Information for Providers

How do I become a Child Care Services (CCS) provider?

Benefits of Becoming a CCS Provider

With your help, we can ensure qualifying children and families have access to childcare at an affordable cost. You will have the opportunity to strengthen families and your community by partnering with Workforce Solutions Alamo to provide child care to working families.  Once qualified, CCS children receive care by giving parents the option of choosing YOU as their Child Care Provider.

Once a CCS Provider

  • You will be assigned a designated staff member to work with.
  • You will be paid at the Board Maximum Reimbursement Rate or your Published Rate, whichever is lower.
  • You can apply to become a Texas Rising Star (TRS) provider and earn even higher reimbursement rates.
  • As a regular provider you will be paid 9 holidays per year. TRS Providers are paid 12 holidays per year.
  • Nationally Accredited? Some National Accreditations allow you to become TRS certified at the highest level immediately after submitting a TRS application.
  • You can grow your business!  Expansion grants are available to eligible providers.
  • You can increase diversity by serving more children from your community.
  • Mentors are available to providers interested in the Texas Rising Star (TRS) certification.

 

Resources

Workforce Solutions Alamo often offers some resources that can assist a Provider and its staff in reaching their highest professional potential.  Some resources may include, based upon availability:

  • T.E.A.C.H. scholarship fee assistance
  • Funding for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™
  • Free or cost-effective training opportunities for you and your staff
  • Stipends, Grants and/or Scholarships
  • Material purchases

 

Potential CCS providers must:

  • Have a current license from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) as a child care center, licensed child care home or a registered child care home or Operated and monitored by the United States Military Services. If you do not have a valid license; please contact Child Care Licensing at 210-337-3399.
  • Not have an outstanding balance owed to the CCS Program.
  • Not be debarred from any other State or Federal Programs.

 

Sign-Up Process

Fill out the Provider Packet online at https://www.cognitoforms.com/WorkforceSolutionsAlamo1/ProviderPacket or contact CCS to be sent a paper packet.  The forms in the Provider Packet must be completed with the name that shows on your license or registration.

The required documents are listed below:

  • A copy of your Federal Employer Identification number (EIN) from the IRS or Social Security card if you do not have an EIN
  • A copy of your current Texas driver’s license (for Licensed and Registered Child Care Homes)
  • A Parent Handbook that relates to your services
  • A signed bank statement
  • W9 Form

 

Return documents by postal mail, email, in person or fax:

Child Care Services (Attn: Cherri Smith), 1499 Hillcrest, Suite 103

San Antonio, TX  78228

Fax (210) 277-2718

csmith@wsalamo.org

Once the provider packet and documents have been received; a review process will be initiated.  If anything is needed; you will be contacted.  You may view a copy of the Provider Regulated handbook here.

Rates

  • Infant – 0 to 17 months
  • Toddler – 18 to 35 months
  • Preschool – 36 to 71 months
  • School-age – 72 months until the child’s 13th birthday

Current Maximum Reimbursement Daily Rates.

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Texas Rising Star

Overview

TRS Provider certification is a process for improving the quality of child care services provided in Texas. A TRS Provider is a child care provider that has an agreement with Child Care Services (CCS) to serve Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) subsidized children and that voluntarily meets requirements that exceed the State’s Minimum Licensing Standards for child care facilities. The TRS certification system provides graduated levels of certification as providers meet progressively higher certification requirements. Certification as a TRS Provider is available to Licensed Center, Licensed Child Care Home, and Registered Child Care Home providers who meet the certification criteria. The process improves the quality of child care provided, not only to TWC subsidized children, but to all children enrolled in certified facilities. TRS certified providers are eligible for an enhanced reimbursement rate.

Click here for TRS Guidelines.

Quality Partnership Initiative

The Quality Partnership Initiative is designed to increase the number of and access to high-quality early education and school-age care in the Alamo region.  We focus on child care program support through quality mentoring, training, and education in order to help your program reach its goal of achieving and maintaining Texas Rising Star Certification.  The benefits of our program include one-on-one mentoring, technical assistance, priority for professional development opportunities, as well as financial incentives.  To get started on a path of continuous quality improvement, please click on the links for the provider letter and mentoring application.

Submit Online Interest Form

Guidelines to Receive Mentoring

Mentoring Application

Please call 210-582-1554 or email trs_mentors@wsalamo.org if you’re interested in becoming a TRS provider in the Alamo region.

Training Opportunities & Resources

  • Go to the ReadyKidSA website www.readykidsa.com Click “Provider Resources”, then click on “Professional Development Calendar”.
  • Go to the Family Service Association’s website at www.Family-Service.org. Click on “Our Services”, then “Child Care Resource & Referral”, then “Providers”.
  • Go to the San Antonio Association for the Education of Young Children at saaeyc.wordpress.com. Click on Calendar.
  • Go to the Family & Consumer Science section of the Texas Cooperative Extension’s website at fcs.tamu.edu. You may also contact the Extension agent at (210) 467-6575 for Bexar County, (830) 257-6568 for Kerr, Kendall, Gillespie, Bandera & Medina Counties. Call (512) 393-2120 for Guadalupe & Wilson counties.
  • Go to the Southern Early Childhood Association’s website at www.southernearlychildhood.org
  • Go to the National Association for Regulatory Administration’s website at www.naralicensing.org.
  • Go to the National Child Care Association’s website at www.nccanet.org or call 1-800-543-7161.
  • Go to the National Association for Family Child Care’s (NAFCC) website at www.nafcc.org
  • Go to the Texas Licensed Child Care Association’s website at www.tlcca.org.
  • Go to the Council for Professional Recognition’s website at www.cdacouncil.org
  • Go to Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System- TECECDS (tecpds.org) for the Texas Trainer Registry, which is a database of qualified trainers all across Texas in the early childhood field.
  • Go to Texas Agrilife Extension website at extensiononline.tamu.edu
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