Quality Child Care Providers
Child Care Provider Map
How to Select a Child Care Facility
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.
You can review the list of CCS Contracted Providers by clicking on the Provider Map above. It is important to consider the Child Care Licensing history of the providers you are interested in. You can view two years of Child Care Licensing History at https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_Care/Search_Texas_Child_Care/ppFacilitySearchDayCare.asp.
Once you have narrowed down your choices, visit the potential providers and use the checklist below to determine which provider best meets your needs. In addition to the checklist, spend a few minutes with the caregiver and ask about length of employment, training received, etc.
Types of Child Care
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:
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:
Licensed Child Care Centers
Child care centers operate out of non-residential, commercial buildings. Centers are larger and enroll more children than a home-based provider. The children are usually divided into groups or classrooms according to age. Child care centers have a center director and several staff members. Child care centers may be privately operated for profit by a chain or individual, or operated by non-profit agencies, including churches, public schools or government agencies.
Centers typically offer a structured, classroom-like environment. Families often like child care centers because of the larger groups of children present and the variety of equipment, supplies and activities. Child care centers often have the most regulations and inspections. In Texas, child care centers are licensed and regulated by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
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.
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
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.
See Texas Rising Star page for more information.
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:
The Texas Workforce Commission recognizes the following accreditations: