What Services Does Texas State Child Care Assistance Offer?


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Texas State Child Care Assistance offers financial aid to eligible families with children under the age of 13 who are in need of child care while the parents attend school or work. Assistance is also offered to parents attending required work training sessions.

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Families eligible to receive Texas State Child Care Assistance are those who are receiving or have recently received some form of public assistance, are under the care of protective services or have a low income. Once eligible for the program, the family must maintain an income of no more than 85 percent of the state's median income recommendation for their family size. The Workforce Development Board works with families to set a time limit for benefits, work out the portion paid by the family and make child care attendance policies clear. The board also works with families with disabled children, often offering them care up until age 19.

Child care providers receiving subsidies from Texas State Child Care Assistance must be registered with and licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, must have a youth day camp license from the Texas Department of State Health, or must be operated by the military.

Families receiving aid also have the choice to leave their child with a relative who is 18 years of age or older and is listed with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as an eligible child care provider. These relatives can include a grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt, uncle or older sibling who does not live in the same house as the child.

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