Fort Bend County designates CARES Act funding to assist families with child care expenses

Fort Bend County commissioners in February approved designating more than $250,000 of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding to support families with child care expenses. (Courtesy Pexels)
Fort Bend County commissioners in February approved designating more than $250,000 of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding to support families with child care expenses. (Courtesy Pexels)

Fort Bend County commissioners in February approved designating more than $250,000 of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding to support families with child care expenses. (Courtesy Pexels)

Fort Bend County families who are struggling to pay for child care expenses because of the COVID-19 pandemic could be eligible for $500 vouchers to help cover the costs.

Fort Bend County commissioners in February approved designating more than $250,000 of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding to support families with child care expenses.

“In Fort Bend County, we care about our children,” County Judge KP George said in a video announcing the program March 8. “And we care about our parents getting back to work. And this program is going to address both.”

Qualified families can receive a child care voucher valued at $500 per child. Residents can receive up to three vouchers per family.

The vouchers can then be used at any participating licensed child care facility in Fort Bend County.


To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Fort Bend County, have a child under 13 years old, meet specified income criteria and have experienced income loss due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Online applications opened March 1. Interested families can learn more and apply online by visiting www.coronavirusfortbend.gov.
By Morgan Theophil
Morgan joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2021 as the reporter for the Katy edition. She graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism in 2018.


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