Resources for Parents
Choosing a child care provider is a different and personal choice. The information provided below is meant to help you make the decision that best meets your needs and preferences for child care.
Types of Care
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Care Licensing Division is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of children in the following types of care.
Licensed Child Care Centers
Licensed Child Care Centers may care for 13 or more children under the age of 14 for less than 24 hours in a day. Licensed centers are routinely inspected every 5 to 12 months, or more frequently if reports of abuse, neglect or violations of licensing minimum standards are received.
Licensed Family Homes
Licensed Family Homes may care for 7 to 12 children under the age of 14 for less than 24 hours per day in the caregiver's own home. Licensed homes are routinely inspected every 12 to 24 months, or more frequently if reports of abuse, neglect or violations of licensing minimum standards are received.
Registered Family Homes
Registered Family Homes may care for no more than 6 children in the caregiver's own home. They may also care for an additional 6 school age children. The number of children allowed in the home is determined by the ages of the children. Registered homes are routinely inspected every 1 to 3 years, or more frequently if reports of abuse, neglect or violations of licensing minimum standards are received.
Listed Family Homes
Listed Family Homes may care for no more than 3 children in addition to their own children. Listed Family Homes are NOT licensed or registered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. They are not inspected unless a report alleging child care is offered subject to registration is received and reports of abuse or neglect are investigated.
Relative Care is defined as care provided by a relative who is at least 18 years of age and is one of the following: the child's grandparent, the child's great-grandparent, the child's aunt or uncle, or the child's sibling. Families receiving financial aid for child care through Workforce Solutions of the Concho Valley can choose a relative to care for their children.
Relative child care providers cannot reside in the same household as the child receiving care and must become a Listed Family Home with the Child Care Licensing Division. Some exceptions apply. Contact us at 325-653-2321 for more information.
Within our group of providers on agreement, a parent has the choice of selecting providers that are participants of the quality improvement system and are listed as Texas Rising Star Providers. See below for additional information.
Texas Rising Star Providers
A Texas Rising Star (TRS) Provider is a child care provider that has an agreement with a Local Workforce Development Board's (Board's) child care contractor to serve Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)-subsidized children and that voluntarily meets requirements that exceed the State's Minimum Child Care Licensing (CCL) Standards. TRS Certification is available to Licensed Center, and Licensed and Registered Child Care Home providers who meet the certification criteria. The TRS Provider certification system offers three levels of certification (Two-Star, Three-Star, and Four-Star) to encourage providers to attain progressively higher certification requirements leading to a Four-Star level.
For more information about child care licensing or to review the compliance history for child care facilities in your area, go to the Texas DFPS website.
You may also contact the local child care licensing office which is open Monday through Friday during business hours at:
622 South Oakes, Suite L
San Angelo, Texas 76903
Things to look for in a Quality Early Care and Education Program:
- License displayed in a visible location
- Entrances/Exits are secure
- Low staff-to-child ratio
- Staff are educated and has early childhood credentials
- Certified CPR and First-Aid staff at all times
- Schedule of daily activities posted and current
- Separate space for quiet and active play
- Children seem occupied and engaged by their activities
- Child care providers handles conflict among the children in a positive manner
- Child care providers seem patient and receptive to the needs of children
- The center/home encourage parents to drop in and visit at any time
- Open, frequent, and daily communication between parents and teachers
- Parents are encouraged to participate and be involved
- Facility serves nutritious meals/snacks and/or apart of Food Program
- Current weekly menu posted in visible location
- Facility is safe from hazards
- Facility practices adequate cleaning and sanitizing procedures
Put yourself in your child's shoes, "Would you want to stay here?"
Questions to ask:
- Is the quantity of toys and materials sufficient for the number of children in the classroom?
- Are the toys and materials developmentally appropriate for the different age groups?
- How are children disciplined? Are you comfortable with the discipline methods?
- What kind of security measures are in place to assure the safety of the children?
- Do any employees on staff have degrees in Child Development/Education?
Find a Child Care Provider
Workforce Solutions of the Concho Valley Child Care Services (CCS) maintains agreements with 58 providers in 13 counties. Of the 56 providers, 5 are Texas Rising Star Provider. To find a CCS provider in your area, select link beside this information to view current CCS provider list.