Tarrant County

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.

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2022 Child Care Open Enrollment
Scholarships Available

Open Enrollment

Quality child care is the key to our children’s development and success. Child care scholarships may be available to assist you with the high cost of care at participating providers.

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CCMS

Child Care Management Services

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 Child Care Regulation (CCR) Licensing requirements.

CCMS provides child care scholarships, 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. To see if you might be eligible, check out the eligibility document below or visit their website at https://tarrantcountyccms.org/

CCMS Eligibility Document

Child Care Provider Types

There are three types of child care regulated by the Child Care Regulation (CCR):
  • Licensed Child Care Centers
  • Licensed Child Care Homes
  • Registered Child Care Homes

Always check a child care provider’s inspection record at DFPS’s website.

Relative care is not regulated by CCR but may be an option for eligible families through CCMS.

Quality Matters

Choose the Right Provider for Your Family

Child care has become an essential component of life in our society. It can make a significant difference in children’s development. Quality child care will have a positive influence on your child. Child care staff, their relationship with the parents and children, and the environment of the facility are the most important elements in quality child care.

Download and take this checklist with you and use it to help rate every Child Care Facility or Registered Family Home you visit.

Above and Beyond

Child Care Provider Accreditation and Certifications

Child Care providers can volunteer to go above and beyond minimum CCR standards by meeting higher standards through child care certification or accrediting entities such as: