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Initial Job Search Child Care - Update

Effective January 21, 2022

New families who apply for child care services may qualify for Initial Job Search Child Care. If the parent(s) do not meet the minimum participation requirements for At-Risk child care eligibility but meet all other eligibility requirements. Families will qualify for three months of child care services, with no co-pay, while searching for work that will meet minimum employment activity requirements, 25 hours per week for a single parent household or a combine 50 hours for a dual parent household. If parents meet employment participation requirements within three months, eligibility will continue for a total of 12 months; this includes the three-months of the initial job search period. Once work requirements are met, co-pays are instated. 

Initial Job Search Child Care is available for parents to actively seek full employment and 100 percent of participation hours must come from employment for child care to continue beyond the three-month time frame. Attending school or training program will not be counted towards the participation hours. 

If families do not meet minimum employment requirements after the three months of eligibility, services must be terminated. 

Families being re-determined for a new 12-month of child care services and do not meet eligibility requirements, do not qualify for Initial Job Search Child Care, unless services are terminated, and a new application is submitted. New child care applications are subject to Workforce Solutions Middle Rio Grande wait list and priority of services.  

To learn about the accredited child care providers click here to go to the Provider's section and get a list of accredited providers. 

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Child Care Services department has created an online parent website as a new resource for families seeking information to meet the needs of children. The Online Parent Portal is an online source of information to assist parents in making informed choices for early childhood education, quality child care, children with special needs and child care financial assistance.

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Workforce Solutions strives to enhance the quality and availability of child care services using all available resources. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Professional development opportunities for providers,

  • Resources to increase capacity to care for infants and toddlers,

  • Training and/or resources for inclusion of children with special needs,

  • Equipment, curriculum and incentives to promote and reward quality child care services, and

  • Securing local funds to match federal dollars in order to provide assistance to more parent(s).

To learn more about the CCS program, please click on the links below:

The following partner websites may also provide valuable information related to child care services:

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