General Program Information
As the Texas economy reopens, The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has begun phasing the emergency program to subsidize childcare for COVID-19 essential workers. Effective May 18, 2020, child care providers are now able to serve all parents in need of child care. Full release can be found here (https://www.twc.texas.gov/news/twc-phasing-out-emergency-child-care-programs)
- COVID-19 Essential Worker Care: TWC began enrolling children of essential workers in April to help address the unanticipated consequences of school closures, and to help parents find temporary child care to address this gap. As the school year comes to a close, new applications for the program will not be accepted as of May 21, 2020. Applications received on or before May 20, 2020, will be processed and children previously enrolled will continue to receive their three-month of subsidized child care.
- Parents’ Share of Cost (PSOC) for At-Risk Child Care: TWC waived the PSOC for all at-risk families, effective April 1, effectively paying 100 percent of the costs, as TWC continued to pay providers even while children may be absent. Child care facilities are now reopened to all families, and parents will be required to pay their parent share of cost, or co-pay, effective June 1, 2020.
A medida que se reabre la economía de Texas, la Comisión de la Fuerza Laboral de Texas (Texas Workforce Commission - TWC) ha comenzado a implementar el programa de emergencia para subsidiar el cuidado infantil para los trabajadores esenciales de COVID-19. A partir del 18 de mayo del 2020, los proveedores de cuidado infantil pueden atender a todos los padres que necesitan cuidado infantil. La información completa se puede encontrar aquí (https://www.twc.texas.gov/news/twc-phasing-out-emergency-child-care-programs)
- COVID-19 Essential Worker Care: En el mes de abril TWC comenzó a inscribir a niños de trabajadores esenciales para ayudar a abordar las consecuencias imprevistas del cierre de escuelas y ayudar a los padres a encontrar cuidado infantil temporal para abordar este problema. A medida que el año escolar llega a su fin, las nuevas solicitudes para el programa no serán aceptadas a partir del 21 de mayo de 2020. Las solicitudes recibidas hasta el 20 de mayo del 2020 serán procesadas y los niños inscritos previamente continuarán recibiendo sus tres meses de cuidado infantil subsidiado.
- Costo Compartido de los padres (Parents Share of Cost - PSOC) para el cuidado infantil de las familias en riesgo: TWC renunció al PSOC para todas las familias en riesgo, a partir del 1 de abril, pagando efectivamente el 100 por ciento de los costos, ya que TWC continuó pagando a los proveedores, incluso cuando los niños pudieran estar ausentes. Las instalaciones de cuidado infantil ahora se vuelven a abrir para todas las familias, y los padres deberán pagar el costo compartido de los padres, o copago, a partir del 1 de junio del 2020.
COVID-19 Child Care Services Update
Workforce Solutions Cameron is dedicated in providing you the best service possible during this public health situation. As of Monday, March 23, 2020, Child Care Services (CCS) Staff are available to serve you via phone and email. We understand you may have questions regarding your child care services and we will do our best to keep you informed.
Below are changes made to the Child Care Services program as a result to COVID-19:
Effective March 1, 2020, absences and non-swipes will not count and will not impact eligibility.
Parent Share of Cost
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has approved a Parent Share of Cost relief. As of April 1, 2020, parent share of cost is being waived for all families. TWC will continue to assess the ongoing need on a monthly basis. Parents will be notified when the wavier ends.
If you have a redetermination coming up and are having trouble collecting all necessary paperwork or having trouble meeting program requirements, please contact us to see what options are available to you.
Voluntary Withdrawal / Suspension
If you have made the decision you will not return your child(ren) to services, even after this public health situation, or just want to suspend care for the time being, please contact CCS.
Implementation of Waitlist
Workforce Solutions Cameron has implemented a waitlist and currently not enrolling new families. Parents who are placed on the waitlist will be notified by Child Care Services, according to established priority groups and once space becomes available.
Parents who wish to remain on the waitlist must contact us every 60 calendar days to ensure contact information is up-to-date. Failure to notify us will result in being removed from the waitlist and parents will be required to re-apply.
Note: Individuals whose care was terminated due to excessive unexplained absences or unpaid parent share of cost cannot be placed on the waitlist before complying with a mandatory 60 calendar day waiting period.
Please note Workforce Solutions Cameron will be working with parents who have applied for our waitlist. Parents who are currently on the waitlist must contact the Child Care offices to update their information and to confirm their continued interest in Child Care Services.
We are aware of the high demand for childcare and are trying to meet this need within the parameters placed by TWC.
Child Care Services helps income-eligible families find and pay for child care.
To see if you qualify, click on the link below.