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Child Care Expansion


The Child Care Provider 

Expansion Initiative

✔️ Technical Assistance for the Child Care Provider Expansion Initiative is offered free of charge by the Texas Workforce Commission. Watch our video to learn more about the supports that are available to you. 

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: Child Care Expansion Initiative

Texas Workforce Commission has launched a new initiative to build the supply of high-quality child care across Texas! The initiative provides support to child care businesses creating new child care capacity after the licensing eligibility cutoff date for Child Care Relief Funding (which was February 28, 2022), specifically to offset costs incurred during launch and the first few months of operation.

Child Care Expansion Initiative Application

Additional Resources

Upcoming Expansion Technical Assistance Sessions:

10/3 12:30pm CST  CCPEI Pre-Application Webinar #2 (English) Register in advance here.

10/3 6:00pm CST CCPEI Pre-Application Webinar #2 (Spanish) Register in advance here.

Go to Complete Live Webinar Calendar

Eligibility and Funding

Both home-based and center-based child care businesses are eligible to apply for funding if they plan to expand the capacity of their existing child care business or open a new child care business, on or after March 1, 2022, and will meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Located within a pre-defined child care desert (determined by location zip code);
  • Operating in a documented partnership with an employer or consortium of employers to provide care for their employees’ children; and/or
  • Increasing capacity for, or ability to serve, more infants (0-17 months). *conversion of existing child care slots to infant slots is allowable.

Two types of awards are available. Start-up awards are for child care businesses that have not yet received their new or modified child care license and Initial Operating awards are available after the new or modified child care license has been received.

Start-up Awards (Child Care Deserts and Employer Partnerships)

Type of Program

Increased Capacity   (new slots only)


Licensed Center

101 or more










Licensed Home

Up to 12


Registered Home

Up to 4


Start-Up Awards (Infant Care)

$2,000 / new infant slot*

*Start-Up Awards for Infant Care can be combined with the Start-up Award amounts shown above, if expanding in a child care desert or with an employer partnership

Initial Operating Award
Child Care Desert and Employer Site-Based Initial Operating Awards New Provider capacity x Market Rate Survey 75th Percentile Average Daily Market Rate for All Ages x 3 months (63 days)
Child Care Infant Initial Operating Award New Infant Capacity x Market Rate Survey 75th Percentile Average Market Daily Rate for Infants x 3 months (63 days)


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