Working family finances: How to secure childcare for a year but time is running out

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – There is a way to cover childcare for a year, but parents don’t have much more time to apply.


During the pandemic, Texas has allocated millions to help parents with childcare. Jennifer Lopez is one of those affected who was threatened with eviction a few weeks ago.

Her life changed when she received a childcare grant.

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” Lopez said. “I am very happy that I was able to take this step and I was able to take a step forward and step on my gas and I will do that for my family.”

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Lopez got a job at a dental store. While she works, her son goes to daycare, which was made possible by the childcare grant.

“There’s a feeling that he’s safe there,” Lopez explained. “I can go to work and take care of my family as best I can.”

The video shown above is from a previous report.

The state is currently offering a Hospitality Child Care grant. If approved, parents will receive support for one year.

“It’s very rare that we’ll cover 100 percent of your childcare costs,” said Workforce Solutions spokeswoman Michelle Castrow.

To qualify, parents must work in the hospitality industry. Children must be 12 years and under. There is also an income requirement which is approximately $64,000 for a family of four.


Parents had months to apply. That ends Tuesday. More than $500 million has been allocated to the program. It should help 55,000 children. Only 14,000 have enrolled so far, or 25 percent of those expected.

State leaders said if the money isn’t used, it will be diverted to other childcare programs.

Hospitality workers have been targeted because they have been badly affected during the pandemic. Recent studies show that Texas loses $1.8 billion in tax revenue when parents don’t work to care for children.

“We all depend on each other,” Castrow said. “Our purchasing power supports all of our neighbors and all amenities throughout the city.” A program that can help people get back to work and give parents peace of mind about where their children are. “He comes home and it’s like, wait, stay awake! He gets tired, but you know they have him very active and he’s growing,” Lopez said. “He’s doing very well in day care.”

In addition to applying online, you can also call the ABC 13 hotline at 713-243-6663 and ask about the scholarship.

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