Texas State Requirements

Qualifications: Staff in Texas State: Must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Provider/Child Ratio:
Ratios for Daycare Centers in Texas State
Age Range Child: Staff Ratio Maximum Group Size
0 - 11 months 4:1 10
12 - 17 months 5:1 13
18 - 23 months 9:1 18
2 years (24 months) 11:1 22
3 years 15:1 30
4 years 18:1 35
5 years 22:1 35
6-8 years 26:1 35
9 - 12 years 26:1 35

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

Important Contact Information:
Child Care Licensing Agency
Department of Protective and Regulatory Services
P.O. Box 149030
M.C. E-550
Austin, TX 78714-9030
Phone: Day Care Hotline: (800) 862-5252
or (512) 438-3269
Fax: (512) 438-3848

Head Start - State Collaboration Office
University of Texas
7000 Fannin Street, Suite 2054
Houston, TX, 77030
Phone: (713) 500-3835
Fax: (713) 500-0386

Child Care Food Program Agency
Office of Family Services
Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission
Post Office Box 149030
1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 325E
Austin, Texas 78714-9030
Phone: (512) 420-2506
Fax: (512) 371-1595

State Child Care Resource & Referral Contact
Texas Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
1500 W. University Ave., Ste. 105
Georgetown, TX 78628
Phone: (512) 868-0552
Fax: (512) 868-5743

Office of Child Support Enforcement
Child Support Division
Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 12017
Austin, Texas 78741-2017
Phone: (800) 252-8014
Fax: (512) 460-6867

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