Child Care Health & Safety
Basic things to look for when choosing child care:
- Child Care Licensing permit • or letter posted
- CPR and First Aid certificate
- Health and safety training
- Good hand-washing practices
- Daily review of indoor/outdoor environments
- Fire extinguisher and/or smoke detectors
- Fire drills practice
- Emergency or evacuation plans
- Continuous child supervision
- Nutritious meals and snacks
Child Care Quality
Look, Listen, Count, Ask
- For reading and learning opportunities
- For both teacher and child-directed activities
- To the children laughing, singing, and playing
- To the teacher’s tone of voice
- To the teacher and child interaction
- To the teacher redirect children’s behavior
- The staff-child ratios and group size guidelines specified by Child Care Licensing are important in all age groups, especially for infants!
- About teacher-child development training
- About child-to-teacher ratio and group size
- About ability to care for children with special needs
Licensed Child Care
Licensed Child Care Centers
May care for 13 or more children under the age of 14 for less than 24 hours per day.
Licensed Child Care Homes
May care for 7-12 children under the age of 14 for less than 24 hours per day.
Registered Child Care Homes
Provide care for up to six children under the age of 14 in the caregiver’s home; they may also care for up to six more school-age children. The number of children allowed in the home is determined by the ages of the children.
Relative Care Providers
Some relatives care for children in addition to working outside the home. The arrangement for child care is with that individual relative only.
Texas Rising Star (TRS)
Texas Rising Star (TRS) Providers meet requirements that exceed the State’s Minimum Licensing Standards for child care facilities.
- Director qualifications
- Teacher staff qualifications
- Staff orientation
- Ongoing staff development
- Smaller group size
- Detailed curriculum and lesson plans
- Teacher-child interaction
- Physical environment
- Health and safety
- Nutrition and Indoor/Outdoor Activities
- Parent involvement and Education
Download a list of Texas Rising Star Providers in the area.
Licensed Child Care Offices and Child Care Homes are routinely monitored and inspected by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Click on the Child Care Eligibility section below to see if you qualify.