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Texas Workforce Commission phasing out emergency child care programs

Posted May 20, 2020

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has begun phasing out the emergency program to subsidize child care for Texas’ essential workers. This move comes after Gov. Greg Abbott announced that child care providers across the state could reopen.

Subsidies were put in place to assist both essential workers and child care centers during limited enrollment. With Texas reopening, those essential workers who are already on the subsidized plan will continue to receive child care for the three-month period they were initially approved for under the program.

Essential workers may apply at any time for TWC’s regular subsidized child care program for low-income families if they meet eligibility requirements.

In March, TWC commissioners authorized $200 million to Local Workforce Development Boards to subsidize three months of child care for essential workers, and to support the higher costs of child care during COVID-19 as a result of smaller class sizes. This effort aimed to help ensure that essential workers, who hadn’t planned for child care needs during regular public school days, had access to this critical support service to ensure that they could continue to work and support the COVID-19 recovery needs. And it was aimed at supporting child care providers whose cost of care increased as a result of smaller class sizes in effect during COVID-19.

Those in need of assistance should contact their local Workforce Board for more information on child care options in their area as well as to find information on financial assistance. Find your local Workforce Board.

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