Child Care Services (CCS) maintains agreements with a wide range of child care providers in order to meet the needs of families receiving services.
Choosing a Child Care Provider
The Child Care Licensing Division is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of children in the following types of care:
Licensed Child Care Centers may care for 13 or more children under the age of 14 for less than 24 hours in a day. Licensed centers are routinely inspected every 5 to 12 months, or more frequently if reports of abuse, neglect or violations of licensing minimum standards are received.
Licensed Family Homes may care for 7 to 12 children under the age of 14 for less than 24 hours per day in the caregiver's own home. Licensed homes are routinely inspected every 12 to 24 months, or more frequently if reports of abuse, neglect or violations of licensing minimum standards are received.
Registered Family Homes may care for no more than 6 children in the caregiver's own home. They may also care for an additional 6 school age children. The number of children allowed in the home is determined by the ages of the children. Registered homes are routinely inspected every 1 to 3 years, or more frequently if reports of abuse, neglect or violations of licensing minimum standards are received.
Listed Family Homes may care for no more than 3 children in addition to their own children. Listed Family Homes are NOT licensed or registered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. They are not inspected unless a report alleging child care is offered subject to registration is received and reports of abuse or neglect are investigated.
Find more information about child care licensing or to review the compliance history for child care facilities in your area.
Relative Care is defined as care provided by a relative who is at least 18 years of age and is one of the following: the child’s grandparent, the child’s great-grandparent, the child’s aunt or uncle, or the child’s sibling. Families receiving financial aid for child care through Child Care Services can choose a relative to care for their children. Relative child care providers cannot reside in the same household as the child receiving care and must become a Listed Family Home with the Child Care Licensing Division. Some exceptions apply. Click here for requirements to be a relative provider.