Before visiting a childcare facility, it is helpful to identify basic family needs that you look for in a childcare program. These needs may include: location, hours of operation, and transportation services.
After selecting a childcare provider that meets your family’s needs, parents are urged to visit the program to learn first-hand if this is the right program for the child and family. Take the time to talk to the caregiver and ask questions about the children’s activities.
When possible, choose a provider who meets quality child care standards.
The resources listed below are available to provide parents information and support to make the best decisions they can for their children and family:
Licensing history of Providers in our Region – Go to the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services website at dfps.state.tx.us. Then click on “Find Child Care”. Or click here.
State and federal funding enables us to assist you in selecting a child care provider who will meet your needs and provide the best care available for your children. There are several child care options available to you. You may choose from the following:
Registered or Licensed Child Care Home
Licensed Child Care Center
Approved Relative Child Care provider
We have provided the following information on each type of facility to help you in your decision. In addition, we have provided information on quality child care standards, including:
Texas Rising Star Providers (TRS)
Texas School Ready! Programs (TSR!)
Registered and Licensed Child Care Homes
Registered and Licensed Child Care Homes and Licensed Child Care Centers must go through an application process, orientation, and inspection by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Child Care Licensing before a permit to operate is issued. All staff must meet minimum training requirements related to care and education of children, including CPR and first aid as well as have a high school diploma or GED.
DFPS Child Care Licensing is responsible for monitoring all registered and licensed facilities and issuing permits to operate the child care program. CCS does not monitor licensing regulations. Any concerns or complaints regarding services provided by licensed and registered child care facilities should be reported to Child Care Licensing for investigation and follow up. They can be reached at 800-582-6036.
Registered Child Care Homes provide care in the caregiver’s home for up to six children under age five. In addition, providers may also care for six more school-age children. The total number of children allowed in a home is determined by the ages of the children. No more than 12 children can be in care at any time, including children of the caregiver.
Licensed Child Care Homes provide services in the provider’s residence or a separate facility for 7 to 12 children from birth to 13 years. No more than 12 children can be in care at any given time, including children of the caregiver.
Licensed Child Care Centers care for seven (7) or more children for less than 24 hours per day at a location other than the child’s or caregiver’s home. Centers may have different names, such as preschool or child development center, or may serve a specific population, such as school-age children.
Relative Child Care
Relative Child Care allows a parent to use a relative of the child as the child care provider. An eligible relative is an individual who does not reside in the same household as the child, is at least 18 years of age, and is by marriage, blood relationship, or court decree, one of the following: the child’s grandparent or great-grandparent; the child’s aunt or uncle; or the child’s sibling. Individuals who are listed on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Sex Offender Registry are not eligible to be a relative care provider. Relative Child Care is not monitored by child care licensing or CCS staff. The quality of care provided is based upon an agreement between the parent and the provider, and their individual needs. Relative providers must be “Listed” with DFPS.
Quality Child Care Standards
Texas Rising Star
A TRS Provider is a child care provider that voluntarily meets requirements that exceed the state’s minimum licensing standards for health & safety, group size, child/staff ratios, caregiver training and age-appropriate curricula and activities for child care facilities. Certification as a Texas Rising Star Provider is available to licensed child care centers, licensed child care homes and registered child care homes that meet the certification criteria. For more information about the TRS program, please visit www.texasrisingstar.org.
Texas School Ready! (TSR!)
TSR! was designed by the State Center for Early Childhood Development at the University of Texas Health Science Center. The Model encourages school readiness programs to share certified teachers and to integrate facility, space, professional development, and funding from Child Care, Head Start, and Pre-kindergarten sources. The critical instructional components of TSR! include:
Ongoing professional development through classroom mentoring
Progress monitoring of children through personal digital assistant devices
For additional information about centers participating in the TSR! project, contact the State Center for Early Childhood Development at 713.500.3575 or visit www.childrenslearninginstitute.org.
The Texas Workforce Commission recognizes the following accreditations: