Chapter 42 of the Texas Human Resources Code requires the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS) to regulate child care and child-placing activities in Texas, to investigate alleged abuse/neglect in child-care facilities, and to create and enforce minimum standards. [learn more]

What's New in Licensing?

The public comment period for proposed rule changes related to central registry findings and admission assessment requirements in Chapters 745, 748, and 749 in the Texas Register was February 13 through March 16, 2015. [learn more]

Minimum Standards

Day Care Operations

Chapter 743 Minimum Standards for Shelter Care

Chapter 744 Minimum Standards for School-Age and Before or After-School Programs

Chapter 746 Child-Care Centers

Chapter 747 Registered and Licensed Child-Care Homes

Supporting Documents
24-Hour Residential Care Operations & Child-Placing Agencies

Chapter 748 General Residential Operations and Residential Treatment Centers

Chapter 749, Child-Placing Agencies

Chapter 750, Independent Foster Homes

Supporting Documents


Background Checks

Each minimum standards chapter has an appendix that includes TAC 745 Subchapter F rules relating to background checks.  Those rules reference charts that specify whether a conviction permanently or temporarily bars a person from being present at an operation while children are in care, whether a person is eligible for a risk evaluation, and whether a person who is eligible may be present at the operation pending the outcome of the risk evaluation. See the Criminal Convictions Charts page for more information.