Funding for child care assistance announced

On Monday, March 14, 2011, Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Board, and Child Care Services (CCS) announce the availability of child care assistance to help qualifying families pay their child care expenses so they can work, go to school, or attend a training program. Customers receiving child care assistance must meet federal, state and local guidelines and must be able to answer “yes” to the following statements in order to qualify for child care assistance.• Do you live in one of the following counties: Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Kent, Knox, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor or Throckmorton? • Do all of the adults in your household do at least one of the following: — Work at least 25 hours per week; — Go to school full-time; — Work and go to school combined for at least 25 hours per week; • Does your family meet the CCS income guidelines?Eligible children must be between the ages 0-13 years.Child Care OptionsFamilies who are determined eligible for child care assistance may choose from a wide variety of child care arrangements for their children. The Child Care Services (CCS) has contracts with licensed child care centers, licensed child care homes and registered child care homes to provide care. In addition, families may choose to have an eligible relative care for their child.Application ProcessIf you believe you may be eligible for child care assistance, you will need to complete an application form, collect some verifying information and submit it to the Child Care Services (CCS) office located at CCS, 400 Oak St., Suite 317, Abilene, TX 79602 or visit their website at and go to “Child Care” heading.Questions regarding this child care assistance may be directed to the Child Care Services office at 325-795-4283, or 1-800-542-4045. The Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Board is one of 28 boards in the state charged with oversight and policy-making responsibility for workforce and training programs in a nineteen county region. Additional information on the Board's economic development efforts or services for business customers may be obtained by calling the Workforce Board at (325) 795-4200 or by visiting the website at