Childcare subsidies are the largest expenditure in the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) budget at nearly $750 million per year. For this investment, TWC supports childcare providers across the state in providing care to over 100,000 children per day. Despite this sizable investment, there is too little public information about how this money is being spent and the quality of childcare programs receiving subsidy funds.
In fact, too many childcare programs receiving subsidy dollars are not quality accredited, yet TWC does not currently set goals regarding participation in the state’s quality childcare program, Texas Rising Star (TRS). Further, there is little alignment between data collected by TWC and the Texas Education Agency (TEA), preventing important information sharing that could make the transition from childcare to early school smoother.
This session, Early Matters Dallas is advocating to (i) increase coordination between TWC and TEA to improve student outcomes and maximize taxpayer dollars, (ii) require TWC to set a vision for high-quality early childhood education, including goals for participation in TRS, and (iii) require TWC to publicly report data already collected by the agency regarding expenditures, TRS participation, capacity for infants and toddlers, and more.
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