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Child Care Provider Expansion Initiative - June Provider Webinar #2 - Shared screen with speaker view
Mary
13:08
Hello all.
Silvia Pena
13:20
Silvia Pena Easy Learning Preschoolers #2
Gary Romano (he/him)
13:23
Good afternoon!
Priscilla Gregg
13:36
hello
U.S. History, Ms. Bell, 8
13:37
Good afternoon
Maria Angeles Tolle’s iPhone
13:47
HOLA EVERYONE!
Gloria
13:53
Hello Everyone
Maria Angeles Tolle’s iPhone
13:57
Happy to be here
carmen brown
14:02
Good afternoon!!!
Provida Kellar
14:04
Hello
Ivette Alvarado, Borderplex
14:12
Hello from Borderplex, El Paso!
Carla Ransom
14:31
Good afternoon everyone...hello from Killeen TX
Ed Bradley
14:38
Hi everyone - Ed Bradley from Kyle's Bright Beginnings Learning Center in Kyle, TX here.
Kelly
14:39
Has there been any additional updated info since the last zoom call on the 24th?
certeria.crawford
14:42
Hi from Houston
TASHA PEARSON
14:43
hello from killeen
Denise Woodson - WFSCB
14:48
Good afternoon everyone. My name is Denise Woodson and I'm with Workforce Solutions - Coastal Bend.
Linett A. Alfaro
14:50
Hellos South Texas here!!
I'm Just a Kid LLC
14:51
Hi from I'm Just a Kid- Vicki Aguirre Cox (owner) and Ana Cruz (director)
Shannon Allen
14:56
Hello everyone
Gilda Gil
14:56
Hello from El Paso! with PdN Children's
Valerie Ragland
14:57
Hello Everyone
Michelle
15:16
Hello from Grayson Institute for Learning
Maria Angeles Tolle’s iPhone
15:16
Awesome
Laura Marquez
15:20
Hi everyone! Joining from PdN Children's in El Paso.
Georgia Thornton
15:20
Georgia Thornton with Achievers of Excellence Learning Academy - hello!
Sherry Polk caring hands learning ctr
15:22
sherry polk
Cynthia Jackson
15:31
Cynthia ackson/ Jackson Playland
Sherry Polk caring hands learning ctr
15:34
caring hand
Jessica Villarreal, WSA Director of Child Care
15:43
Jessica Villarreal, WSA
Kelly
16:15
Has there been any additional updated info since the last zoom call on the 24th? Wondering if I need to stay on the call since I attended the last one.
Kim Robinson
16:28
Kim Robinson Inspiring little minds Killeen
Zitlali Zamora
16:56
If a child care home provider who has already received CCRF funds wants to expand into a center. Will they be able to, if they are required to remain open until May 2023.
LaToshia DeVose
16:59
Yes, there are a couple of new key updates since the last zoom
LaToshia DeVose
18:12
Great question, Zitlali...
OwnerRosanna Brown
18:29
Rosanna Brown
slee
18:37
can you please provide the website to view this online later.
Rachael kirby
19:00
is this solely for Texas or is this a federal grant for all states?
OwnerRosanna Brown
19:21
Rosanna Brown God's Little Angels Child Care
Gary Romano (he/him)
19:35
https://www.childcare.texas.gov/childcare-expansion
Gary Romano (he/him)
19:45
That’s the website
Gary Romano (he/him)
19:57
Zitlali you can apply if you received a CCRF
Gary Romano (he/him)
20:10
You will need to stay open through the period of the funding.
Sam
21:01
we have approved for CCRF funds for 80 capacity, later we increased it to 90 before this announcement. can we apply for remaining 10 extra capacity added which was added after Mar 1st? If i add more capacity,let say 20more. can i apply for expansion funds for adding total extra 30 after mar 1st? do i need employer MOU for that?
Gary Romano (he/him)
22:01
The current plan is to open for applications in early July.
Gary Romano (he/him)
22:28
Sam yes, you coudl apply for an initial operating grant for the 10 slots
Gary Romano (he/him)
22:43
As you add more slots they may be eligable for startup and initial operating funding.
Zitlali Zamora
23:02
Will providers would have to stay open at their home until May 2023 while they expand to a center using the Expansion Initiative?
Sam
23:28
since I already have license...am I still eligible for startup funds for extra capacity we adding??
