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Service Industry Recovery (SIR) 


In order to address the impacts of COVID-19 and to support Texas’ continued economic recovery, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is implementing a Service Industry Recovery (SIR) child care program to help low-wage workers in TWC-specified service industries who generally operate in close quarters with their customers and whose jobs cannot be accomplished remotely. While TWC is targeting aspects of the service sector with SIR child care, all families continue to have access to TWC’s regular low-income child care subsidy program.



  • At least one parent must be currently employed or entering employment in one of the following TWC-specified service industries: 

    • Retail - examples include gas stations, supermarkets, clothing stores, etc.

    • Accommodations and Food Services - examples include hotels, restaurants, caterers, bars etc.

    • Arts, Entertainment and Recreation - examples include gyms, movie theaters, bowling centers, etc.

  • The parent requires child care services in order to work;

  • One-parent households must be working a minimum of 25 hours per week and a two-parent household must be working a total of 50 hours per week to qualify. 

  • The family income is at or below 75 percent of SMI; and 

  • The Child:

    • Is under the age 13 (or, at Board option, under age 19 if disabled)

    • Has legal citizenship or immigration status; and 

    • Resides with family within the Middle Rio Grande workforce development area.


  • Enrolled children must meet attendance standards

You will be asked to provide verification of your employment in one of the industries listed above. 


APPLICATION (click to download)



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