Child Care Provider Resources

Child care providers play a vital role in assisting Child Care Services by offering quality child care choices and helping families become self-sufficient. WSCT contracts with a large number of licensed child care centers and licensed and/or registered child care homes in Central Texas to ensure families have a large variety of options.

How To Become A Provider

To become an eligible provider and recieve funding from WSCT Child Care Services, your child care facilities meet these requirements:

1. Have a current license with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

  • All licensed facilities have published standards they are required to follow and are routinely monitored and inspected. 
  • The application process requires that the operation provider complete an orientation and pass background checks. A license is issued after the licensing staff completes on-site inspection(s) to ensure minimum standards are met.
  • Licensed facilities are inspected at least once every 12 months and to investigate reports alleging violations.
 

For more information on child care licensing, standards & regulations, visit the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website.

2. Be a Licensed Child Care Center (LCCC), a Licensed Child Care Home (LCCH), a Registered Child Care Home (RCCH), a youth camp licensed by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), or be operated and monitored by the United States military services.

Please visit the TWC website for detailed provider program information. The TWC website also provides information on becoming an accredited provider (such as a Texas Rising Star Provider).

3. Be in Compliance with State and Federal Programs

  • The provider cannot currently be on corrective or adverse action with child care licensing.
  • The provider or any staff member cannot be in serious non-compliance, seriously deficient by, or debarred from either state or federal programs such as the child food and nutrition program.
Once the above requirements are met, you will need to contact us to complete the authorization process. You must have the following documentation to proceed:
  • A copy of your license or permit from DFPS, DSHS, or the United States military.
  • A copy of the rates you charge for child care for all age groups for which you provide services.
  • A copy of your parent handbook or information packet given to parents.

Quality Child Care Initiatives

Are you a child care provider interested in obtaining a quality child care indicator? Contact us for more information regarding obtaining certifications.

A Texas Rising Star Provider is a child care provider that voluntarily meets requirements that exceed the state’s minimum licensing standards for child care facilities. All center-based and home-based child care providers in Texas can apply to participate if they meet certain eligibility criteria.

The Texas Rising Star Provider certification system provides graduated levels of certification (two-star, three-star, and four-star) to encourage providers to attain progressively higher standards.

Download the TRS Provider Brochure in English.

Provider FAQ

Texas School Ready!™ is a program that certifies preschool education classrooms that effectively prepared their students for kindergarten. Teachers from child care centers, Head Start programs, and public school pre-kindergarten can participate.

When classrooms earn certification, they receive the Texas School Ready!™ seal with the year the certification was awarded. This tells parents and the community that the children who graduated from these classrooms went on to public school with the fundamental skills to be successful.

Learn More About How TSR Works

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