Workforce Solutions Panhandle uses local, state and federal funds to help low to moderate-income families pay for child care so they can work, attend school or training. Families must meet federal and state guidelines in order to qualify for child care assistance.
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General Eligibility Overview
Eligibility criteria to receive Child Care Services (CCS) include:
Must be Employed/Participate in an Educational Program and/or Job Training
Each parent or guardian, living in the household, are required to participate in a combination of training, education or employment activities for an average of 25 hours per week for a single-parent family, or an average of 50 combined hours per week for a two-parent family.
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.
Need More Participation Hours to Meet Eligibility?
We offer FREE on-line training that can help to meet your participation hours.
Metrix offers more than 5,000 on-line courses and also includes more than 100 certifications.
The on-line courses may be accessed through one of the following:
- The Metrix portal at https://tx.metrixlearning.com
- MyTxCareer at www.mytxcareer.com
- WIT at www.workintexas.com
Instructions related to Metrix courses may be found at the Skills Enhancement Initiative website at:https://www.twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/skillsenhancementtools
Our office will need a print-out or screenshot from Metrix listing your name and your course participation, when you are submitting your documentation for eligibility.
***You are required to notify our office within 14 days of cessation, when using Metrix to meet participation hours, as well as any training or education activities.
Failure to report any permanent cessation of participation might result in fact finding for suspected fraud.
Meet Income Guidelines (See Below)
Meet income guidelines based on gross household income (before taxes) and family size.
Include any other type of income, such as:
- 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, and
- alimony, court settlements, or judgments.
Have Primary Custody of Children
The parent/guardian applying for services must have primary custody of the child(ren) needing services. If the applicant is in loco parentis; not the natural parent, adoptive parent, stepparent or legal guardian, the in loco parentis applicant will need to include additional documentation. The required documentation varies by situation and specific requirements can be found on our In Loco Parentis Matrix page.
Live in Texas Panhandle Region
Families must live within these counties: Dallam, Sherman, Hansford, Ochiltree, Lipscomb, Hartley, Moore, Hutchinson, Roberts, Hemphill, Oldham, Potter, Carson, Gray, Wheeler, Deaf Smith, Randall, Armstrong, Donley, Collingsworth, Parmer, Castro, Swisher, Briscoe, Hall, or Childress.
Cannot Owe Recoupment
Families who owe recoupment for a fraud determination anywhere in Texas, are not eligible to enroll or continue services until the recoupment has been paid in full.
Income Eligibility Requirements
Family Monthly Income Guidelines
Income Eligibility Guidelines – 10/01/2020 – 9/30/2021
|Family Size||85% SMI Monthly Income Range Gross Amount|
Income Limits By Pay Frequency
On the chart below, find your household size and then your pay frequency. If your gross pay exceeds what is shown on the chart, you must immediately report the change to your Child Care Services office so a review of your case can be completed.
Parents who qualify for CCS will be asked to select the provider of their choice who best meets the needs of their family on a space-available basis.