Gov. Greg Abbott today announced a new initiative to increase access to child care for employees who are on the front lines of the state’s response to COVID-19. As part of the program, Care.com is offering 90 days of free, premium access to its services, along with specific portals for frontline workers and caregivers in Texas.
Frontline workers looking for child care as well as prospective caregivers can both enroll at https://texasfrontline.care.com/. Potential caregivers are subject to Care.com’s extensive background and safety checks.
While child care services are not typically free of charge, the Texas portal gives residents the ability to waive the fees and volunteer as caregivers, providing additional support to frontline workers.
“This Care.com initiative will provide an additional avenue of support for our frontline workers throughout the COVID-19 response,” said Abbott. “I am grateful for Care.com’s commitment to ensuring accessible child care is available to Texans fulfilling essential services during this time.”
Care.com CEO Tim Allen said his company is honored to partner with Texas and Abbott.
“We are all dependent on the commitment of these essential workers as they look after our families and they deserve nothing less from each of us,” Allen said.