Beginning in Summer 2022, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is offering funding for child care center and home-based providers opening or expanding capacity after March 1, 2022:
- In a child care desert, defined as an area where the number of children younger than six years of age who have working parents is at least three times greater than the capacity of licensed child care providers in the area. Check the zip code here.
- In partnership with an employer or consortium of employers; and/or
- To serve infants (0-17 months) across the state.
Funds can be used for indoor and outdoor equipment and furnishings, educational resources, classroom and kitchen supplies, permitting fees, staffing costs, minor renovations, and outreach costs to recruit families and staff.
Child care providers may be eligible to receive up to two awards: A Start-Up Award and an Initial Operating Award. Prospective providers interested in receiving funding must develop and complete a viable business plan. A free business coach is available for those applying, and one will be assigned if a business plan is not ready for approval.