are some Texas resources that support my work with children and
is published by the Texas Workforce Commission in cooperation
with state agencies that support the early care and education of young children.
Explore these sites for more Texas-specific information.
Texas Workforce Commission is charged with overseeing
and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers in
Texas. It supports child care employment programs and administers Texas child-care
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is
charged with protecting children, elderly adults, and people with disabilities
from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The DFPS child care licensing division
regulates both in-home and center-based child care facilities; training requirements;
and background checks.
Texas Department of State Health Services promotes
optimal health for individuals and communities by offering information on child
and family health, mental health, and substance abuse services.
Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services helps
identify children with disabilities and provides Early Childhood Intervention
services and information for children birth to age 3.
Texas Education Agency provides guidance and resources
to help schools meet the educational needs of Texas students. TEA is responsible
of services to children with disabilities over the age of 3 under the federally
mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Where can I find more information on how children grow and learn?
Zero to Three is a national
organization that promotes the healthy development
of infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening
families and those who work on their behalf by advancing
current knowledge; communicating and promoting beneficial
policies and practices; and providing training, technical
assistance, and leadership development.
National Head Start Association addresses the needs of Head Start children
and their families by advocating for policies that strengthen services, providing
training and professional development, and developing and disseminating research,
information, and resources.
National Child Care Information Center is a service of the Child Care Bureau,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It serves as a national clearinghouse
and technical assistance center that links parents, providers, policy-makers,
researchers, and the public to early care and education information.
The Children's Learning Institute is a clearinghouse for quality program
development. The center trains teachers and child care providers, collects
and evaluates assessment data, and develops resource materials for early
childhood programs in Texas.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Developmentis
part of the National Institutes of Health, a component of the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services. The NICHD has primary responsibility for conducting
and supporting basic and clinical research in the biomedical, behavioral, and
social sciences relating to child and maternal health.
Defense Fund is a national advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring
every child a healthy, fair, safe, and moral start with special focus on poor
and minority children and those with disabilities.