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Peace of mind is important for parents who work or go to school when it comes to their child care needs. Health and Human Services recognizes that and regards a child’s well-being with the utmost importance. HHS has programs in place with the best interests of the child and parent in mind when it comes to child care operations across Texas.

Child Care Licensing is a statewide program that regulates child care operations and child-placing agencies to protect the health, safety and well-being of children in out-of-home care. CCL inspects child care operations, making sure they meet the standards Texas has set. We put the reports of every inspection online so parents can make the right choice for their children.

Types of Child Care

Child Care Licensing has two programs. See the Frequently Asked Questions for specific types of operations CCL regulates.

Child Care Licensing

Child Care Licensing issues permits and monitors center-based and home-based operations caring for children 13 or younger for less than 24 hours a day while parents or guardians are at work or school.

Residential Child Care Licensing

Child Care Licensing issues permits and monitors operations and child-placing agencies providing around-the-clock care for children 17 or younger whose parents or guardians are temporarily or permanently unable to care for them. Residential child care includes agencies providing adoption services.

How Child Care Licensing Regulates


Child Care Licensing inspects licensed and registered operations to evaluate the minimum standards, rule and law. When CCL observes a violation, it issues a deficiency, notifies the operation in writing and posts the deficiency on the operation’s public online record.


Child Care Licensing investigates reports and complaints of possible violations of minimum standards, rule or law.

CCL also investigates operations that might be providing child care without a permit. These operations are called unregulated or illegal operations. The goal of all investigations is to reduce risk to children and prevent further harm.

To report a possible violation of minimum standards, child abuse or neglect at a child care operation, call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 800-252-5400 or go to

Technical Assistance and Training

Got infants or toddlers? Get online training to strengthen the quality of care you provide. Learn more about this program.

Child Care Licensing offers technical assistance to child care operations and parents during pre-application orientation sessions, inspections, investigations and community outreach activities. Areas of frequent technical assistance include:

  • Meeting minimum standards. Learn more about Minimum Standards.
  • Safe sleep environments for children.
  • Child guidance and discipline.
  • Transportation and water safety.
  • Child health and safety.

Visit the Technical Assistance Library.