CHILD CARE PROGRAM OPERATIONS

Child Care Services (CCS) is a program managed by Child Care Associates through a contract with the Workforce Development Board in Abilene, TX. CCS provides subsidized child care to families in a 19-county area that includes Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Kent, Knox, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor and Throckmorton counties.

Parents who are striving to become self-sufficient often need assistance so their children can receive quality child care while they are working or attending school. Most parents who receive CCMS assistance are required to contribute a portion of the child care fees based on a percentage of income.

CCS offers several options for families to choose from when selecting a child care provider to meet your needs:

  • Regulated Self-Arranged Child Care (licensed or registered through DFPS) This includes licensed child care centers, registered child care homes, licensed child care homes and Texas Rising Star providers.
  • Unregulated Self-Arranged Child Care (care provided by an eligible relative) This includes a grandparent or great-grand parent of the eligible child; an aunt or uncle or a sibling of the eligible child if they are 18 years or older and meet all requirements.
  • Texas Rising Star Child Care Providers (regulated child care providers that voluntarily go above and beyond the minimum state licensing standards) They offer enhanced services such as smaller child/staff ratios; defined activities and schedules; directors with credentials; caregivers with specialized training; monitored more frequently; and provide opportunities for parent involvement.

Parents may be eligible to receive child care assistance if they meet one of the following criteria:

If you work, attend school or a training program at least 25 hours per week and are income eligible; Teen parents from income eligible families who need to complete school; Income eligible parents who have children with disabilities.

CCS maintains a Wait List when all available slots are filled. As slots become available eligible parents are contacted.

The CCS office is located at:

400 Oak Street
Suite 317 Abilene
Texas 79602
Phone: 1-800-542-4045
Fax: 325-795-4369
www.workforcesystem.org