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Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas

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Early care and education is important to the development of children. We understand that quality child care is expensive. Next to housing, child care is the largest expense in most families' budgets. Through federal, state and local funding from the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas Child Care Services is able to provide financial aid for eligible families and provide professional development opportunities for early care and education providers.

Eligibility criteria to receive Child Care Services (CCS) include:

  • Each parent and step-parent, living in the household, must be working, attending school, in training/other educational program, or combination of these, at least an average of 25 hours each week over a four-week period. Household members include those who live in the household: parents, step-parents, adult dependents and a child or other minor living in the household who is the responsibility of the parent.
    • If taxes are not taken out of pay or parent is paid for work in cash-the parent is considered to be self-employed.
    • Families who identify as homeless are exempt from this requirement to apply for services.
  • Meet income guidelines based on gross household income (before taxes) and family size. Types of other household income include, but are not limited to: rental income for a house, homestead, store, or other property; income from boarders/lodgers; income from estate and trust funds, or royalties; pensions, annuities, life insurance, and retirement income, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), workers’ compensation income, alimony, court settlements, or judgements.
  • The person applying for services must have primary custody of the child(ren) needing services. If applicant is not the parent of the child needing services, then applicant must provide the following with the application:
    • Reason the parent is not available, and
    • Paperwork verifying reason parent is not available, and
    • Paperwork verifying that applicant is the person responsible for the child.
  • Families must live within these counties: Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler.

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Child Care Assistance Funding Available for Service Industry Workers

Low-income parents working in Service Industries may qualify for 12 months of free child care assistance. 

To qualify for SIR program, one or both parents must be employed or in the process of attaining employment in specified service industries. Approved industries have been defined by the Texas Workforce Commission as Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation; Accommodation and Food Service; and Retail.

Service Industry Recovery (SIR) Application

All Texas Rising Star Certified Providers have a star rating – providing higher quality learning environments for the children in their programs.

Child Care Resources for Parents