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Become a Licensed Child Care Provider in Texas

Meet annual requirements for child care licensing in Texas with professional development hours from Extension online courses. Extension online courses are self-paced courses that can be taken free of charge at your convenience. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing (DFPS, CCL) regulates all childcare operations in Texas and monitors them for compliance with licensing standards to protect the health, safety, and well-being of children in care. One of the state mandated training requirements is that child care providers participate in 15 clock hours of professional development annually, while directors must receive 20 clock hours, annually. An additional 2 hours of training in transportation safety is required of any child care provider or director planning to transport children. It is recommended that these training hours come from a reputable source, such as a local school district, college, university, or CCL professional.

Clock hours may consist of documented attendance at:

One-half of your CCL annual hours can come from self-instructional programs, such as those offered by the Texas A&M University System's Extension online courses. All training must include:

Child care providers are required to receive training in the following content areas:

Remaining hours can come from…

*An additional 2 hours of training in transportation safety is required of any child care provider or director planning to transport a child/children whose chronological or development age is younger than nine years old. The person must obtain these two hours of transportation safety training prior to transporting children. Child care directors are required to receive training in the following content areas… At least 6 hours in one or more of the following:

One hour in the following if caring for children under 24 months of age:

A director with 5 or fewer years of experience as a designated director of a child-care center must also complete at least 6 clock hours of the annual training in:

A director with more than 5 years of experience as a designated director of a child-care center must complete at least 3 clock hours of annual training in:

The remainder of the 20 hours can be selected from the same categories as providers. Extension online can help you meet your professional development requirements through a vast array of topics, such as:

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