Child Care Services Putting Families First

Feeling successful and confident at your work, school or job-training requires feeling confident in your child care. Our CareForce services exist to help you find an approved provider and access funding to help cover child care costs. Even better, if you have a relative that can assist in providing care, they may be eligible for compensation.

New Applicants

Eligibility Hotline:

  • Applicant must be a resident of Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, or Presidio County
  • Each parent and step-parent, living in the household, must be working, attending school, in training/other educational program, or a combination of these, at least an average of 25 hours a week over a review period or actively looking for employment. Household members include those that 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.
  • Job Search Child Care: If a parent or step-parent meets eligibility criteria averaging 25 hours per week of work, school, or training hours, early-learning child care tuition scholarships are available for a limited time to support you while searching for employment. For child care to continue, employment must be found within 90 days of child care starting. Parents may self-attest their need for job search child care to actively seek employment and that their family income is below 85 percent of the state median income if it applies. If after 3 months of job search child care, documented employment eligibility hours are not met, child care will end.
  • Meet income guidelines based on gross household income (before taxes) and family size. Types of other household 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 who owe recoupment, anywhere in Texas, are not eligible to enroll or continue services until the recoupment has been paid in full.
    • Applicant must be at an income threshold of 85% of the state median income for your family size
Family Size Max Monthly Income Allowed
(85% State Median Income)
2 $4,550
3 $5,621
4 $6,691
5 $7,762
6 $8,833
7 $9,033
8 $9,234
9 $9,435
10 $9,636

Please note, the wait list period may last anywhere from 6 to 12 months, and occasionally exceed 12 months.

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Family Share of Cost

Parent/Family share of cost is a sliding scale based on family income, the number of people in the household and the number of children in care. If all children in the family attend a Texas Rising Star provider, the family is eligible for a reduction. A family’s share of cost cannot be waived.

Share of Cost Methodology

If you’ve been accepted and are currently enrolled in our Child Care Assistance Program, please utilize the forms below to report changes or make a request.

If you don’t meet the initial eligibility requirements, we have a variety of other resources and organizations that may be a better fit for your current family circumstances.

View the State of Texas Child Care Provider Directory

Search by zip code, transportation, age of children served, and type of care (overnight, after school, etc.).

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Access the Child Care Resource Library

We offer a carefully curated collection of helpful links to organizations centered primarily on early childhood development and education.

View Resource Library
Register Your Relative as a Provider

If you are a parent eligible to receive subsidized child care assistance, you may select a relative as your choice for a child care provider

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be a relative by blood, marriage, or court order (great-grandparent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or sibling, not residing in the same home)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Provide care and supervision for up to three unrelated children
  • Provide care at least four hours a day, three or more days a week, for three or more consecutive weeks; or four hours a day for 40 or more days in a 12-month period
  • Provide care in the primary caregiver’s home
  • Meet state minimum standards
  • Are not routinely inspected unless a complaint is received regarding a possible violation of the minimum standards

1. Do I meet the Qualification for the Scholarship?

The first step to see if you are qualified is to do our pre-screen application. The questions are design to see if you meet the minimum qualifications. If you do meet the minimum qualifications, then we will be contacted by our staff within 5 days through e-mail and you will be sent an application requesting the required supportive documents. Upon return of the required documentations, our staff complete the application and determine if your child fully qualify for the scholarship.

2. How long does the Waitlist last?

The Waitlist can last 3-4 month and up to 1 year, depending on funding.

3. Can I waive the waitlist?

The waitlist can be waived if you fall under our Priority Category and funding is available, which is:

  • U.S. Veterans
  • Children of Foster Youth
  • Children experiencing Homelessness
  • Parents on military deployment who are unable to enroll their children in a military-funded child care assistance program
  • Teen Parents
  • Children with disabilities

4. What documents are required for the Application Process?

You can download required documents in the Required Documents section of this page.

5. How can I reduce the price of my daycare cost?

Applying for our scholarship can reduce the price of daycare initially. You can further reduce cost by picking a child care that is part of the Texas Rising Star program.

6. How long will it take to receive the scholarship for my child?

It can take up to 20 days, but it often depends if the required supportive documents are returned back quickly.

7. Can you help me select a day care?

Yes, we can help you locate day care providers by doing a search here, or our staff can assist you throughout the application process

8. How can I check my status?

You can check you status by contacting our customer services at 915-500-7665

Begin the Process

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CareForce In Action
Families Served
11,800 Children Served
Children Served
$50.93M Invested in Childcare Scholarships
Invested in Childcare Scholarships
6,326 Parents Served
Parents Served