Child Care Options
Families eligible for child care assistance choose their own child care providers from the available options, using either a Regulated Provider or a Relative Provider. The following information will help you with choosing a child care provider.
Licensed Child Care Facilites
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Care Licensing registers or licenses (regulates) three types of child care facilities.
- Registered Child Care Homes provide care for no more than 6 children under the age of 14, plus no more than 6 additional school-age children in the provider’s own home.
- Licensed Child Care Homes provide care for no more than 12 children under the age of 14 in a home setting.
- Licensed Child Care Centers provide care for more than 13 children under the age of 14 in a childcare facility.
All of these are required to comply with the Minimum Standards for their type of facility and are subject to regular monitoring by Day Care Licensing.
Texas Rising Star (TRS) Providers have volunteered to meet standards higher than the minimum standards monitored by Day Care Licensing and are indicated by ** on the CCS Provider List. TRS providers have fewer children with each caregiver and lesson plans that include activities to specifically develop large muscle, small muscle, learning/thinking and social skills. Some providers may participate in the Texas School Ready (TSR) program designed to improve school readiness, early learning and reading skills and are marked with TSR on the provider list. Some providers may have met national accreditation standards as well, and they are marked with NAEYC on the provider list.
Providers may further limit the ages of the children they care for. Providers may provide after-school pickup or morning transportation for specific elementary schools.
Child Care Services Providers are Registered Family Child Care Homes and Licensed Child Care Homes or Centers who have signed provider agreements with Child Care Services.
If you want to use a relative provider or a licensed or registered provider who has not signed a CCS Provider Agreement, you may do so through the Self-Arranged Child Care (SACC) option. The relative must not live with the child (except a teen parent’s child) and must be your child’s grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt or uncle, or adult sibling. Proof of relationship may be required. All SACC providers must be at least 18 years of age. Relative providers providing child care must become a Listed Family Home with TDFPS Day Care Licensing. Providers must qualify before child care may begin.
Both the parent and the provider in a SACC arrangement must attend an Information Session within 30 days after you inform Child Care Services you want to use a SACC provider.
Self-Arrange Child Are (SACC)
Self-Arranged Child Care (SACC) is used when the parent’s choice of provider is not a Child Care
Services Provider. Child Care Services Providers are licensed centers, licensed child care homes or
registered child care homes that have signed provider agreements with Child Care Services.
Eligible Self-Arranged Providers
- A licensed center that is not a Child Care Services Provider,
- A licensed child care home that is not a Child Care Services Provider,
- A registered child care home that is not a Child Care Services Provider,
- The child’s great-grandparent,
- The child’s grandparent,
- The child’s aunt if at least 18 years of age,
- The child’s uncle if at least 18 years of age, or
- The child’s sibling if the sibling is at least 18 years of age.
Relative providers providing child care must become Listed Family Homes with TDFPS Day
Care Licensing. Providers must qualify before child care may begin. Relative child care
providers can not live in the same home as the child, unless the child’s parent is a teen.
The Information Session
and provider must attend.
Parent and provider must bring valid picture identification cards, Social Security cards, proof of
current address (a current bill that shows name and address, letter from TDHS or other government
agency, or similar document) and your Direct Deposit Authorization Form and voided check. You may
also need to provide proof of relationship.
The necessary forms for SACC will be discussed and filled out during the Information Session. These
include the I. R. S. Form W-9 since the money earned as a SACC provider is income.
Important Information for SACC Providers
parent. Child Care Services does not process any taxes because you work for the parent. You are
responsible for your taxes.
If the parent has to pay part of the cost of child care, you will be responsible for collecting that money.
The amount the parent must pay will be deducted from your check.
You must keep accurate records of the children’s attendance and any money received from the parent.
You will be paid directly from the attendance that is recorded by the parent via the IVR system.
Only the parent may access the Child Care Automated Attendance System to register attendance.
Your income as a SACC provider is the total of any amount the parent must pay you and the checks
Workforce Child Care Services sends you.
Health and Safety
- Is the facility’s license or registration posted? Look at the last monitoring report.
- Does the facility participate in the Texas Rising Star or Texas School Ready programs?
- Does the staff have current CPR and First Aid training?
- Count the number of children per caregiver. Is the minimum standard being met?
- Is the menu for meals and snacks posted? Are they nutritious and varied?
- Are children given a daily health check?
- Is a daily check done of the environment – both inside areas and the playground?
- Can the caregivers see all the children at all times?
- What special training does the caregiver have about children in your child’s age group?
- How long has the caregiver been working at the facility?
- Is the caregiver cheerful and pleasant to children and parents?
- Does the caregiver interact with the children at the child’s eye level?
- Do the children spend time each day in a variety of activities so that they use their thinking skills,
their motor skills (big muscles and small muscles) and social skills?
- Are individuals treated with respect? Are differences seen as making people interesting?
- Are children comforted when needed and frequently given individual attention?
- What is the discipline policy? Is it fair and are there no exceptions? Do you agree with it?
- What will happen if your child becomes ill?
- Do you hear the sounds of happy, involved children?
- Are there enough toys and materials appropriate for the children’s age group?
- Are toys and materials stored where children can easily get what they want to use?
- Are the decorations and learning materials at the child’s height and not high on the wall?
- Is the space bright, colorful and pleasant to be in all day?
- Does the outdoor play area have equipment appropriate for your child’s age group? Is the space
divided for use by different age groups? Are there a variety of activities to do outside?
- Are you welcome to visit at any time?
- What opportunities are there for parents to be involved in the programs and activities?
- Are parent’s ideas encouraged?
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 806-698-5510 / 800-252-5400
- Have you checked the information about the immunizations a child needs?
- Have you checked the child care facility’s inspection history?
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