12 months of Child Care is available for qualifying parents in the service industry!
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is providing extra help to the service industry, which was hit hard by the pandemic, by providing 12 months of free child care to low-income parents who are employed in the service industry. TWC has an existing child care subsidy program designed to assist low-wage workers in paying for the cost of child care. The new Service Industry Recovery (SIR) program will use federal COVID-relief funds to provide an extra focus on workers in the service industry.
- Parent’s Employer must be in one of the following three service industries:
- Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
- Accommodation and Food Services
- Retail Trade
- Children must be 12 and under, or under 18 if disabled.
- Children must have legal citizenship or immigration status.
- Parent must require child care to work.
- Child care must be provided by a provider contracted with or willing to become contracted with the child care services program.
- Family’s gross income (Before taxes and deductions) must fall below 75% of state median income.
– Additional Info –
In order to address the impacts of COVID-19 and to support Texas’ continued economic recovery, on June 29, 2021, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) approved funding to support a new child care program to help workers in TWC-specified service industries.
To qualify for SIR child care, at least one parent must be currently employed or entering employment in one of the following TWC-specified service industries:
- Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: NAICS 71
- Accommodation and Food Services: NAICS 72
- Retail Trade: NAICS 44-45
State income eligibility requirements apply.