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Tool helps Fort Worth parents working during COVID-19 find child care

Tool helps Fort Worth parents working during COVID-19 find child care

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The tool helps parents who are employed in "essential" businesses. Photo courtesy of Child Care Associates

Fort Worth has launched an initiative to help working parents during these coronavirus times. Called FIND! Child Care, it's a tool to support working parents who are employed at essential businesses.

Parents can access an online tool providing real-time availability of child care spots at licensed child care centers in Tarrant County for children ranging from 0 to 12 years old.

The program is from Child Care Associates CEO Kara Waddell, who was recently added to a task force created by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to find solutions for child care needs during COVID-19.

In a statement, Waddell says that the platform "serves essential workers and post-COVID-19 can serve all Tarrant families in need of child care."

Working parents in Tarrant County in need of child care are encouraged to FIND! Child Care via:

The tool has more than 7700 licensed child care spots listed across Tarrant County. About half are operational, thanks to child care provider decisions to remain open during the COVID-19 emergency.

Essential employees that live outside of Tarrant County, but commute to work for an employer in the county are eligible.