Kendra Powe
23:31
so I am currently considering to be a LCCH. I live near 9 elementary schools and 2 middles schools. can I partnership with each school or would I have to go to through the school district. what would be acceptable for the application process.
LaToshia DeVose
23:38
Question: What is considered a large footprint? What size companyAnswer - companies such as those listed in the presentation
Michelle
23:45
Will there be any assistance to provide qualified caregivers/teachers/substitutes like a Sub/teacher pool?
Gary Romano (he/him)
23:52
Sam as long as you meet the other criteria, yes.
Yaya
24:07
I didn’t see the criteria
Yaya
24:12
How can I see it
Yaya
24:22
I have a place, I need the grant
Gary Romano (he/him)
24:27
Michelle unfortunately, there is no subsitute pool that is part of this program.
TASHA PEARSON
24:35
Yeyyy Publix
LaToshia DeVose
24:46
Kendra, you can choose how you want to approach an employer partnership
Gary Romano (he/him)
24:54
Yaya, Kelly is currently reviewing the eligability.
Zitlali Zamora
25:01
Transitioning from a registered to a licensing home requires a change in operation number. Will that affect providers who have received CCRF and are required to stay open until May 2023?
Michelle
25:21
I would love to expand, but finding quality employees is very difficult in our area
Sherry Polk caring hands learning ctr
25:41
have can you proof partnership?
Gary Romano (he/him)
25:44
Zitlali it will not but you will want to alert TWC to the new op number.
Sam
25:46
i thought only new centers are eligible for startup funds...even capacity expanding centers also eligible for startup funds ?
Beverly Eastwood
25:55
What about contracting with school districts?
Rachael kirby
25:55
is this grant just for Texas?
LaToshia DeVose
26:07
Sheery - you will need a written agreement describing the partnership
Gary Romano (he/him)
26:16
Rachel, yes, this is a TX grant
Sherry Polk caring hands learning ctr
26:22
ok thank you
Gary Romano (he/him)
26:35
Beverly, you could contract with a school as an employer for their employees.
LaToshia DeVose
26:53
Sam - that's correct. A start up is considered expanded capacity
slee
26:54
what if we partner with a company but they are not within the area codes that are listed
Gary Romano (he/him)
27:08
Sam- you could get start up for the expansion portion of your capacity if it is not yet licensed
LaToshia DeVose
27:25
Slee - that's fine
Gary Romano (he/him)
27:48
Slee, employer partnerships can be in any place in TX. Only the child care desert eligability is limited to specific zip codes
Rene Galvan
28:01
Is there a business plan template on the website or would that be available through our business coach?
Zitlali Zamora
28:25
When there’s a transition from a registered to licensed home the registered home is considered officially closed hence the new operation number for the licensed home. Will the closing of the registered home who received CCRF be affected, if they are required to stay opened until May 2023?
LaToshia DeVose
29:38
Rene - yes there will be a business plan template posted to https://www.childcare.texas.gov/childcare-expansion
Cynthia Pearson
29:39
But you can have a license already?
Yaya
30:25
I’m waiting to apply because I’m waiting on the grant? Is this the right thing to do?
The Happy Tree CDC
30:55
Where do we apply?
Gary Romano (he/him)
31:00
Yaya the grant application is not yet open.
Kelly
31:13
When will the application and the business plan be posted?
Kendra Powe
31:17
if you are a home daycare can you pay yourself would that be an acceptable expense?
The Happy Tree CDC
31:57
When will the application be open?
Sherry Polk caring hands learning ctr
32:09
do you have to have modified. what if you have the space
Ashley Willis iPhone
32:15
When will the application open?
LaToshia DeVose
32:16
Kendra - yes that is an allowable expense
Tracy Andrus
32:38
When will the application be available?
LaToshia DeVose
32:54
The application and supporting documents will be available in early July
Rene Galvan
33:09
Is this application based on credit score? I know I keep hearing score but is that the application itself or an actual credit score in particular?
The Happy Tree CDC
33:10
Will we receive notice via email
The Happy Tree CDC
34:07
So we are centered based permitted center who is looking to increase infant care so do we qualify
Yaya
34:11
How fast do you need to complete the app once it’s open
Cynthia Pearson
34:16
You mentioned WFS boards, does that mean performance measures for numbers of children served will be increased?
