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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.

Further, TWC coordinates services for people who are Blind and Visually Impaired.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) works with communities to promote safe and healthy families and protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation through investigations, services and referrals, and prevention programs.

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 Health and Human Services (HHS) is charged with the administration of medical and mental health services including Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and benefits, and substance abuse services for adults and youth. HHS also manages and monitors licensing, credentialing, and regulation of all child care operations and child placing agencies including compliance with state licensing standards, rules, and laws; background checks; complaint investigations; public information related to child care operations; and technical assistance to child care programs.

HHS offers support to families with children with disabilities and developmental delays including autism; blindness and visual impairment, deafness and hearing impairments, and Early Childhood Intervention Services.

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 Development is 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.