Are you struggling to cover your family’s expenses without sacrificing the quality of your child’s care? Or perhaps you are managing a limited income while attending college or a job training program?
If you find yourself in one of these or a similar situation, you should know that Workforce Solutions may be able to help.
Workforce Solutions administers Child Care Services (CCS) funding to help parents pay for child care while they work, go to school, or participate in job training. Examples of parents who are eligible for assistance include:
- Parents who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
- Parents who have recently stopped receiving TANF benefits because of earned income or time limits.
- Parents in job training programs such as Choices, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or those offered through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
- Parents that meet income guidelines* and need help paying for child care, so they can continue to work or attend training.
- Teen parents from families that meet income guidelines* and need child care to attend school.
- Parents that meet income guidelines* and have children with disabilities.
As with other types of financial aid, CCS requires families to meet income guidelines. If you are eligible and qualify for services, you may be responsible for a portion of the cost of child care depending on your income and the number of children needing care.
Parents receiving child care assistance are free to choose which child care center their child will attend. In certain circumstances, it may also be possible to select a relative care provider.
For more information, please see the Questions and Answers listed below.
*For the purposes of CCS eligibility, families must be earning 85% of State Median Income or less. You can find the Income Guidelines in the "Do I qualify for Childcare Assistance?" tab below.
Do I qualify for Child Care Assistance?
To find out whether you qualify for child care assistance, please answer the following questions:
- Do you live in Hidalgo, Willacy or Starr County?
- Are you (and your spouse, if applicable) employed, in school or in training for a minimum of:
- 25 hours per week for a single parent household, or
- 50 hours per week for a two parent household?
- Is your child under 13 years of age or a child with special needs under the age of 19?
- Are your children U.S. citizens or legal immigrants?
- Does your household meet the income guidelines for your family size? (See below for Income Eligibility Guidelines.)
If you answered "yes" to all of the questions, you may be eligible for child care assistance. For more information, please see the "How do I Apply?" tab below.
*Income Eligibility Guidelines for Child Care Services
Effective October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013
||Monthly 85% SMI
How Do I Apply?
If you believe you may be eligible for child care assistance, the next step is for you to complete an application and other required forms, submitting all documents to Child Care Services (CCS).
A copy of the following documents must be included with your application package.
Personal Identification for each household member:
- Birth Certificate,
- Social Security Card, and
- Valid Driver License or Picture ID for Parents.
Income Information, if employed:
- Last four recent check stubs, and
- Work Schedule Verification Form.
For New Employment:
- Employer must complete the Wage Verification Form.
- Form 1049 for the last complete month,
- Receipts and/or Ledger, and
- Previous year’s income tax return filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
- Proof of all other household income and/or benefits received including, but not limited to, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance (UI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Child Support, and Parental Contribution.
If Attending School or Training:
- Current school schedule and current transcripts
If attending High School, a GED program or a Vocational school:
- Current letter of enrollment from the school, and
- School or Training Schedule Verification Form
Compliance with the Attorney General of Texas:
- If you have an active child support case with the Attorney General, you must provide proof that your case is open, suspended or closed.
- If receiving Parental Contribution, please complete the Parent Responsibility Agreement Informal Child Support Form
Once you have gathered all of the above information and completed all the required forms, please fax, drop off or mail to one of the following centers:
Workforce Solutions - East Hidalgo
1600 N. Westgate Suite 400 Weslaco, Texas 78596
Workforce Solutions - West Hidalgo
901 Travis St Suite 7 Mission, Texas 78572
Notice: All required documents and forms must be completed and submitted together in order for the application to be processed.
Can I Choose My Child Care Provider?
With the Child Care Services (CCS) program, parents choose which child care center their child will attend.
The Child Care Licensing Website identifies those child care providers who are licensed with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Workforce Solutions assists parents in making child care decisions based on the services offered, hours, fees and ages of children accepted by licensed child care providers that offer CCA-funded care in Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties.
Parents are also given the option of selecting a relative to care for their children.
Finally, the Child Care Consumer Education Guide presents valuable information to assist you with your selection.
Who is Eligible for Relative Child Care Provider Services?
Subject to certain restrictions, parents are given the option of selecting a relative to care for their children.
In order for a family member to qualify as a Relative Child Care Provider with CCS, the individual must meet the following requirements.
A relative child care provider must be an individual who is at least 18 years of age and is (by marriage, blood relationship, or court decree) related to the child.
A "relative" must be the child’s grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt, uncle, or sibling (only if the sibling does not reside in the same household as the eligible child).
Relative care may be provided either in the child's own home (in-home child care), or in the relative's own home, which is not the child's home.
Relative in-home child care is allowed for the following:
- A child with disabilities as defined in §809.2(6), and his or her siblings;
- A child under 18 months of age, and his or her siblings;
- A child of a teen parent; and
- When the parent's work schedule requires evening, overnight, or weekend child care in which taking the child outside of the child's home would be disruptive to the child.
In order for a relative child care provider to be eligible for reimbursement, the following rules apply:
Required Documents for relative child care providers:
- Providers caring for a child in the relative's own home, which is not the child's home, shall list with Department of Family Protective Services;
- Providers caring for a child in the child's own home (in-home child care), shall not appear on the Texas Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Sex Offender Registry.
1. Social Security Card
2. Driver License or Picture ID
2. Current Utility for Parent and Provider