Welcome Parents

Early care and education is important to the development of children. We understand that quality child care is expensive. Next to housing, child care is the largest expense in most families' budgets. Through federal, state and local funding from the Texas Workforce Commission to the Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Region, Child Care Service is able to provide financial aid for eligible families and provide professional development opportunities for early care and education providers.

Priority Groups

  • 1st Group: Choices, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Applicant, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T).
  • 2nd Group: Children who need to receive protective services child care, Children of a Qualified Veteran or Spouse of a Veteran, Children of a Foster Youth, Children experiencing Homelessness, Children of parents on military deployment whose parents are unable to enroll in military-funded child care assistance, Children of Teen Parents, and Children with Disabilities.
  • 3rd Group: Parents who need full year care, Siblings of children currently in care, Workforce Innovation & Opportunities Act (WIOA) participants’ children and children receiving care through Early Head Start Child Care Partnership grants.

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Resources

Learn about Quality Child Care

texaschildcaresolutions.org

Learn about Child Care Licensing rules, find a provider, view inspection reports

www.dfps.state.tx.us

List of Rural Capital Area contracted Child Care Providers

workforcesolutionsrca.com

Learn about Developmental Screenings for Your Child

texaschildcaresolutions.org

Texas Child Care Availability Portal

Find child care that meets your needs. Search for care near home, school, work, etc. Search by your child's age and get detailed information about each provider.
childcare.texas.gov

Workforce Centers

If you need to find employment, want a new job, or need job training, please visit a Workforce Solutions Center near you. If you are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and need to find employment, you may be eligible for priority funding that enables you to find employment. Stop by and see all the services the centers have to offer. Click here to find a location.

Learn about Additional Resources in your community

workforcesolutionsrca.com

Military families

usa.childcareaware.org

211 Texas

211texas.org

Programs for People with Disabilities

twc.state.texas.us

navigatelifetexas.org

Texas Workforce Commission State Child Care Rule: Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 809

workforcesolutionsrca.com

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Child Care Board Policy

childcare.workforcesolutionsrca.com

Training for Parents

Children are the most valuable asset.

Therefore it is essential that you become informed consumers of services that support you and your family.

Help Your Child Succeed in Preschool: Build the Habit of Good Attendance

Early School Success goes hand in hand with good attendance!

For more information go to www.attendanceworks.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the CCS program.

  • Is this a secure website?

    Yes, we have ensured that this site meets all of the Texas Workforce Commission security requirements.

  • What is Workforce Solutions Child Care Services (CCS)?

    Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area benefits families, providers and local communities by assisting parents with tuition assistance who are striving to become self-sufficient and by providing child care technical assistance and training to child care providers through Workforce Solutions, the Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) Child Care Services (CCS) program in our nine-county area.

    What are the qualifications for receiving financial assistance?

    • Each adult in the household must be working and/or in school/training or a combination of these an average of 25 hours a week over a review period or actively looking for employment.
    • Job Search Child Care: If a parent or step-parent, meets eligiblity criteria except averaging 25 hours per week of work, school or training hours, 3 months of job search child care may be available. Parents may self-attest their need for job search child care to actively seek employment and that their family income is below 85 percent of the state median income, if it applies. If after 3 months of job search child care, documented employment eligiblity hours are not met, child care will end. Job Search Child Care is a temporary waiver to eligiblity and is only available for enrollments thru 9/30/22. Job Search Child Care is only available to job seekers, not to begin school or training.
  • Once in the program, how often do you recertify services?

    With the exception of parents who are homeless, eligibility for services is re-determined no sooner than 12 months. This Is following the initial determination or most recent re-determination.

    Parents who are homeless are reviewed 3 months following Initial determination, if all eligibility requirements are not verified at initial determination

  • If my information changes before then, do I need to report it?

    Yes. Parents shall report within 14 calendar days of the occurrence, the following:

    1. Changes in family income or family size that would cause the family to exceed 85 percent of state median income for a family of the same size, and
    2. Changes in work or attendance at a job training or educational program not considered to be temporary changes, and
    3. any change in family residence, primary phone number or email (if available).
    Failure to report these changes may result in fact finding being conducted for suspected fraud.

     

  • What is the parent’s cost for the child care?

    The parent share of cost is based on family size, family income, number of children needing care, and type of care needed. The parent share of cost is paid to the provider on the first business day of each month.

  • How does my provider get paid?

    Through the attendance that you record via your Child Care Automated Attendance (CCAA) card. The information is uploaded to our state system and the provider is paid.

  • I am self-employed, what is needed for verify eligibility?

    Parents must have been in business for themselves for at least three prior full months of date of initial determination. Parents must submit three full months of verifiable documentation of the business. Such documentation is revenue and expense statements, quarterly tax records, business licenses, tax identification number.

  • I can’t afford my parent fee, do you offer any help?

    Parents must pay their share of the child care costs to the provider on the first business day of each month. Providers may end the child care service if a parent does not pay the parent share of cost. Parents with extenuating circumstances that negatively impact their family’s self-sufficiency may have their circumstances reviewed for a possible one month reduction in the parent share of cost.

  • What if my child cannot attend the provider?

    Parents must ensure that the child attends on a regular basis. The attendance must be consistent with the child’s authorization for enrollment. Children who are not in attendance for 1) five consecutive days during the month, 2) ten total absences during a month, or 3) sixty-five total absences over a 12 month period may result in suspension of care or ending of service at the end of the first 12 months. You may be able to reapply for services until after another 12 months.

Tell Us How We're Doing!

 

We appreciate your feedback! Please complete a brief survey to let us know about your experience with Workforce Solutions Child Care program. Thank you.

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