The process for getting a permit to operate a day care in Texas is designed to protect children by building a cooperative relationship between the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and the applicant. Please become familiar with general requirements, rules, and resources before you apply

Here you will find out how to get started if you want to start a child-care operation either in your home or at a center outside your home.  

First, read this Guide to Child Care in Texas and consider which type of care is best for you. Then choose the type of day care you are interested in providing and follow one of the two links below for more information.

Choose your Day Care Facility Type Below

Become a Day Care Center Provider Become a Day Care Home Provider

If you need to become a 24-Hour Residential Provider click here.