Work Force
Child Care



Applying for Services

Subsidized childcare services are provided to low-income families who participate in employment, training, or educational activities.  This program is used to build the future workforce by supporting the growth and development of children ages 0-13, preventing abuse and neglect, and promoting health and safety.

Parents may qualify for services if they meet the following criteria:

  • Live in Jim Hogg, Webb or Zapata counties
  • Need childcare services for a child between the ages of 0-13
  • Work, train or go to school at least 25 hours per week
  • Have a maximum gross income not to exceed 85% SMI.  Click the Monthly Income Scale and Parent Share of Cost Sliding Fee Scale below to view income limits.

       Monthly Income Scale and Parent Share of Cost Sliding Fee Scale (Effective 10/01/19 - 9/30/20)

Priority of service is available for certain groups. All other eligible applicants receive child care assistance on a first-come first-served basis. Due to funding limitations we maintain a waiting list.  If your children are waitlisted, please call every 30 days to remain waitlisted.

If you think you might be eligible to receive services, call the CCS office at (956) 794-1500 or stop by 2389 E. Saunders, Laredo, Texas.   

Child Care Provider Options

Parents are responsible for the selection of child care providers.  Options include:  

  • CCS Contracted Providers - CCS has signed agreements with over 100 licensed providers within Jim Hogg, Webb and Zapata counties. To view a list, click here
  • COVID19 - Frontline Child Care Centers Open for Essential Workers - April/May 2020
  • Non-CCS Contracted Providers; or    
  • Relative Care Providers - family members that may be eligible to provide care must be be at least 18 years old, be the child’s grandparent, great grandparent, aunt/uncle, or sibling and must meet the requirements of DFPS for becoming a LISTED FAMILY HOME.

Child Care Automated Attendance System

The Child Care Automated Attendance System (CCAA) is an attendance reporting program implemented by the Texas Workforce Commission accross the state of Texas.

As a parent recieving child care services, you are required to record attendance daily by using a card that will be issued to you at no cost upon enrollment in program.  Failure to record attandance daily will result in absences that may affect the eligibility of your child.

Effective August 1, 2019, fees for replacing CCAA swipe cards will be applicable to all cardholders as follows:  

  •  First card replacement - free of charge
  •  Second card replacement - $25.00
  •  Third card replacement - $50.00
  •  Additional card replacement - $50.00
It is your responsibility to protect your CCAA swipe card to prevent misuse.  Please keep your CCAA swipe card with you at all times.


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