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What are some Texas resources that support my work with children and families?
is published by the Texas Workforce Commission in cooperation with state agencies that support the early care and education of young children. Explore these sites for more Texas-specific information.

Texas Workforce Commission is charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers in Texas. It supports child care employment programs and administers Texas child-care subsidies.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is charged with protecting children, elderly adults, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The DFPS child care licensing division regulates both in-home and center-based child care facilities; training requirements; and background checks.

Texas Department of State Health Services promotes optimal health for individuals and communities by offering information on child and family health, mental health, and substance abuse services.

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services helps identify children with disabilities and provides Early Childhood Intervention services and information for children birth to age 3.

Texas Education Agency provides guidance and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of Texas students. TEA is responsible of services to children with disabilities over the age of 3 under the federally mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Where can I find more information on how children grow and learn?

Zero to Three
is a national organization that promotes the healthy development of infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families and those who work on their behalf by advancing current knowledge; communicating and promoting beneficial policies and practices; and providing training, technical assistance, and leadership development.

National Head Start Association addresses the needs of Head Start children and their families by advocating for policies that strengthen services, providing training and professional development, and developing and disseminating research, information, and resources.

National Child Care Information Center is a service of the Child Care Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It serves as a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that links parents, providers, policy-makers, researchers, and the public to early care and education information.

The Children's Learning Institute is a clearinghouse for quality program development. The center trains teachers and child care providers, collects and evaluates assessment data, and develops resource materials for early childhood programs in Texas.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Developmentis part of the National Institutes of Health, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NICHD has primary responsibility for conducting and supporting basic and clinical research in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences relating to child and maternal health.

Children’s Defense Fund is a national advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring every child a healthy, fair, safe, and moral start with special focus on poor and minority children and those with disabilities.