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Emergency childcare assistance offered in area

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The Texas Workforce Commission has authorized Workforce Solutions Alamo to implement emergency childcare assistance for essential workers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order on the pandemic relating to the continuity of essential services and activities statewide while the outbreak is being addressed. The order lists dependent care services in support of workers in other essential jobs as critical.

In accordance with the commission’s authorization, Workforce Solutions Alamo, the workforce development agency in the 13-county Alamo region that includes Bandera County, opened a revamped intake for COVID-19 Essential Worker Childcare on Wednesday, April 8.

To help allocate funding that is available to support subsidized childcare, the following prioritization is being considered:

• Workers in childcare services in support of workers in other essential functions,

• Pharmacy and healthcare workers,

• First responders,

• Critical infrastructure workers in grocery, utilities and trucking,

• Other identified infrastructure workers, which include critical state and local government staff, mail and delivery services, nursing homes, home health care, banks, gas stations, military and restaurants.

Individuals seeking COVID-19 Essential Worker Childcare assistance may apply at www.workforcesolutionsalamo.org/childcare-services.

Individuals needing more information may contact WSA Childcare Services by calling 210-230-6300. Childcare Services may also be contacted via email at ccs@wsalamo.org, ccs.intake@wsalamo.org or ccs.recert@wsalamo.org.

In addition, the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Kerrville has decided to provide childcare services to essential workers in the area who are unable to work at home beginning on Monday, April 20.

The service will be available for children between 5-12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. The service will cost $100 per child.

Those interested are asked to register their child by Wednesday, April 15. The club is at 201 Holdsworth Dr. in Kerrville. Only 60 slots for youngsters will be made available, officials said.

To register or receive more information, please contact Director Deanna Blevins at deanna.blevins@uss.salvationarmy.org or Assistant Director Elaina Beard at elaina.beard@uss.salvationarmy.org.