Would you like to know more about child care licensing in your state or resources for children with special needs? Do you need to contact someone about child support, health care for your family, or help paying for food or heat? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Click a tab below to find those resources and more in Texas.

Find out more about child care in your area. Click on the links below, or contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for one-on-one help.

Child Care Licensing

Your local child care regulatory office

Phone: Contact your local office

Website Find Your Local Office

Provider Complaint Line: 1(800) 252-5400

Inspection Reports

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

Website

Child Care Fact Sheet

Basic facts about child care in your area

State Fact Sheet

Texas Child Care Information

Information and resources for parents looking for child care in Texas

Website

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Reimburses child care providers for healthy meals and snacks

Phone: 1(877) 839-6325

Website

Criminal Background Checks

Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

Website

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – Texas Rising Star

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

Website

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

Child Support Enforcement

Child support application and procedures for your state

Phone: 1(800) 252-8014

Website

Find Your Local Office

Medicaid Eligibility

Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

Phone: 1(800) 252-8263

Website

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

Phone: 1(877) 543-7669 (in-state only) or 1(800) 647-6558

Website

Texas Health and Human Services

State government programs and services for children and families

Phone: 2-1-1 (in-state only) or 1(877) 541-7905

Website

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division

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: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

Car Seat Basics

Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

Website

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 Services

Child care financial assistance programs

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

Texas Head Start Association

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

Website

Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

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

Find Your Local WIC Clinic

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

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

Phone: 2-1-1 (in-state only) or 1(877) 541-7905

Website

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

Federal nutrition program

Phone: 2-1-1 (in-state only) or 1(877) 541-7905

Website

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

Phone: 2-1-1 or 1(877) 399-8939 (in-state only)

Website

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

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

Easter Seals Central Texas

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

Phone: (512) 478-2581

Website

Easter Seals San Antonio

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

Phone: (210) 614-3911

Website

Easter Seals Greater Houston

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

Phone: (713) 838-9050

Website

Easter Seals Rio Grande Valley

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

Phone: (956) 631-9171

Website

The Arc Texas

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

Website

Early Intervention – Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)

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

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

There are currently no organizations listed

  • Child Care

    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 Find Your Local Office

    Phone:1(800) 252-5400

    Inspection Reports

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

    Website

    Child Care Fact Sheet

    Basic facts about child care in your area

    State Fact Sheet

    Child Care Center Regulations

    Requirements necessary to operate a child care center

    State of Child Care Centers

    Family Child Care Regulations

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

    State of Small FCC Homes

    Criminal Background Checks

    Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

    State of Child Care Centers Website

    Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – Texas Rising Star

    Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

    Website

  • Health and Social Services

    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

    Child Support Enforcement

    Child support application and procedures for your state

    Phone: 1(800) 252-8014

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Medicaid Eligibility

    Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

    Phone: 1(800) 252-8263

    Website

    Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

    Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

    Phone: 1(877) 543-7669 (in-state only) or 1(800) 647-6558

    Website

    Texas Health and Human Services

    State government programs and services for children and families

    Phone: 2-1-1 (in-state only) or 1(877) 541-7905

    Website

    Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division

    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: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Car Seat Basics

    Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

    Website

  • Financial Assistance

    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 Services

    Child care financial assistance programs

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Texas Head Start Association

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

    Website

    Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

    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

    Find Your Local WIC Clinic

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

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

    Phone: 2-1-1 (in-state only) or 1(877) 541-7905

    Website

    Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

    Federal nutrition program

    Phone: 2-1-1 (in-state only) or 1(877) 541-7905

    Website

    Low Income Energy Assistance Program

    Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

    Phone: 2-1-1 or 1(877) 399-8939 (in-state only)

    Website

    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

  • Children with Special Needs

    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

    Easter Seals Central Texas

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

    Phone: (512) 478-2581

    Website

    Easter Seals San Antonio

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

    Phone: (210) 614-3911

    Website

    Easter Seals Greater Houston

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

    Phone: (713) 838-9050

    Website

    Easter Seals Rio Grande Valley

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

    Phone: (956) 631-9171

    Website

    The Arc Texas

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

    Website

    Early Intervention – Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)

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

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

  • There are currently no organizations listed

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