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NEW Proposed Rule Changes

The public comment period for the following proposed rule changes in the Texas Register is May 2 through June 2, 2014.

The public comment period for the following proposed rule changes in the Texas Register is May 9 through June 9, 2014

Comments about the proposed rule changes can be emailed to cclrules@dfps.state.tx.us

Important Updates from the 83rd Legislative Session

Adopted Rule Changes

The following adopted rule changes relating to the definition of a listed family home, initial permits, administrative reviews, and training for licensed administrators will go into effect June 1, 2014:

The following adopted rule changes relating to vaccine preventable diseases, annual sanitation inspections, outdoor loose-fill surfacing materials, emergency preparedness plans, safe sleep practices, the definition of a primary caregiver in a registered or licensed child care home, and miscellaneous updates will go into effect June 1, 2014:

The following adopted rule changes relating to applications from military service men and women, military veterans, and military spouses will go into effect March 1, 2014.

The following adopted rule changes relating to controlling persons were effective March 1, 2013:

The following adopted rule changes relating to confidentiality of abuse or neglect records were effective March 1, 2013:

The following adopted rule changes relating to background checks were effective December 1, 2012:

The following adopted rule changes relating to cribs, health checks, and safe sleep were effective December 1, 2012:

Child Care Licensing Rules in the Texas Administrative Code

Child Care Licensing Rules currently in effect can be found in the Texas Administrative Code under Title 40, Part 19, in the following chapters:

  • Chapter 745 consists of rules that clarify general licensing procedures essential to the regulation of all child-care operations and some residential child-care minimum standard rules.
Day Care Rules:
  • Chapter 743 consists of minimum standard rules for shelter care programs.
  • Chapter 744 consists of minimum standard rules for school-age and before- or after-school programs.
  • Chapter 746 consists of minimum standard rules for licensed child-care centers.
  • Chapter 747 consists of minimum standard rules for registered and licensed child-care homes.
24-Hour Residential Care Rules:
  • Chapter 748 consists of minimum standard rules for residential child-care operations: general residential operations and residential treatment centers.
  • Chapter 749 consists of minimum standard rules for residential child-care operations: child-placing agencies.
  • Chapter 750 consists of minimum standard rules for residential child-care operations: independent foster homes.