26 March 2020 – Governor announces extension of child care capacity for front line workers

Type of Intervention: New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Civil Defence, Supply Chains
Level of Jurisdiction: TX
Lead People/Agency: Governor Greg Abbott

Overview: Governor Greg Abbott waived certain Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) regulations to preserve and extend child care capacity for front line workers. These waivers will allow TWC the flexibility to respond to child care needs, and are part of the Governor’s work through the Supply Chain Strike Force to strengthen child care infrastructure for critical workers during the COVID-19 response. These waivers ensure that families using child care subsidized through TWC will not lose their slots during this interim period while the state battles COVID-19, and it secures payment to child care providers throughout this time.
Full details here: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-new-processes-to-preserve-and-extend-child-care-capacity-for-front-line-workers

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Evidence/Justification: “Through these waivers, TWC will be able to better respond to the child care needs of our front line workers in Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “We remain committed to working with TWC and other state entities to ensure Texans serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 response have the support they need.”