To help our child care businesses recover from the Pandemic, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is launching a Child Care Relief Fund and providing FREE business coaching starting June 1, 2021. Relief funds are available for child care providers that:
- Are a licensed or registered child care center or home;
- Open and operating in Texas as of May 1, 2021; it is alright if you were temporarily closed during the period between two successive academic years or terms and will reopen by the start of the 2021-22 school year, or had temporary closures due to COVID-19; and
- Don’t have a corrective or adverse action with Texas Health and Human Services Commission Child Care Regulation.
TWC will also provide FREE business coaching all year, including assistance with applying for the Child Care Relief Funds. You can also view a recorded webinar about applying for the Child Care Relief Fund for step-by-step guidance on preparing, applying, and receiving Relief Funds.
TWC will also be hosting multiple webinars/conference calls on how to Apply for the Texas Child Care Relief Fund in English and Spanish between now and July 10. You can find the webinar schedule here.
Update your Texas Child Care Availability Portal Profile
Please be sure to create and regularly update the profile for your child care program on the Texas Child Care Availability Portal. Austin Public Health and other partners refer clients and community members looking for child care to the portal, so be sure that your program’s profile is up to date. The state recently updated the portal to make it more user friendly for parents searching for child care and added a feature that allows a parent or provider to share a provider’s profile through a unique URL.
For step-by-step instructions on how to update your profile, please use the following links:
- English: Updating Availability for Your Child Care Facility
- Spanish: Actualización de la Disponibilidad para su Centro de Cuidado Infantil
Safe Cleaning, Sanitizing, & Disinfecting Resources & Information
Información & recursos relacionado con la limpieza, la asepsia & la desinfección
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has a new training on Safe Cleaning for COVID-19: A Child Care Homes Guide to Safe Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting. The training is geared toward family child care providers but is open to any and all child care providers. It is available at https://ext.ag/CLEAN19. The training is free for child care providers in Texas by using the coupon code CLEAN19.
El Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Estado de Texas (DSHS por sus siglas en inglés) está ofreciendo un curso de capacitación en línea que se llama "Cómo limpiar para evitar el COVID-19: Una guía para la limpieza, la asepsia y la desinfección de las guarderías caseras de manera segura.” El curso estará disponible en español a partir del 15 de junio en https://ext.ag/LIMPIA19. Los proveedores de cuidado infantil en Texas pueden tomar el curso gratis usando el código de cupón LIMPIA19.
DSHS is offering free safe cleaning toolkits for family child care providers. The toolkits include microfiber cloths, magnets with poison control center numbers, safety factsheets, bleach labels, and other materials. Family child care owners can sign up to be mailed a free toolkit on our website at https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/safe-cleaning/.
DSHS ofrece un juego de herramientas de desinfección segura para hogares de cuidado infantil. El juego de herramientas incluye etiquetas para las botellas con dilución de blanqueador, lista de comprobación de la rutina de limpieza y desinfección con blanqueador reutilizable, imán con el número telefónico de servicios de Control de Intoxicaciones, paños de microfibra y otros materiales educativos. Los propietarios de cuidado infantil familiar pueden inscribirse para recibir por correo un juego de herramientas gratuito en https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/safe-cleaning/. Haga clic en el botón azul que dice “Sign up for a safe disinfecting toolkit” y puede seleccionar Spanish si prefiere recibir los materiales en español.
The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently authorized for those aged 18 and up. The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for those aged 12 and up. There are currently multiple walk-up and drive-thru locations that do not require appointments.
Do you have 5 or more people who want to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
The State Mobile Vaccine Program was recently expanded to include groups of five or more Texans who voluntarily choose to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Texans can call 844-90-TEXAS and select Option 3 to schedule a mobile vaccine clinic to vaccinate groups of friends, families, employees, volunteers, and more. To learn more about the State Mobile Vaccine Program, click here.
For COVID-19 information and updates, visit www.AustinTexas.gov/COVID19.
APH Prevent Disease Signage
Although our community has done an amazing job at implementing mitigation measures, it is still crucial to remind everyone to continue to stay safe and prevent disease. APH recommends that child care programs post one of these Prevent Disease flyers or posters at each entrance and on each restroom door.
As a reminder, if you are in need of health and safety supplies, please complete this form and we will do all we can to try to help meet your supply needs. Please note, this form link remains available for you to fill out any time (not just when you receive email updates from us)!
Thank you for all you do for children and families!