Daycare License Requirements for Texas

    Worker Requirements

    Must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

    Providers / Child Ratio

    Ratio For Daycare Centers
    Age Range Child: Staff Ratio Maximum Group Size
    6 weeks4:110
    9 months4:110
    18 months9:118
    27 months13:126
    3 years17:134
    4 years20:135
    5 years24:135
    6 years26:135
    7 years26:135
    8-9 years26:135
    10 years and older26:135

     

    Definition of Licensed Family Child Care Homes

    Small Family Child Care Homes

    Texas requires small family child care homes that care for 1-3 children to be listed with the state.

    No inspections are conducted and there are no standards to meet. Small family child care homes caring for 4-6 (plus 6 SAC) children are required to be registered and meet state requirements.

     

    Total Number of Children Allowed:1-3
    Maximum Number of Children to One Provider:3
    Provider’s Own Children Counted:No
    Maximum Number of Infants/Toddlers to One Provider:NA (Not addressed in Regulations)

    Registered Small Family Child Care Homes

    Total Number of Children Allowed: 4 – 6

    Ratio of Children to One Provider:

    Maximum Group Size Infants 0-17 mos Preschool 18 mos-4 yrs SAC 5-13 yrs
    12066
    12057
    12048
    12039
    120210
    120111
    120012
    10154
    10145
    10136
    10127
    10118
    10109
    8242
    8233
    8224
    8215
    8206
    7331
    7322
    7313
    7304
    6420
    6411
    6402

     

    Department of Family and Protective Services
    Child Care Licensing
    P.O. Box 149030
    701 W. 51st Street
    Austin, TX 78714-9030
    Phone: 512-438-4800
    Hotline: 800-862-5252
    Fax: 512-438-3848
    Web site: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us

     

    Rules for child care centers

    http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=4&ti=40&pt=19&ch=746

    Rules for licenses child care homes

    http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=4&ti=40&pt=19&ch=747

    Rules for residential child care facilities

    http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=4&ti=40&pt=19&ch=720

    Texas Child Care Associations:

    Texas Licensed Child Care Association – TLCCA

    Texas Professional Home Child Care Association – TPHCCA

    Texas Association for Family Child Care – TAFCC

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