Gary Romano (he/him)
34:18
Rene, your credit score will be considered as part of the overall application review, but it will not be a sole factor in a decision making process.
Sandra Busch
34:24
Are we getting a copy of the presentation?
LaToshia DeVose
35:05
The Happy Tree - yes, if you are increasing your infant capacity that is an eligible project
The Happy Tree CDC
35:12
OK thank you
The Happy Tree CDC
35:21
What is the term New Infant Capacity
Gary Romano (he/him)
35:23
Sandra a recording will be available on the website: https://www.childcare.texas.gov/childcare-expansion
Rene Galvan
35:28
ok thank you
Sandra Busch
35:36
Okay thank you!
Carla Smith
35:40
If you already have infant capacity you haven’t reached, are you eligible to apply for more money to expand that capacity
LaToshia DeVose
35:54
The application will be open on a rolling basis through the end of 2022
Gary Romano (he/him)
35:58
Happy tree that is the new number of infant care slots you have created.
The Happy Tree CDC
36:14
OK thank you
Gary Romano (he/him)
36:14
Carla, unfortuantly not, the funding is for additional slots
Sherry Polk caring hands learning ctr
36:20
that my question as well
Kendra Powe
36:27
I'm quite confused on the funding
Kendra Powe
37:33
so, LCCH up to 12, planning on having 3 spots for infants. and also plan on partnering. so 8k plus 6k( infants spots)
Carla Smith
37:40
How do you get funding for partnering with businesses
The Happy Tree CDC
38:13
For us we get $48.00 per day for an Infant
Carla Smith
38:15
And how much would the funding be
Ed Bradley
38:25
where can I find my local market rate?
Sam
38:56
any new guidelines update on employer MOU ?
Katherine Crenshaw
39:10
I want to expand to include infants. But my capacity probably would not change. Would that still qualify?
Sherry Polk caring hands learning ctr
39:58
this kind of confusing. if you have Capacity.Already do you need license modifile
The Happy Tree CDC
40:07
Total Potential Funding means we get the money AFTER the spots or prior
LaToshia DeVose
40:30
Ed - you can find your local market rate here - https://txicfw.socialwork.utexas.edu/2021-texas-child-care-market-rate-survey/. There will also be a funding calculator posted soon that will display your rate
U.S. History, Ms. Bell, 8
40:37
If I have attended the licensing training before does that mean I'm licensed?
Katherine Crenshaw
41:04
Ok, great. She just answered I could qualify.
Zitlali Zamora
41:06
When there’s a transition from a registered to licensed home the registered home is considered officially closed hence the new operation number for the licensed home. Will the closing of the registered home who received CCRF be affected, if they are required to stay opened until May 2023 and want to apply for the expansion?Same question goes for operations that are wanting to expand from a home to a center who also received CCRF and are required to stay opened until May 2023.
LaToshia DeVose
41:43
Sam - we are still awaiting additional guidelines on partnerships. Once received, it will be reflected in posted resources
The Happy Tree CDC
42:00
So we would get this money after not before
LaToshia DeVose
42:15
Hi Katherine! Yes, that would qualigy
Beverly Eastwood
42:15
Do you have to stay open a certain amount of time after you receive the funds?
Carla Ransom
42:20
so if you are a licensed home and you decide to use more of the slots for infants does this count as increasing capacity for infants?
Gary Romano (he/him)
42:57
Carla, yes, you would need to attest about the change in nubmers and also meet any other requirements for licensing such as ratios.
Gary Romano (he/him)
43:11
Beverly, you need to stay open for the lift of funding.
LaToshia DeVose
43:20
This is a 2 part award. The Start up funding is received before the expansion and the Initial Operating Award is received after the expansion
Melanie Henry
43:36
I'm having my inspection today for licensing not open yet which one would i apply for
Gary Romano (he/him)
44:09
Melanie you would apply for an initial operating grant if it opens after you are licensed.
LaToshia DeVose
44:19
Good luck Melanie!
Sam
44:21
How much many allocated for this program ?
Yaya
44:50
Can this Zoom be rewatched
Melanie Henry
44:55
Thanks
Melanie Henry
45:45
ok Gary Thanks
U.S. History, Ms. Bell, 8
45:48
Can the funds be used to secure leasing a new space?
