Child care is a support service for parents who work, attend school, or participate in job training.
Those eligible for child care assistance include children under the age of 13:
- whose parents are receiving or transitioning off public assistance
– who are receiving or needing protective services
– or whose families are low-income.
Local Workforce Development Boards (Boards) administer child care services through the Texas Workforce Centers. Eligibility requirements may vary by Board. For example, Boards may
- establish an income eligibility limit that best meets local needs, as long as it does not exceed 85 percent of the State Median Income for a family of the same size
– provide care for children with disabilities up to the age of 19
– determine the length of time a parent may be in education activities and receive child care services
– establish the parent’s share of cost
– establish the provider’s maximum reimbursement rate
– and establish attendance policies.
Locate the Workforce Center nearest you or more information about the eligibility requirements for subsidized child care.
Parents have the right to choose the type of child care that best suits their needs and to be informed of all child care options available, including:
– licensed child care centers
– licensed and registered family homes
– and relative care.
At www.211texas.org parents have a single point of access to search for either private or public-assisted care and for educational services for children.