FIND CHILD CARE
|CHILD ONE – TOMORROW’S WORKFORCE TODAY|
Find certified and accredited child care providers and other resources
TEXAS CHILD CARE AVAILABILITY PORTAL
Connecting People and Services
|SELECTING CARE FOR YOUR CHILD|
Learn the ABC’s of Choosing Care for Your Child
|CHILD CARE AWARE|
Helpful information to become a more informed consumer of child care.
Click here English | Spanish to download the booklet, Is This the Right Place for my Child? for a list questions to ask child care providers.
Child Care Licensing for Parents
CLICK HERE to view information on child care licensing standards and rules, background checks, local licensing offices, and related topics.
PARENTING RESOURCES & CLASSES
|Child One – Tomorrow’s Workforce Today website has a child care provider map that allows you to search for agencies, programs and facilities near you. To view a list of parenting classes near you, visit the provider map web page, and click the “Parenting Classes & Support” option from the “Select Category” dropdown box.|
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service offers quality online training for parents. Click here to find online child care and child growth and development courses offered by Texas A&M AgriLife.
|Act Early Texas offers online development screenings. Parents and early childhood professionals can conduct a free online developmental screening on their children or the children they care for.|
|Conscious Discipline for Parents provides the tools you need to build safety, love, and new skills for you and your children. You can also search You Tube for Conscious Discipline videos.|
|Consumer Product Safety Commission|
Visit this site for the latest safety information, product recalls, and important messages that will keep you and your family safe.
|Cradled by Love, Hope, and Healing|
CLICK HERE to learn about a local support group for families experiencing miscarriage, stillbirth, and early infant loss.
|ABCs of Safe Sleep for Babies|
CLICK HERE to learn how to lower the risk of infants dying in their sleep.
|Early Childhood Texas provides families with young children easy access to Texas state agency programs, services, and resources and is a partner of various state agencies such as the Texas Education Agency and Texas Department of State Health Services. View eligibility programs here.|
|HOPES Waco, which stands for Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support, is a free support program for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 in McLennan County. The program is provided by Family Abuse Center of Waco and is a Texas Parents as Teachers affiliate.|
|NAEYC for Families offers child development information, the “Families Today” newsletter, a parent blog, and music.|
|Safe Kids Worldwide is dedicated to preventing injuries in children. Many injuries can be avoided with the right education, awareness and planning.|
|Texas Child Care Solutions helps parents make informed choices about child care, developmental screenings and more.|
|Vroom is a free parenting app that helps parents turn everyday moments with their children into brain building moments using science-based tips and tools. Download the “Daily Vroom” app (Apple App Store | Google Play).|
|Zero to Three believes parents are the true experts on their children. They help parents develop their own ways to promote their children’s growth and development.|
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
|CHILDONE – TOMORROW’S WORKFORCE TODAY|
ChildOne is a parent and community engagement project of Workforce Solutions Child Care Services. Use the provider resource map to search for local Disability Services .
|Children’s Learning Institute offers information on developmental milestones, screening & Early Childhood Intervention. Visit www.cliengage.org and search for Parents.|
|Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with a disability or developmental delay. ECI provides free evaluations. Visit www.kcceci.org or call 866-752-3451.|
|ESC Region 12 Child Find provides the following: Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities, Visually Impaired, Regional Day-School for the Deaf, and assistance for all areas of Special Education to help you through the process. Visit the ESC Region 12 Child Find web page or call 254-666-0911.|
|Parent Companion – First Five Years is a guide for Texas parents of children with diagnosed or suspected disabilities. You are not alone. We can help. Visit our website.|
|Social Security Administration (SSA), Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. Supplemental Security income pays benefits based on financial need. You can apply for benefits online https://www.ssa.gov/disability/ or by calling toll-free 1-800-772-1213.|
|STAR Kids provides Medicaid benefits to children and adults 20 and younger who have disabilities. Visit https://hhs.texas.gov/services/health/star-kids.|
|Texas Parent to Parent offers parent-to-parent support, resource referral, and education about disabilities and/or special health care needs. Visit www.txp2p.org or call 512-458-8600.|
Child Tax Credit
|Head Start & Early Head Start programs provide free services to qualifying families. Services include: early education, health, nutrition, parent involvement, and services for children with disabilities.|
|The Economical Opportunities Advancement Corporation (EOAC) provides services in McLennan and Falls Counties. Visit the EOAC website or call 254-753-0331.|
|Hill County Community Action provides services in Bosque, Hill, Limestone and Freestone Counties. Visit www.hccaa.com or call 877-372-5167.|
|Pre-Kindergarten programs are offered in many school districts. Children must be at least three years of age and meet eligibility criteria. Contact your neighborhood school for more information or visit The TEA website.|
|2-1-1 Texas is available no matter where you live in Texas. Dial 2-1-1 and find information about resources in your local community. If you need help finding food or housing, crisis counseling or substance abuse treatment, one number is all you need. Call 2-1-1 or visit www.211Texas.org.|
|Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. The IRS EITC web page provides eligibility information. Find out if you’re eligible.|
|Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) helps families with financial assistance and support services. Monthly cash payments helps pay for food, clothing, housing, utilities, furniture, transportation, telephone, laundry, household equipment and other basic needs. Click here to apply or call 2-1-1.|
|The Lone Star Card Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps families buy the food they need for good health. This is a nutritional program. Click here to apply call 2-1-1.|
|The Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) is a supplemental nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children (under 5 years of age) eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. Visit the USDA WIC web page or call 2-1-1.|
|Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offers low cost children’s health insurance for children from birth to 18 years of age. Click here to apply call 2-1-1.|
|The Low Income Housing Program can help find a safe, clean, and affordable rentals and housing. Click here to learn more.|
|Community Service is a division of Economic Opportunities Advancement Corporation – Community Action Agency (EOAC) which provides a variety of programs to eligible, low income individuals and families, including utility assistance for eligible families and prevention and intervention services to children and families in need. Call 254-756-0954, apply here for services or learn more here.|
|Texas Health Steps provides information and resources for getting the most from Medicaid for your children. You can also get more Texas Health Steps information here. You can also learn more here about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).|