The Texas Workforce Commission is now providing extra help to the service industry. TWC is providing 12 months of free child care to low-income parents who are also employees in this industry. TWC has an existing child care subsidy program to assist low-wage workers in paying for the cost of child care. The new Service Industry Recovery program will use federal funds to provide an extra focus on service industry workers.
TWC’s child care assistance program provides an important subsidy many Texas families use to enter the workforce” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “This Service Industry Recovery program provides additional funding to ensure service industry employers maintain access to quality child care as they play an important role in the state’s economic success.”
The industries of target include low-wage workers in the arts, entertainment and recreation industry. It also includes accommodations, food services and retail trade. These industries were some of the greatest feeling the pandemic’s impact.
Helping Families And The Economy
“For many Texans, lack of access to affordable, quality child care is sometimes the biggest roadblock to getting a job,” said Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Workers should not have to choose between their families and their jobs. They need and want to do both, and this program helps them do that.”
TWC is targeting aspects of the service sector with SIR child care. Yet, all income-eligible families continue to have access to TWC’s regular low-income child care subsidy program. This new SIR program provide for an initial 12 months of eligibility. Continued eligibility following this time period will be conditioned on families applying for the program. They must also meet the regular child care eligibility requirements.
“Service industries are crucial to our state’s economy,” said Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “Assisting with getting our Texans back to work helps our Texas employers bounce back, which means a stronger recovery for all of Texas.”