In Texas, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Child Care Regulation’s (CCR) licensing department regulates all child care and early learning programs. It is critically important that parents and families choose child care and early learning programs, either center-based or home-based, that are licensed or registered with CCR. Visit the CCR website to confirm that a child care and early learning program is licensed or registered by CCR to operate in Texas.
CCR requires all child care and early learning programs in the state to comply with basic regulations around health and safety, known as minimum licensing standards. Many child care and early learning programs, including Texas Rising Star certified programs, choose to exceed these minimum licensing standards by providing higher quality learning environments for the children in their programs. This can include higher quality curriculum, classroom activities, teacher qualifications, and parent education. Learn more about the high-quality standards that Texas Rising Star certified programs achieve.
Selecting an early childhood setting for your young child is an important decision you may have to make as a parent or caregiver of a young child. You will make the best possible choice for you and your child if you have strong knowledge of what you should expect when you are shopping around for care. Download “A Parent’s Guide to Choosing Care” to assist you in starting your search, knowing what key questions to ask, look for signs of quality, and help guide you through the selection process. It is a short read, but worth your time!
Remember that 80% of brain development occurs before age 4, so it is really important that you continue to stay involved with your child’s care. By staying involved you will greatly increase the chances that your child will get the highest level of care possible, which matters a lot during this critical period of brain development! Remember this when thinking about being involved in your child’s care.