Licensing Standards

The Texas Department of Family and Protective services (DFPS) is responsible for licensing all child care operations in the state through the licensing division. The licensing division oversees daycare, referred to as child caring operations in licensing rules, and 24-hour care which includes residential care, foster care, and adoption.

The licensing division follows a process mandated through Chapter 42 of the Human Resources Code, Chapter 42. The licensing division develops minimum standards for regulated facilities and homes, as well as policies and procedures for enforcing those minimum standards.

Links to Licensing Rules

This link on the DFPS website includes definitions and access to licensing regulations. This site includes a search for 24-hour childcare agencies, a way to view the licensing compliance record of agencies, and a list of licensed child care administrators. More here.