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Financial Aid for Child Care

Essential Worker Assistance:

The application period for Essential Worker Childcare Financial Aid has ended.  However, you may still qualify for financial assistance through Workforce Solutions. Please review the information below to see if you qualify.  Please note that there is currently a waiting list for new financial aid applicants.  We encourage you to apply now and a Workforce Solutions financial aid specialist will contact you when aid becomes available.

Wait List:

Due to limited funds available for childcare assistance, parents applying for child care financial aid who are working or going to school will be added to a waitlist.  We estimate the wait time for child care financial aid is from 4 to 6 months .

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.

Need Help Paying for Child Care? (English Application, Spanish Application)

Parent Handbook (English, Spanish)

Do You Qualify?

To see if you may qualify for Workforce Solutions Financial Aid for Child Care, answer the following 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?

Family Size –
Number of Persons in the Family

Gross Monthly Income

Initial Eligibility
200% FPG

Sustaining Eligibility
85% SMI






















Nine *



Ten *



Eleven *



Twelve *



Thirteen *



Fourteen *



Fifteen *



* Initial Eligibility amounts adjusted to prevent exceeding Sustaining Eligibility amounts.


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, go to the Find a Child Care Provider page on our website.

If you believe you may be eligible for financial aid, fill out an application and submit it in person, by fax, or by email along with the required supporting documentation to your nearest career office.  If you have questions,  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:

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

Workforce Solutions Child Care Vendor Maximum Rates

  1. Vendor Maximum Rates

Required Information and Materials

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

  • 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, , SSI, etc. 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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