Overview

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Good news – Child Care Relief Funding 2022 is here!

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

 

Eligible providers received an invitation email from TWC with instructions to log into the application portal. If you believe you are eligible but have not received an email, please reach out to CCReliefFunds@trelliscompany.org.

More information can be found on the following links:

Browse through our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more details about the program or view additional resources on our childcare.texas.gov webpage. Providers with questions about this opportunity can receive help from our Technical Assistance team by emailing CCReliefFunds@trelliscompany.org or calling 1-833-613-3192. Agents are ready to speak to you in a variety of languages.

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Who is eligible to receive 2022 Child Care Relief Funding (CCRF)?

To be eligible for the 2022 CCRF, providers must be:

  1. Open to provide child care services at the time of application OR be temporarily closed due to public health, financial hardship, or other COVID-19–related reasons at the time of application (with plans to reopen within 30 days);
  2. Actively licensed or registered in the State of Texas with Child Care Regulation by February 28, 2022;
  3. In good standing with Child Care Regulation; and
  4. Committed to remaining open through at least May 2023.

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Application Process

Each eligible child care provider received an application link through the secure email address on file with, and that you use to log in to, the Child Care Regulation portal. These email invitations were sent on a rolling basis in March 2022. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2022. Once you have received your invitation email, you can log-into the application system.

To help you through the process, please view our walk-through video of the application portal by clicking on the links below. This video is available in English and Spanish, and Vietnamese. This video shows each step of the application system and each question that providers must answer.

Child Care Relief Fund 2022 Application Walk-Through in English
En Español Bằng Tiếng Việt

You may also read through our written Application Guide available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

For more information on accessing and submitting an application, please email CCReliefFunds@Trelliscompany.org or call 1-833-613-3192. If you believe you are eligible but have not received an invitation email, please contact our technical assistance team using either of the methods listed above.

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How much funding can eligible providers expect to receive?

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Base funding amounts are calculated using the child care program's licensed capacity and the 75th percentile of the average daily local market rate for child care in their area, for all age groups. This mirrors the methodology used for the 2021 Child Care Relief Fund. This amount will be multiplied by 22, reflecting the number of days per month child care is provided over one year, and then by a multiplier of 3.2725.

Providers may be eligible for an enhanced funding amount on top of their base funding if the child care program is Texas Rising Star certified, nationally accredited, resides in a child care desert, and/or based on their area's Texas Social Vulnerability Index score.

More details on how base rates and enhanced funding is calculated are included in our Frequently Asked Questions. For more information on how your child care program’s funding amount is calculated, please contact CCReliefFunds@trelliscompany.org.

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What can 2022 Child Care Relief Funds be used for?

2022 Child Care Relief Funds are for expenses necessary to maintain or resume operation of your program, including for fixed costs and increased operating expenses. Examples of allowable expenses include: rent or mortgage, insurance, utilities (gas, electric, water, sewer, phone, internet), payroll and personnel (salaries, wages, benefits), personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies/services, maintenance, and supplies.

Providers may choose how to allocate their funds across these categories but must provide relief from tuition or copayments to the extent possible. Learn more about how to develop a tuition assistance policy by reading our guide.

The 2022 CCRF can also be used to offer wage supplements and one-time bonuses to attract and retain high-quality staff, including hiring or retention bonuses, paid time off, and other supports. To learn more about how to support your staff with your 2022 CCRF, view our Child Care Workforce Support Provider Decision Tool in English and SpanishPDF.

More details on options for uses of funds under these categories are included in our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Where can I receive assistance?

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For additional questions, assistance with the application process, or for other technical assistance, please reach out to our technical assistance team by emailing CCReliefFunds@trelliscompany.org or calling 1-833-613-3192. Agents are ready to speak to you in a variety of languages.

Hours:
7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday 
(Closed on Federal holidays)

For additional tools and resources on the CCRF, or to receive assistance from a Business Coach, please view our childcare.texas.gov webpage.

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Contacts

For more information, contact:

Child Care Relief Fund Technical Assistance Team
CCReliefFunds@trelliscompany.org 1-833-613-3192

To chat with an agent and find additional resources, visit childcare.texas.gov.

Hours:
7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday 
(Closed on Federal holidays)