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      Child care available for low-income parents working, attending school

      Workforce Solutions Panhandle is offering government-funded child care assistance for people who qualify.

      Low-income parents living in one of the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle can apply online or in person for child care assistance.

      "Parents now are really struggling with the high costs of child care," Child Care Program Manager Frances Garcia said. "This can offset their expenses. The parents will pay the center the co-pay and then we, in turn, reimburse the center up to our maximum reimbursements."

      According to Garcia, the goal of the program is to lift some stress off of parents so they can work and obtain their college degree.

      "It's all federal and state funded. It's sent down to Texas Workforce Commission and then they divide it out to the 28 boards and then from there it's sent out to our local Panhandle Workforce office."

      Assistance is also available for food stamp recipients and children with special needs.

      Anyone interested is urged to apply. Online applications can be submitted from http://www.wspanhandle.com/site_main/childcare.html, or applications can be turned in personally to Workforce Solutions Panhandle located at 1206 W. 7th Ave.