The Texas Workforce Commission offers a special child care grant to parents in the service industry. TWC has an existing child care subsidy for low-wage workers, but the new program for parents working in retail, accommodation, food, arts, entertainment and recreation did currently no waiting list – according to a TWC spokesperson.
Responding to a labor shortage with child care help
It is an effort to help fill the labor shortage in service industries.
“A lot of times it’s the choice between working or not working,” TWC’s James Bernsen said. “A lot of people do the math, and they would lose so much paying for child care.”
TWC plans to spend up to $ 500 million in federal COVID-19 relief money to cover child care costs for up to a year if parents follow the guidelines.
To qualify, TWC said families cannot earn more than 75e percentile of median government income. For a family of four, that works out to $ 64,043 per year.
Where to apply
To read an overview of child care programs, click here.
Parents of children with disabilities can find more information here.
Individual Workforce Solutions offices across Texas manage requests. To find your office, click here.
Up to three months of help for unemployed parents
In June, the commission also extended child care subsidies to unemployed parents, offering up to three months of help paying for child care while parents search for a job.
“We know that parents struggle to find jobs and re-enter the workforce,” said Tori Mannes, president and CEO of the nonprofit ChildCareGroup. “We are grateful to the Texas Workforce Commission for allowing parents to receive free child care for their children so that they can go out and look for work and re-enter the workforce.”
ChildCareGroup said it manages the Texas Workforce Commission child care services contract in three regions, including Workforce Solutions for Greater Dallas, and serves approximately 18,000 Texas children per day.
Previously, parents who were already employed or in education or training could be enrolled in the child care subsidy program. TWC said the lack of child care services is frequently cited as a barrier for parents looking for work.
The child care program grant will be open to unemployed parents looking for work until September 30, 2022.
Individual Workforce Development Boards deal with these demands locally. TWC says most have set the income limit at 85% of the state’s median income level. For a family of four, this represents a maximum income of $ 72,582 per year.
For more information, contact your local Workforce Solutions office. Find yours here.
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