CHILD CARE RESOURCE AND REFERRAL INFORMATION
For families looking for child care:
- List of registered family day homes and/or licensed child care centers by zip code and copy of state minimum standards: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS)-Child Care Licensing - 512-834-3195 or www.txchildcaresearch.orgYou can search under the programs listed for drop-in care, part time, weekend care, and after-school care. A center’s or home’s compliance record can be checked here as well)
- List of NAEYC Accredited centers - 1-800-424-2460 or www.NAEYC.org
- List of NAFCC Accredited family child care - 801-269-9338 or www.NAFCC.org
Nurture My Child - www.nurturemychild.com Free personalized web searched and nanny placement
Child care programs who may offer reduced or sliding scale tuition for qualifying families (most have waiting lists):
Texas Rising Star programs, some of whom may have sliding scale spots:
Go to Contractor Provider List. Click on TRS-Specific Provider List by Name or TRS-Specific Provider List by Zip Code for a list of centers that have met a higher set of standards through the Texas Rising Star (TRS) program and may be able to refer a family to the Workforce Solutions Child Care Services waiting list because they receive City-County funding.
Programs for children with special needs:
Resource and Referral for General Social Services:
- First Call for Help (United Way/Capital Area) - 211
To Report Suspected Child Abuse:
- Child Abuse Hotline - 1-800-252-5400
The following information is from Don't Be in the Dark About Child Care www.dontbeinthedark.org Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
ALWAYS CHOOSE REGULATED CARE
Top 10 questions for your child care
- May I see your state permit and your last inspection?
- What experience and training do you have in caring for children?
- How many children do you care for and how do you ensure that you meet all their needs?
- May I see your operational policies so I can learn more about your services?
- What's a typical day like for a child in your care?
- How do you protect the health and safety of children in your care?
- Do you know about and always use safe sleep practices with infants?
- How do you discipline children?
- How do you handle emergencies and under what circumstances will you contact me?
- How will you discuss progress and concerns related to my child?
- Learn the facts before entrusting your child to someone else and always choose state regulated child care.
- Research your options. Find a licensed or registered child care in your area and check its inspection record at TXChildCareSearch.org
- Visit the child care center or home while children are there and look for features that will help your child thrive. Ask to view where your child will sleep or rest.
- Meet and interview the caregiver or director.
- Keep talking with your child's caregiver. Talk about concerns and make sure you are happy with their answers.
- Keep talking to your kids. Ask them how the day went, what they did, who they saw, or if anything special happened.
- Report anything that may affect any child's health or safety, including child abuse or neglect or illegal care to the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400.