Melanie Henry
46:07
Thanks LaToshia
Yaya
46:20
Good question Melanie
Admin
46:34
Has a date been set for when application will open?
Maria Angeles Tolle’s iPhone
46:38
If your a Registered Home.. already allowed 12 children….would your only choice be to open up a new building/ business? Or agree to have a partnership with a business…?
Yaya
46:50
Good question I mean US History
Sam
47:01
can funds be used for rent, salaries ?
Jennifer
47:02
Good question. Ms Bell, Can we use it for lease space payments
Jonathan cobb
47:22
I currently have a licensed center, which if any award would I be able to apply for? Also I am looking to open a second center would this qualify me for the start up
Michelle
47:25
We have a portable building on site that we would need to add a bathroom to accommodate more children. Is this something we can use funding for? not structural
Yaya
47:27
How long will this process take because it seems as if the state is taking long with everything
LaToshia DeVose
47:37
Allowable expenses include:Indoor, outdoor, and office equipment and furnishings;Education, classroom, kitchen, and safety materials or supplies;Permitting fees, for example for CCR or as related to inspections;Staffing costs to support operations while ramping up to full or expanded enrollment;Outreach costs associated with recruitment of families and staff; andMinor renovations (construction of new facilities and major renovations are prohibited).
Sam
47:55
do we need to have business MOU before we apply? or can we secure that later ?
LaToshia DeVose
48:04
Funds can be used for salaries; not rent
Silvia Pena
48:25
We are bearly sending off our paperwork for our permit It’s a new daycare for infants and toddlers we’ll we still be able to apply?
The Happy Tree CDC
48:29
Can we get an outline what needs to be in the business plan
Jennifer
49:02
Thank you
Gary Romano (he/him)
49:21
We are bearly sending off our paperwork for our permit It’s a new daycare for infants and toddlers we’ll we still be able to apply? Yes for an initial operating award
The Happy Tree CDC
49:23
I have a strange question is this program including help to get workers
Elaine
49:25
What does "on a rolling basis mean"?
LaToshia DeVose
49:28
Existing licensed centers are eligible if they are expanding for infants, in a child care desert, or with an employer partnership. This is still considered a "startup", it's not only for new locations
The Happy Tree CDC
49:42
we "the childcare providers
The Happy Tree CDC
49:49
are having a hard time finding workers
Gary Romano (he/him)
49:50
Happy tree, funds can be used to recruit and retain workers.
Sandra Busch
49:56
I work with the city so we would have to just relay information right?
The Happy Tree CDC
49:57
ok thank you
The Happy Tree CDC
50:24
Can we use the funds for our existing employees
Gary Romano (he/him)
50:26
Elaine a rolling basis means that they will be reviewed as they come in and as quickly as possible.
The Happy Tree CDC
50:38
what's the min credit score
Elaine
50:41
Ok Thank you
Sandra Busch
50:41
It doesn't sound like we could apply for it and give it away to an opening businesss
LaToshia DeVose
50:49
Elaine, a rolling basis means the application remains open and applications will continue to be accepted through the end of the year
Cynthia Pearson
50:51
License is required but the provider doesn't have to be a CCS or TRS provider?
Michelle
51:02
we will need to add a bathroom to the existing portable building behind our main building in order to expand . Can this be included in the funding
Gary Romano (he/him)
51:03
Cynthia, that is correct
Cynthia Pearson
51:15
Thank you!
Tracy Andrus
52:03
If a person has bad credit, will that prevent them from being awarded funds?
Terri Tedford
52:44
Would staff retained using these funds need to be working with the infants or, can they be placed with any age group?
Adetomi
53:31
Can one get the recorded meeting the end of the meeting?
Gary Romano (he/him)
53:41
Terri the staff costs should be related to the expansion effort.
LaToshia DeVose
53:54
Tracy - there will be a credit check and the results considered within the application, but there isn't a specific go/no go based exclusively on credit.
Gary Romano (he/him)
53:58
Yes, there will be a recording posted on https://www.childcare.texas.gov/childcare-expansion
christiezz
54:21
with an employer partnership—what's that mean, is it mean you can have another new partner then can eligible to apply for?
Tracy Andrus
54:45
Thanks Ms. Devose!
