The Texas Child Care Market Rate Survey is a project carried out by the Child and Family Research Institute at the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Social Work Research under contract with the Texas Workforce Commission. The objective is to gather and report on the rates charged to the general public (or the “market rate”) for child care in each of the 28 local workforce development areas (LWDAs) of Texas). This report is then used by the Texas Workforce Commission and Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) to assess the cost of child care services available in local workforce development areas.
Child and Family Research Institute at the University of Texas at Austin (CFRI)
Located within the School of Social Work and the Center for Social Work Research, the Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI) is a partnership of researchers committed to producing quality research to guide policy and social work practice for children and families. Researchers from CFRI administer the survey each year by conducting over 3,000 interviews with child care providers. For more information, please visit the CFRI website.
Ray Marshall Center at the University of Texas at Austin (RMC)
Located within the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources provides an independent source of research and analysis on workforce development, education, and social issues. The Center partners with a range of stakeholders to conduct timely, relevant research and to translate that research into effective policies and programs. The Ray Marshall Center collaborates with CFRI to analyze data obtained from the survey. For more information, please visit the RMC website.
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
The Texas Workforce Commission was created in 1995 when the Texas legislature passed its major welfare reform legislation, HB 1863. One of HB 1863’s provision consolidated a number of workforce programs, including subsidized childcare, under TWC. TWC provides subsidized child care for families in the TANF Choices (job-training) program and those transitioning from TANF. TWC contracts with CFRI to conduct the child care market rate survey each year.
Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs)
The 28 Local Workforce Development Boards are responsible for managing child care subsidy for low income families and other related programs. LWDBs set reimbursement rates for their local areas for different types of care and determine a family’s eligibility for child care subsidies based on the family’s income.