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Below is a list of national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and/or child care concerns or questions.

If you find that any of the information below is incorrect, please contact us at info@childcareaware.org.

Child Care - TX

Find out about the ins and outs of child care in your area. What is required to become a provider in your area? What requirements are there for a background check? Does your state offer any quality improvement programs?

 

Child Care Licensing

Your local child care regulatory office

Phone: Contact your local office

Website: www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_Care/Information_for_Parents/default.asp

Find Your Local Office: www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_Care/Local_Child_Care_Licensing_Offices/default.asp

 

Inspection Reports    

Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations                                                                                                             

Website: www.dfps.state.tx.us/child_care/search_texas_child_care/ppFacilitySearchDayCare.asp

 

Child Care Fact Sheet

Basic facts about child care in your area.

www.naccrra.org/sites/default/files/texas_fact_sheet.pdf

 

Child Care Center Regulations

Requirements necessary to operate a child care center.

http://naccrrapps.naccrra.org/map/publications/states/Texas.pdf

 

Family Child Care Regulations

Requirements necessary to operate a child care program in one's home.

www.naccrra.org/sites/default/files/default_site_pages/2012/lcc_texas_022712.pdf

 

Criminal Background checks

Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area.

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Quality Rating Improvement System – Texas Rising Star Provider Certification

Learn about your state’s quality rating system for child care providers

Website: www.twc.state.tx.us/svcs/childcare/provcert.html

Health and Social Services - TX

Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

 

Child Protective Services

To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

Phone: 1(800) 252-5400

Website: www.dfps.state.tx.us/contact_us/report_abuse.asp

 

Child Support Enforcement

Child support application and procedures for your state

Phone: Contact your local office

Find Your Local Office: www.oag.state.tx.us/cs/fieldoffices.php

 

Medicaid Eligibility

Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

Phone: 1(800) 252-8263

Website: www.hhsc.state.tx.us/medicaid/

Find Your Local Office: www.yourtexasbenefits.com/ssp/SSPHome/ssphome.jsp

 

Texas Health and Human Services

State government programs and services for children and families

Phone: 2-1-1

Website: www.hhs.state.tx.us/

 

Texas Department of State Health Services

State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

Phone: 1(888) 963-7111

Website: www.dshs.state.tx.us/mentalhealth.shtm

 

Car Seat Basics

Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

Website: www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/public_information/carseat.htm

Financial Assistance - TX

Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

 

Child Care Assistance – Child Care Management Services (through the Texas Workforce Commission)

Child care financial assistance programs

Phone: Contact your local office

Website: www.twc.state.tx.us/svcs/childcare/ccinfo.html

Find Your Local Office: www.twc.state.tx.us/dirs/wdas/directory-offices-services.html   

 

Texas Head Start Association

A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices

Website: www.txhsa.org/

 

 Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

Phone: 1(800) 942-3678

Website: www.dshs.state.tx.us/wichd/

Find Your Local Office: http://txhealth.ziplocator.com /

 

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

Phone: 2-1-1 or 1(877) 541-7905

Website: http://yourtexasbenefits.hhsc.state.tx.us/programs/tanf/families.php

Find Your Local Office: www.yourtexasbenefits.com/ssp/SSPHome/ssphome.jsp

 

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

Federal nutrition program

Phone: 2-1-1 or 1(877) 541-7905

Website: http://yourtexasbenefits.hhsc.state.tx.us/programs/snap/

Find Your Local Office: www.yourtexasbenefits.com/ssp/SSPHome/ssphome.jsp

 

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

Phone: 1(877) 399-8939

Website: www.tdhca.state.tx.us/ea/index.htm

 

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs

Rent assistance, utility bill help, emergency and homeless services, etc.

Phone: 1(800) 525-0657 or (512) 475-3800

Website: www.tdhca.state.tx.us/index.htm

Children with Special Needs - TX

Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

 

 Easter Seals North Texas

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: 1(888) 617-7171

Website: http://ntx.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=TXNW_homepage

 

Easter Seals Central Texas

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: (512) 478-2581

Website: http://centraltx.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=TXCA_homepage

 

Easter Seals East Texas

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: (979) 776-2872 (Bryan) or (903) 794-2705 (Texarkana)

Website: http://www.easterseals.com/east-texas/

 

Easter Seals Greater Houston

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: (713) 838-9050

Website: www.eastersealshouston.org/

 

Easter Seals Rio Grande Valley

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: 1(800) 728-5491 or (956) 631-9171

Website: http://rgv.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=TXRG_homepage

 

ARC of Texas

Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

Phone: 1(800) 252-9729 or (512) 454-6694

Website: www.thearcoftexas.org/site/PageServer?pagename=arc_home

 

Early Intervention – Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)

Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

Phone: 1(800) 628-5115

Web Site: www.dars.state.tx.us/ecis/