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|Texas law requires that homes providing childcare for four or more children must be registered with The Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (PRS).
With the assistance of registered caregivers and experts in areas such as child development, early childhood education, fire safety, health, and sanitations, PRS' Licensing Department develops minimum standards for family homes. Theses minimum standards are basic requirements for ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of children enrolled in child-care facilities. These stardards prohibit persons who have been convicted of certain crimes from having contact with children in care. As a caregiver, I must have current certifications in first aid and CPR for infants and children. Ongoing training in child-care management is also required.
Registered family homes are inspected once before registration and inspected based on an ongoing monitoring plan. Certain information and records must be obtained from parents to ensure the child's health and safety, handle emergencies, and meet minimum standards. If you do not provide this material, the family home will not be in compliance with the minimum standards set by the state, and may not be able to do as good a job of providing care for your child.
You are entitled to see the following information:
* The most recent copy of Minimum Standards for this Child-Care Home
(these are also available on the web at www.dfps.state.tx.us or at the
local Licensing office 214-583-4035)
* The most recent Department of Family and Protective Services
Inspection/Investigation Report, (compliance information is also
available on the web at www.dfps.state.tx.us or from the local licensing
* Menus and snacks for the past three months, and
* The Child-Care Home's operational policies.
For more information about child care you may look on the Protective
and Requlatory Services website: www.tdprs.state.tx.us or call