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Financial Aid for Child Care

Childcare-related matters can and often do affect the daily routine of parents in the workplace. Finding a way to pay for childcare so that parents can keep their jobs or train for better jobs, is a constant challenge for many working families. Workforce Solutions provides childcare financial aid for parents who are looking for work, working, and/or going to school.

Parents applying for childcare financial aid who are working, going to school and/or looking for work may be added to a waiting list, if funds are limited.  When we have a waiting list, the wait time for childcare financial aid averages 2-3 months.

List of Acceptable Documents

Do You Qualify?

To see if you 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. Are you:
    • looking for a job, or
    • working at least 25 hours per week, or
    • going to school full-time, or
    • working and going 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

























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 childcare costs. You will be responsible for a co-payment based on your family's income.

We make direct payments to the childcare providers chosen by eligible parents to help you keep your job, train for a better job or search for a job. A provider must be approved by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 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.

Required Information

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

  • Proof of Residency
  • 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.);
  • 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;
  • Income for the last 13 weeks for all working household members, including name, address, and phone number of the employer, work hours/days, rate and schedule of pay; and
  • Child care information including name, address, phone number, city, and zip code of a licensed or registered child care provider.

For a complete list of acceptable documentation, click here.

Apply for Financial Assistance

Local Designated Vendors

You may choose from our lists of local Texas Rising Star (TRS) childcare providers that are nationally accredited and meet Texas School-Ready! Standards. By selecting a TRS provider, you may be eligible for a discount.

  1. Accredited Programs
  2. Texas Rising Star Programs (PDF) 10/2021
  3. Texas School Ready Participants

Workforce Solutions Child Care Vendor Maximum Rates

Parents may choose to have a relative provide childcare service paid for by Workforce Solutions. Relative providers are required to be listed with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and they must have a residence different from the parent requesting childcare.

  1. Relative Provider Info Flyer

  2. Vendor Maximum Rates

To Apply

To submit your childcare application, Click here (Español). You will need to follow the prompts in the online database to submit your application. You can review this desk aid for assistance with navigating the online process. 

 If you are unable to submit your financial aid application online, contact the Financial Aid Support Center at 713-334-5980 to speak with a Workforce Solutions professional for assistance.   You can review the Parent Handbook to become familiar with your rights and responsibilities while receiving child care financial aid.  

NOTE: If you're interested in one-time or short-term assistance, please visit one of our offices first - there's no need to complete the online application.

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