LaToshia DeVose
55:04
Providers operating in partnership with an employer will hold an agreement to offer care for the children of their employees as an employee benefit. In order to be considered eligible for funding, providers must be engaged in an active agreement with employer(s) that is documented by a signed agreement.
Ed Bradley
55:07
Can I apply separately for more than one partnership?
LaToshia DeVose
55:27
Ed, funding is per child care license
LaToshia DeVose
55:45
You're welcome, Tracy!
Sam
55:53
does scoring plays any role in terms of approval of funding ?? or disbursement of funds ?
Cynthia Pearson
55:54
Will WFS board areas have increases in child care performance measures? You mentioned WF Boards so I'm wondering the impact there with those performance measures.
LaToshia DeVose
56:58
Sam, there is a scoring cut-off for funding. Scoring criteria will be made available. Applicants who do not score high enough will be given an opportunity for coaching that may increase your score
LaToshia DeVose
57:45
Cynthia, this may be a great question for Kelly
LaToshia DeVose
58:05
But you will need to elaborate
U.S. History, Ms. Bell, 8
58:07
Can someone define "licensed"
Cynthia Pearson
58:08
Who's Kelly?
Gary Romano (he/him)
58:28
Cynthia, as I undertand the question, no.
Admin
58:36
application date?
Gary Romano (he/him)
58:57
it is not yet open, but planned for early July
Admin
59:18
thank you
U.S. History, Ms. Bell, 8
59:42
thank you
Sam
59:46
CCRF has cut off date as May 2023 to use funds...how about these funds ? is there any cut off date?
Gilda Gil
59:47
For how long will the funding be available?
Cynthia Pearson
59:59
Kelly Turner is who you mean, I guess? She's the one that mentioned WF Boards which I know they have performance measures for child care so I wondered if those might increase so that more children can be served. Since CCS is not required it doesn't sound like that will be necessary
reyna
01:00:30
Is there a template or form that we would use to try to develop a partnership with a company?
LaToshia DeVose
01:01:11
Cynthia, yes that's correct.
LaToshia DeVose
01:01:26
No increase in performance measures
ebony stevens
01:01:30
Is there an date of which the application will be put on the website ?
LaRessa Quintana
01:01:30
Is funding only available for facilities that serve infants 0-17 months? Or will it be available for pre-k aged children?
Michelle
01:01:56
We have a portable building on site that we would need to add a bathroom to accommodate more children. Is this something we can use funding for? not structural
LaToshia DeVose
01:02:52
Sam, there will be cut off dates for the funding. They will be confirmed in the application
Carla Ransom
01:03:18
Sounds like they are referring to the orientation meeting
Gary Romano (he/him)
01:03:23
Michelle, You would not. However, you could use it for other costs, such as your salary which would offset other costs in your budget.
Baseem
01:03:26
If you are a new facility that has yet to be licensed (app pending) and are not accepting infants... Do you get new start up funding?? Also, if you want to then accept infants (grow compacity) do you get funding for that as well??
LaToshia DeVose
01:03:52
LaRessa, funding is available for infant expansions or all child care ages if expanding child care in a child care desert or with an employer partnership
Gilda Gil
01:03:55
Our expansion plan has a start date of November of 2023, could we apply for funding now but expect to spend the $$ until then
LaToshia DeVose
01:04:36
Gilda - yes
Jonathan cobb
01:04:52
How do you determine if your in a childcare desert?
Gary Romano (he/him)
01:05:16
Jonahtan there is a list by zip code: https://www.childcare.texas.gov/childcare-expansion
Gary Romano (he/him)
01:05:59
https://www.childcare.texas.gov/childcare-expansion
Stephanie R
01:06:15
I am a family child care home. I am currently licensed for ages 4 - 12 with a maximum of 12 enrollees. Can I qualify for funding if I open my capacity up to infants?
Gary Romano (he/him)
01:06:16
This is also the page to find out if you are in a child care desert
LaToshia DeVose
01:06:35
Stephanie - yes
Michelle
01:07:45
Do you have to be in a child care desert to apply at all?
LaToshia DeVose
01:08:18
funding is available for infant expansions or all child care ages if expanding child care in a child care desert or with an employer partnership
LaToshia DeVose
01:08:54
Being in a child care desert is not required of ll eligible projects
LaToshia DeVose
01:08:58
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Cynthia Pearson
01:09:51
I don't see the business plan information referenced in the chat shown to be in the https://www.childcare.texas.gov/childcare-expansion link - where is it located?
