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Financial Aid for Child Care

Financial Aid for Child Care

Child care-related matters can and often do affect the daily routine of parents in the workplace. Finding a way to pay for child care so that parents can keep their jobs or train for better jobs is a constant challenge for many working families. That's why Workforce Solutions helps eligible working families pay for child care.

Do You Qualify?

To see if you may qualify for Workforce Solutions financial aid for child care, answer the following three questions:

  1. Do you live in one of the following thirteen counties?
    • Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, Wharton
  2. Do you:
    • work at least 25 hours per week or;
    • go to school full-time or;
    • work and go to school combined for at least 25 hours per week?
  3. Do you meet Workforce Solutions family income guidelines according to the table below?

Effective from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015

Family Size – Number of Persons in the Family

Gross Monthly Income

Initial Eligibility
200% FPG

Sustaining Eligibility
85% SMI

Two

$2,622

$3,264

Three

$3,298

$4,032

Four

$3,975

$4,799

Five

$4,652

$5,567

Six

$5,328

$6,335

Seven

$6,005

$6,479

Eight *

$6,623

$6,623

Nine *

$6,767

$6,767

Ten *

$6,911

$6,911

Eleven *

$7,055

$7,055

Twelve *

$7,199

$7,199

Thirteen *

$7,343

$7,343

Fourteen *

$7,487

$7,487

Fifteen *

$7,631

$7,631

 

If you answered YES to all three of these questions, if your family meets eligibility requirements and if Workforce Solutions has funds available, we may pay a portion of your family's child care costs. You will be responsible for a co-payment based on the family's income.

We make direct payments to the child care providers chosen by working parents to help you keep your job or train for a better job. A provider must be approved by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in order to qualify for payment by Workforce Solutions. Workforce Solutions can help you find a provider in your area.  For more information on providers, call our Resource and Referral Service by dialing 211.

If you believe you may be eligible for financial aid, visit one of our local career offices, or call Workforce Solutions at 1-888-469-JOBS (5627).

Local Designated Vendors

Local TRS child care providers that are nationally accredited and meet Texas School-Ready! standards are listed here:

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  1. Accredited Programs
  2. Texas Rising Star Programs
  3. Texas School Ready Participants

Required Information and Materials

When applying for child care financial aid, you will need the following information:

  • Social security number and date of birth for all household members.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal immigrant status for each child on whose behalf you are applying for child care financial aid (birth certificate, alien registration card I-551, etc.)
  • Employment information for all household members including name, address, and phone number of the employer, work hours/days, rate of pay, how often paid.
  • Training information for all adult household members including name, address, and phone number of the school, days per week, current enrollment hours, total hours completed, anticipated graduation date and transcript.
  • Amount of household income received from other sources such as TANF, Child Support, SSI, etc. (Child Care financial assistance requires proof that you have applied for child support through the Attorney General's Office).
  • Child care information including name, address, phone number, city, and zip code of a licensed or registered child care provider.

For Relative child care providers, the name, address, phone number, social security number, and their relationship to the child(ren). Note: a criminal background check is required.

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