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Find a Child Care Provider
Find the right option for you and your family
Workforce Solutions partners with Collaborative for Children to help you find quality child care options. Search online or call 713.600.1234. Collaborative for Children's team of Parent Educators/Consultants offers complimentary phone consultations, child care referrals and guides parents to a wide array of appropriate resources.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services site offers information on Child Care Licensing, Standards & Regulations and information for Child Care Professionals.
Parent Choice of Provider Types
You have the option to choose the provider type that best meets your child care needs. Provider types include:
- Licensed child care centers
- Licensed child care homes
- Registered child care homes
To learn more about these provider types, visit the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)
You may also choose an eligible relative. Relatives are required to undergo background checks and list with DFPS.
Department of Family and Protective Services
The Department of Family and Protective Services inspects and monitors child care providers. You can view child care providers for their compliance with state standards.
Choosing a Quality Child Care provider
Choosing a high quality program can have a significant impact on your child's readiness for success in kindergarten and later grades. Children who attend high quality programs can make significant gains in their knowledge, skills, and abilities. In Texas, child care programs can pursue higher quality through several avenues. Texas Rising Star is one of these options for child care providers, and for parents looking for high quality child care for their children. Additionally, child care providers participating in the Texas School Ready! grant program provide quality child care services focusing on preschool children.
You can find more information at: Texas Child Care Solutions
Texas Rising Star
The Texas Rising Star program is a voluntary, quality-based child care rating system of child care providers participating in the Texas Workforce Commission's subsidized child care program. TRS Certification is available to Licensed Center and Licensed and Registered Child Care Home providers who meet the certification criteria. The TRS Provider certification system offers three levels of certification (Two-Star, Three-Star, and Four-Star) to encourage providers to attain progressively higher certification requirements leading to a Four-Star level.
You can find more information at: Texas Rising Star
You can also call 2-1-1 with any questions you might have!
Whether you need help finding child care, food stamps, care for an aging parent or a haven from domestic violence, 2-1-1 is the number to call when you don't know who to call. Trained HELPLINE specialists are good listeners, blending understanding and expertise to provide information and referrals drawn from a comprehensive database of social services.
The 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE answered a record 940,900 calls for help in 2014. Basic needs, like food, utilities and health care, topped the list of requests last year, followed by rent assistance and help finding shelter.