Child Care Programs
Workforce Solutions’ Child Care program provides services needed by low-income families in order to enter and remain in the workforce. Parents who need child care to seek work, attend training or education, are eligible. The boards may also target funds for children of teen parents and for children with disabilities. Child care funds are also used to improve child care quality, and to increase the availability of early childhood development programs and before-school and after-school programs.
Do you live in Tarrant County and need Child Care? We may be able to help – Contact your local Workforce Center for more information. Click here to find center closest to you.
Child Care Management Services (CCMS)
Parents striving to become self-sufficient must have access to dependable quality care. Child Care Associates is the Child Care Management Services (CCMS) Contractor for Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County. Workforce Solutions uses the CCMS program to purchase child care for eligible families in Tarrant County.
The CCMS gives parents flexibility in choosing care for children and encourages all interested child care providers to enter into a provider agreement with CCMS. All providers entering into an agreement must comply with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) Licensing requirements.
CCMS provides subsidized child care, an essential employment support service for families in Tarrant County. It helps parents who need assistance paying for child care become self-sufficient. Most CCMS clients are required to contribute to the cost of child care, with their fees being a percentage of the family’s monthly gross income.
There are three types of child care regulated by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS):
Licensed Child Care Centers
Licensed Child Care Homes
Registered Child Care Homes
Always check a child care provider’s inspection record at DFPS’s web-site at www.DontBeInTheDark.org
Relative care is not regulated by DFPS but may be an option for eligible families through CCMS.
Child care providers can volunteer to go above and beyond minimum DFPS standards by meeting higher standards through child care certification or accrediting entities, including:
National Child Care Accreditations
• National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC.org)
• National Accreditation Commission (NAC) (earlylearningleaders.org)
• National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA.net)
• National Association of Family Child Care Accreditation (NAFCC.org)
Texas Child Care Certifications
• Texas Rising Star Provider Certification (www.twc.state.tx.us/svcs/childcare/provcert.html)
• Texas School Ready! Certification —only for prekindergarten classrooms) (www.texasschoolready.com)
To see a list of Quality Facilities in Tarrant County Click on our Child Care Map