Anyone with children knows that
finding a balance between working and
raising children is always challenging,
and part of that balance usually includes
some type of childcare. Luckily, there are
many organizations that help families
ease the burden of finding safe, quality
care for their children.
The Austin area has hundreds of childcare
facilities, including nonprofit, church and
other community childcare centers; private
centers; and company-sponsored childcare.
Waiting lists tend to be long at some
centers and preschools, so make visiting
facilities, narrowing down options, and
getting on waiting lists a priority when
you first move into town.
Parents can get information on individual
childcare facilities (i.e. licensing, accreditation) through the National Association
for the Education of Young Children and
information about specific providers in
your area through the Texas Department
of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).
The most helpful DFPS tool for parents is
the online database and search form on
the DFPS website that helps families
locate nearby providers. On the form,
parents can select from options that fit
your family’s needs, such as:
• Type: Preference for a center or a
• Age: Whether your child is newborn,
toddler, preschool or school age;
• Need: Whether your child requires
special care; or
• Hours: Help after school, part-time,
or on weekends
Parents can then enter their ZIP code and get
a list of providers that are close to home or
work. For more information, call the daycare
information hotline at 800-862-5252 or
visit www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_Care. For
general information and childcare
resources, visit www.dfps.state.tx.us.
The DFPS website also lists childcare
standards and regulations, as well as protects children against abuse or neglect.
Report suspected abuse issues by calling
800-252-5400, or through the secure
DFPS website: www.txabusehotline.org.
The following are resources for local and
national childcare information and organizations. For additional information – and to see
a more comprehensive listing of area childcare resources and preschools – visit
Austin Child Guidance Center
810 West 45th Street
Austin, TX 78751
Focused on the mental health and well
being of children, the Austin Child
Guidance Center has been helping children under 18 and their families gain the
emotional skills to meet life’s challenges