A-100: Essential Definitions

Attending a job training or educational program—An individual is considered to be attending a job training or educational program if the individual:

  • Is considered by the program to be officially enrolled
  • Meets all attendance requirements established by the program
  • Is making progress toward successful completion of the program as determined by the Workforce Development Board (Board)  at time of eligibility redetermination as described in D-1000 of this guide

Child—An individual who meets the general eligibility requirements contained in this guide for receiving child care services.

Child care contractor—The entity or entities under contract with the Board to manage child care services.  This includes contractors involved in determining eligibility for child care services, contractors involved in the billing and reimbursement process related to child care subsidies, and contractors involved in the funding of quality improvement activities.

Child care services—Child care subsidies and quality improvement activities funded by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). 

Child care subsidies—TWC-funded child care reimbursements to an eligible child care provider for the direct care of an eligible child.

Child experiencing homelessness—A child who is homeless, as defined in the McKinney-Vento Act (42 U.S.C. 11434(a)), Subtitle VII-B, §725: “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.”

Child with disabilities—A child who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. Major life activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Caring for oneself
  • Performing manual tasks
  • Walking
  • Hearing
  • Seeing, speaking or breathing
  • Learning
  • Working

Educational program—A program that leads to one of the following:

  • High school diploma
  • GED credential
  • Postsecondary degree from an institution of higher education

Family—Two or more individuals related by blood, marriage, or decree of court, who are living in a single residence and are included in one or more of the following categories:

  • Two individuals, married—including by common-law—and household dependents
  • A parent and household dependents

Household dependent—An individual living in the household who is one of the following:

  • Adult considered as a dependent of the parent for income tax purposes
  • Child of a teen parent
  • Child or other minor living in the household who is the responsibility of the parent

Improper payments—Any payment of Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) grant funds that should not have been made or that was made in an incorrect amount (including overpayments and underpayments) under statutory, contractual, administrative, or other legally applicable requirements governing the administration of CCDF grant funds, including payments:

  • To an ineligible recipient
  • For an ineligible service
  • That are duplicate payments
  • For services not received

Job training program—A program that provides training or instruction leading to one of the following:

  • Basic literacy
  • English proficiency
  • An occupational or professional certification or license
  • Acquisition of technical skills, knowledge and abilities specific to an occupation

Listed family home—A family home, other than the eligible child’s own residence, that is listed, but not licensed or registered with Texas Child Care Licensing (CCL).

Military deployment—The temporary duty assignment away from the permanent military installation or place of residence for reserve components of the single military parent or dual military parents.  This includes deployed parents in the regular military, military reserves or National Guard.

Parent—An individual who is responsible for the care and supervision of a child and is identified as the child’s natural parent, adoptive parent, stepparent, legal guardian, or person standing in loco parentis (as determined in accordance with TWC policies and procedures).  Unless otherwise indicated, the term applies to a single parent or both parents.

Protective services—Services provided in any of the following circumstances:

  • When a child is at risk of abuse or neglect in the immediate or short-term future and the child’s family cannot or will not protect the child without DFPS Child Protective Services intervention
  • When a child is in the managing conservatorship of DFPS and residing with a relative or a foster parent
  • When a child has been provided with protective services by DFPS within the previous six months and requires services to ensure the stability of the family

Provider—A provider is one of the following:

  • Regulated child care provider
  • Relative child care provider
  • Listed family home

Regulated child care provider—A provider caring for an eligible child in a location other than the eligible child’s own residence and is one of the following:

  • Licensed by CCL
  • Registered with CCL
  • Operated and monitored by the United States military services

Relative child care provider—An individual who is at least 18 years of age, and is, by marriage, blood relationship or court decree, one of the following:

  • The child’s grandparent
  • The child’s great-grandparent
  • The child’s aunt
  • The child’s uncle
  • The child’s sibling (if the sibling does not reside in the same household as the eligible child)

Residing with—Unless otherwise stated in this guide, a child is considered to be residing with the parent when the child is living with and physically present with the parent during the time period for which child care services are being requested or received.

Teen parent—An individual 18 years of age or younger, or 19 years of age and attending high school or the equivalent, who has a child.

Texas Rising Star (TRS) program—A voluntary, quality-based rating system of child care providers participating in TWC-subsidized child care.

Texas Rising Star provider—A provider certified as meeting the TRS program standards.  TRS providers are certified as one of the following:

  • 2-Star Program Provider
  • 3-Star Program Provider
  • 4-Star Program Provider

Working—Working is defined as participation in:

  • Activities for which one receives monetary compensation such as a salary, wages, tips and commissions
  • Job search activities
  • Choices or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training activities

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Part A - Definitions

Part H - Consumer Education and Child Care Quality Activities

Part J - Appendix