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Worker 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 RangeChild: Staff RatioMaximum 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

Ratio of Children To One Provider
Maximum Group Size Infants 0-17 mos Preschool 18 mos-4 yrs SAC 5-13 yrs
12 0 6 6
12 0 5 7
12 0 4 8
12 0 3 9
12 0 2 10
12 0 1 11
12 0 0 12
10 1 5 4
10 1 4 5
10 1 3 6
10 1 2 7
10 1 1 8
10 1 0 9
8 2 4 2
8 2 3 3
8 2 2 4
8 2 1 5
8 2 0 6
7 3 3 1
7 3 2 2
7 3 1 3
7 3 0 4
6 4 2 0
6 4 1 1
6 4 0 2


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
Texas Daycare Listings
Child Care Subsidy Agency
Texas Workforce Commission
Child Care Services
101 E. 15th Street, Room 440-T
Austin, TX 78778-0001
Phone: (512) 936-3137 or 211 (within State)
Toll Free: (877) 541-7905
Fax: (512) 936-3255
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

Child Abuse Reporting
To report suspected child abuse in Texas, call (800) 252-5400.

For national child abuse information, call the Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline (staffed 24 hours daily with professional crisis counselors): 1-800-4-A-CHILD or 1-800-2-A-CHILD (T.D.D).


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