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What is Child Care Licensing?

Smiling Mother and ChildThe Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DPFS) charges Child Care Licensing (CCL) with ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of children who are in child care homes by:

  • issuing permits to child care providers before they begin caring for children;
  • conducting routine inspections to ensure compliance with the rules and laws;
  • investigating allegations of abuse, neglect, and non-compliance with the rules and laws; and
  • initiating administrative procedures for permit holders who do not follow rules and laws.

Definitions of terms on this page:

  • Permit - Written authorization from CCL to operate a child care facility
  • Compliance - Meeting or exceeding CCL requirements