TWC supports childcare businesses

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Staff report

TEXAS – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is offering seed funding to expand child care across the state.

“Demand for child care is growing as Texas continues to create record jobs,” said Bryan Daniel, TWC President. “This program aims to reduce the financial barriers associated with expanding centers or opening new centers.”

The commission approved $75 million to increase the number of high-quality child care providers for working parents, including new start-up grants. All of this to support three goals: the expansion of child care services in areas of the state that lack sufficient child care capacity, the additional provision of child care services for infants and childcare services created in partnership with employers.

The initiative, paid for with part of the state’s $5.86 billion in federal child care stimulus funding, aims to reduce the costs of opening or expanding a child care program. ‘children. Funds can be used for indoor and outdoor equipment and furnishings, teaching resources, classroom and kitchen supplies, permit fees, staff costs, minor renovations and outreach fees to recruit families and staff.

“We need to find innovative ways to increase the capacity of childcare providers for working families, especially those with infants and those living in childcare deserts,” said said Julian Alvarez, TWC Commissioner representing Labour. “This funding will also benefit workers in the child care industry, as they care for our most precious resource in the Lone Star State: our children.”

Child care service providers may be eligible to receive up to two awards: a start-up award and an initial operating award. Potential suppliers interested in receiving funding must develop and complete a viable business plan. A free business coach is available for those who apply, and one will be assigned if a business plan is not ready for approval.

“The child care industry is crucial to our state’s economy and federal stimulus funding, totaling $5.86 billion, will continue to meet the needs of the child care industry and Families of Texas,” said Aaron Demerson, TWC commissioner representing employers. “These funds not only come at a critical time for providers and families, but they are essential for Texas employers as they work to recruit and retain people who need child care so they can work.”

To learn more about this opportunity and eligibility requirements, please visit https://www.childcare.texas.gov/childcare-expansion

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