COVID-19 Child Care Policy Updates
Child Care Work Requirements Resume on November 1st & Extended Eligibility Ends
The COVID-19 waiver allowing unemployed families to continue receiving assistance with child care costs indefinitely is set to expire. Effective November 1, 2020, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will reinstate the rule requiring parents to become reemployed or enrolled in an educational/training program within three months of a permanent job loss in order to continue receiving subsidized child care benefits.
Parents who have already received three or more months of child care benefits when the extended eligibility period ends will be granted an additional four weeks to meet work or education requirements. This means all parents currently receiving assistance through the Child Care Services (CCS) program will continue to receive those benefits at minimum through Friday, Nov. 27th.
TWC Child Care Attendance: UPDATE - Reinstatement of Absence Policies ON HOLD
On June 16, 2020, the Texas Workforce Commission took action to reinstate requirements for the parents of children receiving Child Care Services (CCS) to record their child’s daily attendance, to become effective July 20, 2020. Children are generally allowed 40 unexplained absences during a year. However, parents have not been required to record their attendance since mid-March, when the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was first being felt across the state. TWC did not want to penalize parents who were unable to take their children to child care or were unable to record attendance, based on the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Given the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the state, the Commission revisited this policy on July 14, 2020 and took action to hold reinstatement of the absence policy.
What Providers Need to Do:
- Continue to report weekly attendance data for subsidized children in accordance with your Local Board’s policies.
- If you are ordered to close by a state or local health authority due to COVID, notify your Local Board/CCS offices about your status (in addition to notifying Child Care Licensing).
Call (325) 795-4200 or email our staff for more information.