|(a) Authority. The authority for this subchapter is provided in the Texas Education Code, Subchapter T, Early Childhood Child-Care Worker Student Loan Repayment Program. These rules establish procedures to administer the subchapter as prescribed in the Texas Education Code, §§61.871 through 61.878, as amended effective September 1, 2003. For participants who were awarded loan repayment assistance under the law that was in effect before September 1, 2003 the agreement entered into with the Board continues in effect until the participant satisfies all the conditions of the agreement. (b) Purpose. The purpose of the Early Childhood Care Provider Student Loan Repayment Program is to recruit and retain qualified child-care providers who work in licensed Texas child-care facilities and whose duties consist primarily of providing child care or education to children less than four years old.