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Child Care (Parents) [ open all ]

  • Workforce Solutions CCS assists qualified low to moderate income families with the tuition cost of child care.
  • There are five basic qualifications.  They are:

    1. be working and/or in school for a minimum of 25 hours per week,
    2. be within the income guidelines,
    3. reside with the nine counties served by the Rural Capital Workforce Board area,
    4. provide all required documentation and agree to the participation requirements of the program, and
    5. participate with the Office of the Attorney General, if applicable, for the establishment of paternity and the establishment/collection of child support.
  • The gross earned income is used in the determination of income, as well as all other sources of income with few exceptions.
  • Parents are assessed a portion of the tuition cost of the child care based upon the total gross monthly income and the number of children receiving care.  The parent share of the child care must be paid to the child care provider on the 1st of each month.  Failure for non-payment of the parent cost of care may result in the ending of the child care tuition assistance.
  • Parents receive a listing of child care providers who have a Memorandum of Understanding with Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area CCS.  Parents are given a checklist and encouraged to visit the child care facilities before making this very important decision.
  • Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area CCS maintains a waitlist for services.  An application for services must be submitted for pre-screening with the basic requirements met based on the information provided on the application.  Applicants are informed of the status of their application and are required to maintain current contact information. Applicants are served on a first in, first served basis.

Child Care (Providers) [ open all ]

  • Workforce Solutions CCS assists qualified low to moderate income families with the tuition cost of child care.  CCS also provides technical assistance in early child care and education and trainings to child care providers who participate with the CCS through a Memorandum of Understanding. 
  • Child care providers must be licensed or registered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and be in good standing with the department.  Qualified child care relative providers must be listed with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services if care is to be provided in the relative’s home.  Qualified child care relative providers must not be listed on the Texas Sex Offender Registry.
  • Upon receipt of a correct invoice, child care providers are generally paid within 7 – 10 days.  Licensed and registered child care providers have the option to submit an invoice twice a month or one time a month for the services rendered.  Relative child care providers may submit an invoice only once a month after services have been rendered.
  • All providers will receive their payment via direct deposit into their bank account.
  • Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area CCS provides regular trainings on a range of early child care and education subjects.  The training opportunities are mailed to child care providers in the Rural Capital service delivery area with information on how to register for the trainings.  The number of participants from one facility is limited in order to provide the trainings to a number of child care facilities.
  • Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area CCS is available to assist participating child care providers with observation of classroom arrangement, transition times, interactions with children and teachers, etc. in order to offer suggestions on modifications that allow the child(ren) to have a more positive experience in the child care setting.
  • Texas Rising Star is a voluntary program where licensed or registered child care providers, participating with the CCS program, maintain higher standards, such as training hours, lower staff/child ratio, monitoring visits, etc., than what is demanded in minimum standards.  Texas Rising Star providers receive recognition of their certification as a Texas Rising Star provider and may receive a higher reimbursement rate and additional paid holidays.  

Jobs and Careers [ open all ]

  • The federal minimum wage is currently $6.55 per hour.  This will go to $7.25 per hour beginning July 24, 2009.
  • Seek work that truly interests you, utilizes your talents and coincides with your values. In his book “What Color Is Your Parachute?”, Richard Bolles writes, “The secret of finding your dream job is to first of all find You.” Take time initially to explore occupations that match your preferences. The Interest Inventory and Work Importance Locator assessments found in OSCAR at www.ioscar.org provide a list of occupations that match your interests and values. Research the occupations that sound appealing, talk to people in those fields and find ways to pursue work that will be truly satisfying.
  • Be prepared to briefly discuss what happened in a truthful but non-damaging manner. Many people make the mistake of going into too many details or criticizing the employer for what happened. Provide positive information and draw attention to information that lets the employer know you will do well in the future. Some people mention what they learned from the experience.
  • Most job descriptions don’t mention sending a cover letter; however, you may receive bonus points for taking time to write a customized business letter that highlights specific qualifications for the position you seek. Reinforce your fit for the job rather than outline a general summary of your career. If you are emailing your resume, provide information in the body of an email rather than send a separate attachment for a cover letter.
  • WorkInTexas.com has postings for state agencies and other pubic and private companies. This site provides job matches and options for filling out a state application and online resume for employers to view. Other popular job-search sites are monster.com, careerbuilder.com and indeed.com.
  • Target companies that hire people of all ages and who appreciate the advantages of hiring more experienced employees. In your resume, highlight information that matches the job rather than add details that draw attention to age. Omit school graduation and employment dates that are several decades old. Be prepared in job interviews to discuss how you are well-qualified, not over-qualified.
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