Gary Romano (he/him)
01:11:38
Cynthia, the application is not open yet but it will be soon and guidence on the plan will be included
Sandra Busch
01:12:03
Will there be a deadline?
Gary Romano (he/him)
01:15:41
Sandra end of december 2022
Sam
01:15:57
isn't it until Feb 2023 ?
Stephanie Gray
01:16:06
so even if you create a partnership with a company INSIDE your center but it does not create additional slots, then we don't qualify?
Elaine
01:16:32
Could the funding be used to give temporary a discounts to families as an incentive to enrollment?
LaToshia DeVose
01:16:34
Start-Up Awards will be available until February 1, 2023, and Initial Operating Awards until April 1, 2023.
Stephanie R
01:17:22
What is the time frame of the application/awarding process?
LaToshia DeVose
01:18:08
Stephanie, that is correct you must be increasing your overall licensed capacity, with the exception of if you were creating an agreement to care for more infants
LaToshia DeVose
01:18:40
Elaine, that is not an allowable use of funds
Stephanie R
01:18:45
What is the time frame that you have to spend the award?
Cynthia Pearson
01:19:01
Thanks so much! This is very helpful info. I have to jump off.
Elaine
01:19:19
Ok thank you
LaToshia DeVose
01:20:39
Applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible. The time may vary based on the total number of applications and ability to schedule an interview. Generally, applicants can expect to be contacted by Civitas Strategies Early Start within 15 business days with an update or next steps on your application.
Mary
01:22:50
Thank you. I'm learning a lot from this Q and A session.
Carla Ransom
01:23:35
thank you all so much for all of this wonderful information. Great team of professionals!
Gary Romano (he/him)
01:24:01
thankyou Carla!
Gary Romano (he/him)
01:24:07
Thank you Mary
Stephanie R
01:26:22
If I received funding for a licensed child care home but would like to open capacity for infants, could I receive the expansion funds?
LaToshia DeVose
01:27:03
Yes as long as you attest to meet licensing ratio requirements
Stephanie R
01:28:00
Would there be a form to complete or should I create a document?
Pasia-Ari Jackson
01:28:16
Is there a roadmap that the organization can create that provides a step-by-step guideline of how to successfully qualify for the start up grant funding? I am a novice in this industry although I am a Pediatric healthcare provider. I am still unsure of where to begin and since I am not a licensed childcare provider, business coaching is not available to me.
LaToshia DeVose
01:32:23
There will be an application guide and step-by-step business plan guide specific to the expansion initiative
LaToshia DeVose
01:32:40
here is also a great resource for those brand new too child care - https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/files/pub_mp29.pdf
Pasia-Ari Jackson
01:33:13
Thank you
LaToshia DeVose
01:33:26
You're welcome!
Katherine Crenshaw
01:34:01
So I don’t have infant care, not licensed for it. Would I be able to get the initial operating and the infant expansion grants? or only one?
LaToshia DeVose
01:34:52
If you are increasing infant capacity, you would be eligible for both awards
Shara Barousse
01:38:56
How do we find out if we are in desert area?
Gary Romano (he/him)
01:39:12
If we didn't get to your question, please email us at:
Gary Romano (he/him)
01:39:13
Expansion@civstrat.com
Diana Morales- PdN Children's
01:39:33
If we are expanding in a zip code that is not on the desert list, can we still qualify?
Pasia-Ari Jackson
01:40:03
;’;;
Michelle
01:40:09
if we use our own budget to add bathrooms to an existing building on campus, them can we use the new funding to add infant spaces in the existing main building as the the students in that current classroom would move to new building then making space for infants
Gary Romano (he/him)
01:40:19
Diana if it is for infant care or part of a business partnership you do not need to be in a desert
Gary Romano (he/him)
01:40:53
Again, please direct additional quesitons to: Expansion@civstrat.com
Ivette Alvarado, Borderplex
01:41:08
Where can we find this power point?
Gary Romano (he/him)
01:41:20
It will be on the site: https://www.childcare.texas.gov/childcare-expansion
Jessica Villarreal, WSA Director of Child Care
01:41:51
Thank you for your time!