There are many things to think about before picking a child care program for your child to participate in. How far away is it from your home and workplace? How much does it cost? Is it a fruitful learning environment for your child? These important questions need answers before choosing a day care center.

If you need help affording consistent child care in Texas, many resources are available for families who meet income qualifications. To improve the chances of a child receiving financial help with daycare, always strive to apply as soon as possible. There are millions of applicants for child care financial assistance each year and resources are limited. Due to very high demand, not every child who meets eligibility requirements will receive help each year. Here are a few ways to receive financial help with child care costs.

Head Start

Head Start is a social program offered in the state of Texas that gives children living in low-income households access to a high quality education and child care. Head Start centers are located throughout the state of Texas for the convenience of its beneficiaries. This program is available to children until five years of age. The Early Head Start program is available for infants and pregnant women to begin the learning process as soon as possible. Although the program may still grant some benefits to the households that fall outside of the income quota, it is mandatory for the Head Start program to enroll no more than 10 percent of applicants whose income is greater than the federal poverty line.

Child Care and Development Block Grants

The United States government has grants available for children attending daycare. The exact benefit amount of the grant is contingent on the income bracket and lifestyle of the child’s parent or guardian. Some applicants may even be eligible to receive free child care. Parents and guardians applying for a child care grant must be employed or training for a job. Since the demand for free or reduced cost child care is so high, the state grants financial assistance to employed applicants who are not able to watch their children at some point in the day because of work. Child care grants are not available to unemployed guardians and parents.

Subsidies and Vouchers

Eligible Texas households can apply for special subsidies and vouchers to use toward child care costs. These subsidies and vouchers are very similar to child care grants, as each function through the state and federal government. The benefit amount is dependent on household income. Although most beneficiaries may have a co-payment, some households will be eligible for temporary child care at no cost. Funding for this type of child care varies each year, so the benefit amount and number of applications accepted may change frequently even if there are no changes to lifestyle or household income.

For more information on how to save money when enrolling a child for daycare, Child Care Information Services (CCIS) is available in Texas and many other states that offer child care subsidies and vouchers. This program provides resources on all financial matters concerning your child’s education including college.