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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