Service Industry Recovery Initiative

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Workforce Solutions provides 12-month childcare scholarships to low-wage workers in the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry, as well as accommodations, food services, and retail trade. These industries were some of the greatest impacted by the pandemic. 

The Service Industry Recovery childcare scholarship is a win-win for both employers and their staff – Employers can offer attractive childcare benefits that increase applicants and the workforce needed to return to work. Service-industry employees can return to work and provide for their families while knowing their children are cared for by quality providers, and that their childcare costs are paid for a full 12 months through this childcare scholarship.

 When applying for childcare scholarships from the Service Industry Recovery Initiative, the applicant will be required to provide one of the following from the employer: 

 To qualify for Service Industry Recovery childcare scholarships: 

  • At least one parent must be currently employed or entering employment in one of the following 
  • Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: NAICS 71
  • Accommodation and Food Services: NAICS 72
  • Retail Trade: NAICS 44-45 
  • One-parent households must be working a minimum of 25 hours per week and a two-parent household must be working a total of 50 hours per week to qualify
  • The child:
    • Aged 13 or under (or, under 19 if disabled)
    • Has legal citizenship or immigration status
    • Resides with a family (including with an individual standing in loco parentis) within the Gulf Coast local workforce development area
    • The family gross income is at or below the 75% of the State Median Income (SMI) 

To access more information and the application for SIR Childcare Scholarships, visit:

Adrian Henry is a Career Office Manager/Project Manager for the Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston Region. Prior to joining Workforce Solutions Mr. Henry worked as a Project Manager for a marketing company in New York City. Before working in the corporate world, Mr. Henry worked for The City University of New York, Research Foundation, and several other workforce development organizations. He has over 15 years of workforce development experience, help to put hundreds of individuals into employment opportunities, and managed various programs. He started in 2007 as a Job Developer for The Summer Youth Employment Program. He is a graduate of The University at Buffalo and attended Buffalo State College after completing his undergraduate work. He has a passion for workforce development and putting people to work

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Workforce Solutions provides comprehensive human resource services for businesses and residents of the 13-county Houston-Galveston Gulf Coast region. Workforce Solutions helps employers solve workforce-related business problems and area residents build careers, so that both can better compete in the changing worldwide economy. Our Employer Service Division provides personalized service to help employers find qualified applicants for their jobs, build the skills and expertise of their new and current employees, and address human resource needs. We operate multiple community-based career offices in 13 Texas Gulf Coast counties to help residents get a job, keep a job or get a better job – offering placement, career counseling and financial aid services. We partner with the region’s businesses, educational institutions, civic organizations and community leaders to find solutions to current and future labor needs of industries that are vital to the region and its economy.

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