made $790 million available for Child Care Relief Funds, including $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 Status as of October 6, 2021:

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

8,947

6,771

6,469

$84,241

$544,958,192

Licensed Child Care Home

1,521

1,125

1,094

$6,906

$7,555,495

Registered Child Care Home

2,621

1,667

1,621

$6,499

$10,534,430

TOTAL

13,089

9,563

9,184

$61,308

$563,048,117

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 childcare.texas.gov.

More funding, provided under the American Rescue Plan Act Child Care Stabilization Grant, 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.

Webinar: Relief Funds Updates

TWC’s Child Care & Early Learning Division held a webinar to inform child care providers and stakeholders on – the latest 2021 Child Care Relief Funds (CCRF) updates and to have the opportunity to ask questions about the program. We also share 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 childcare.texas.gov or by emailing texas@ecebizcoach.org.

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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 Availability Portal

Many Texans are looking for child care. A new mapping search tool 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 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 providers 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.

Your entry for a child care center 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 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. 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 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:

Safe Cleaning for COVID-19 Online Course

Texas Health and Human Services is offering a free online course for Texas child care providers – 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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