Area workers are in search of childcare options as state reopens

Some single parents in Central Texas say they're worried about who will take care of their children as they go back to work. (File)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Some single parents in Central Texas are worried about who will take care of their children as they go back to work.

It's an added worry that Temple mother Nicole Viola knows all too well.

"Unfortunately, for people like me, we're kind of stuck for fear of losing our jobs," she said.

Viola's 7-year-old daughter, Natalia, needs a full-time provider and her options are extremely limited.

"There's a lot of places that aren't open," she said.

"Yet, our providers want us to come back full time."

The Texas Workforce Commission has announced that any parents who have to return to work, but don't have available childcare, may continue to receive unemployment benefits by applying for an exemption.

TWC Spokesman Cisco Gamez says for now, the criteria for approval for an exemption are still under consideration.

"We're looking into those situations," she said.

"We'll post guidelines on our Texas Workforce Commission website and we'll share that on social media with our work force offices and boards. We'll make sure to get that information out as soon as it's available."

Viola says she's scrambling to find someone to care for her daughter in the next few weeks.

"I'm really kind of stressed out," she said.

"I just want to stay home and take care of my daughter and I also want to get back to work but I don't know what the exposure is. Me even going in for a couple of hours, is it worth it? I also don't want to lose my job."