Subchapter A. Minimum Standard Rule Revisions that May Affect Compliance

744.123 What do certain words and terms mean when used in this chapter?

This new rule will include content from repealed rule 744.105 with revisions outlined in the table below. The terms listed in columns 2, 3 and 4 are included in this rule, while the terms in column 1 were moved from this rule to the only rule for which they apply and the terms in column 5 were deleted because they already exist in the rule for which they apply. Roll over or click on the terms to see how they will be defined.

1. Moved from this rule

2. Moved to this rule

3. New

4. Modified

5. Deleted

caregiver-initiated activities



administrative and clerical duties

operation location

child-initiated activities

clock hours

governing body


creative activities

single-use area

instructor-led training

nighttime care


critical illness


self-instructional training


Certified Child-Care Professional Credential

group activities



permit is no longer valid

Child Development Associate Credential

pre-service training





child passenger safety-seat system



high school equivalent

janitorial duties




self-study training






special care needs





water activities








Additional Information About Specific Terms

sanitize - This definition was moved from repealed rule 744.2509 What does Licensing mean when it refers to "sanitizing"? and now includes content from repealed rule 744.2511 What is disinfecting solution?.


How does this affect my operation?

Your operation is now required to meet the definition of "sanitize" for each minimum standard rule that specifies a requirement to "sanitize". Currently, there are several rules with requirements to sanitize. For each of these rules, you must ensure you are sanitizing according to the new definition of "sanitize".


high school equivalent - This new definition identifies what is considered high school equivalent as referenced in 744.1105 What additional minimum qualifications must each of my caregivers meet?.


How does my operation determine acceptable documentation for homeschooling that adequately addresses basic competencies?

Texas does not require specific documentation for completion of homeschooling that addresses basic competencies otherwise met by a high school diploma or GED certificate. This means that there is no specific completion certificate or other formal form of documentation for home school completion. Homeschooling in Texas requires study of reading, math, spelling, grammar and good citizenship. In addition, homeschoolers are required to use some form of written curriculum (online programs meet this requirement). While Texas law does not require home school graduates to provide proof of studies, most will have access to the curriculum they studied.

Technical Assistance: To meet the requirement of obtaining documentation of homeschooling that adequately addresses basic competencies, consider requiring the applicant to provide or sign a written statement that he or she has completed homeschooling that addressed reading, spelling, grammar, math and good citizenship. Keeping a similar signed statement along with any records of coursework in the person's employee file will ensure availability of necessary documentation required by minimum standard rules.


You are reviewing a caregiver application and notice that the applicant, Gabby, does not have a high school diploma or GED. Gabby states that she was home schooled and finished her studies last August.

Can you hire Gabby without specific documentation confirming completion of her home school studies?


What is the purpose of ensuring caregivers meet basic competencies?

Consider many of the instances for which a caregiver's ability to read, write and understand basic math are required to perform daily job requirements. Several examples are listed below.

• keeping track of the number of children in his or her care at all times

• completing incident/illness reports

• reading manufacturer instructions

• reading minimum standard rules

• participating in and completing required training

• following daily schedules

Technical Assistance: Often, basic competencies like reading and writing can be evaluated by reviewing applications and resumes. You could also add math-based competency questions to your application.


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