Service Industry Recovery (SIR) Child Care Enrollment
Update – October 5, 2021
The Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) three-member Commission approved $500 million to support a new COVID-19 Service Industry Recovery (SIR) child care program to help low-wage workers in TWC-specified service industries. TWC is providing extra help to service industries that were hit hard by the pandemic by providing 12 months of free child care to low-income parents who are employed in the service industry.
The State identifies the industries listed below as the industries impacted the most by the pandemic. The Service Industry Recovery (SIR) child care program specifically targets low-wage workers in the industries listed below. To qualify for the Service Industry Recovery (SIR) child care program, at least one parent must be currently employed or entering employment in one of the following TWC-specified service industries.
- Entertainment and recreation industry
- Food services
- Retail trade
“Service industries are crucial to our state’s economy, said Commissioner Representing Employers, Aaron Demerson. Assisting with getting our Texans back to work helps our Texas employers bounce back, which means a stronger recovery for all of Texas.” The $500 million program is funded by a Child Care Development Block Grant through the federal CARES, ARPA, and CRRSAA recovery legislation passed by Congress. The SIR program is being implemented through grants to the 28 Workforce Development Boards across Texas.
Please complete the online Service Industry Recovery (SIR) Child Care Enrollment Form and submit it to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please call (361)882-7491 ext. 426
Child Care & Early Learning COVID-19 Information
Update – March 26, 2021
The Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend (WFSCB) – Child Care Department is hard at work keeping Child Care Providers and Parents informed and engaged. The Child Care Services Department is a pillar of success in helping parents return to work and would not be complete without the help of Child Care Providers in the Coastal Bend. Click Here To Read More
Update – July 16, 2020
TWC Child Care Attendance: UPDATE – Reinstatement of Absence Policies ON HOLD
On June 16, 2020, the Texas Workforce Commission took action to reinstate requirements for the parents of children receiving Child Care Services (CCS) to record their child’s daily attendance, to become effective July 20, 2020. Children are generally allowed 40 unexplained absences during a year. However, parents have not been required to record their attendance since mid-March, when the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was first being felt across the state. TWC did not want to penalize parents who were unable to take their children to child care or were unable to record attendance, based on the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Click Here to Read More…
Update – May 22, 2020
Child Care Services (CCS) Provider Update
Effective June 1, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will reinstate the requirement for parents receiving financial assistance for child care services to pay for a portion of their costs. As children return to their child care centers, parents will resume paying their parent share of cost (PSC) fees to the child care center directors.
TWC will also continue to pay providers when children are absent and is paying a 25% enhanced reimbursement rate over and above what the provider regularly receives.
Effective June 1, 2020, child care providers may once again begin collecting the parent share of cost (PSC) fees from the parents of children who attend their centers. A friendly reminder, all PSC fees are due at the beginning of the month and must be collected (in full) prior to services being provided.
Child Care Services (CCS) Program Participant Update
Effective June 1, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will reinstate the requirements for parents receiving financial assistance for child care services to pay for a portion of their costs. As children return to their child care centers, parents will resume paying their parent share of cost (PSC) fees to the child care center director. Parents who are unable to pay their PSC fees should contact Child Care Services (CCS) at (361)882-7491 ext. 426 to discuss their situation. A friendly reminder, all PSC fees should be paid to the child care center prior to services being provided.
Update – May 20, 2020
Attention Child Care Providers and Parents
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will begin phasing out the emergency program to subsidize child care for Texas’ essential workers. In March, TWC Commissioners authorized $200 million to local Workforce Development Boards to subsidize three months of child care for essential workers, and to support the higher costs of child care during COVID-19 as a result of the smaller class sizes. This effort was intended to help ensure that essential workers who hadn’t planned for child care during public school closures had access to this critical support service to ensure that they could continue to work and support the COVID-19 recovery needs.
As Texas’ economy begins to re-open, TWC will begin phasing out COVID-19 Essential Worker Child Care Services effective immediately.
Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend (WFSCB) encourages customers who need full-time child care services to complete a Wait List Application for Child Care Services listing their name and contact information and be placed on the waitlist. As funds become available, customers on the waitlist will be contacted and informed of the enrollment process to determine their eligibility to receive child care services.
This program provides support to families in our communities who are working towards improving their quality of life. This program builds the workforce of the future by developing the skills of children ages
0 – 12, preventing circumstances leading to abuse, and promoting health and safety.
For more information, please contact us at 361-882-7491 ext. 1932 or email@example.com.
Enrollment for Child Care Services
Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend enrolls customers from its Wait List. Customers who need full-time child care services may complete a Child Care Wait List Application to have their name and contact information added to the Wait List.
As funds become available, customers on the Wait List will be contacted by Child Care staff and asked to submit the appropriate documents to determine their eligibility status.
Click Below To Download the Child Care Wait List Application (complete form, save the file and then email to firstname.lastname@example.org). and view the Documentation Checklist (list of required documents).
Looking For Child Care Financial Assistance?
Parents participating in the Child Care Services Program receive financial assistance to help pay for their children to attend a State licensed child care center, licensed child care home, or a listed relative child care provider. Child care services may be provided for children ranging in age from “0” to “12”.
Studies consistently show that children who receive quality care at an early age perform better overall. Moreover, parents who know their children are well-cared for are more focused and productive on the job.
To qualify, you should meet the following requirements:
- Single-parent families must be working/training at least 25 hours per week
- Two-parent families must be working/training at least 50 hours per week
To be eligible, families must be below the following gross income limits:
|Maximum Gross Income Eligibility for Child
Care Services – Effective October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021
If Employed: At least 6 of your most recent pay stubs or self-employment records (last 3 months).
In in School/Training: Current school schedule or proof of enrollment.
Records of Other Sources of Income: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Child Support.
Documentation of Citizenship and Age: Birth Certificates or Medicaid.