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Texas is working hard to ensure the health and safety of all of its citizens. It is important that we all work to practice social distancing and limiting our contacts with others during this time. If you are able to have a family member, relative, or trusted neighbor care for you children in lieu of a child care provider, we encourage you to do so. While our child care facilities will follow the Health and Safety Minimum Standards for Child Care provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Centers for Disease Control Supplemental Guide for Child Care the simplest way to avoid COVID-19 is to limit your children’s exposure to others.

There are thousands of workers who will qualify as COVID-19 Frontline Essential Workers. In order to help prioritize available child care, the following essential workers are given priority:

  • Healthcare and pharmacy workers
  • First responders
  • Workers in child care services, in support of workers in other essential functions
  • Critical infrastructure workers in grocery, utilities, and trucking
  • Other identified infrastructure workers, which include critical state and local government staff; mail/delivery services; nursing homes, home health care and other direct care providers; banks; gas stations; military; and restaurants and other food delivery

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Find available regulated child care

Click here to visit the statewide Frontline Child Care Availability Portal to search for available regulated child care near your home or work. You will find a map of licensed child care centers, licensed homes, and registered homes, along with operating hours and number of available seats by child age.

Find available child care provider for my home

Explore additional care opportunities provided in your home, including flexible hours, overnight and weekend care, and supports for children with special needs. These agencies are not regulated by Texas HHSC.

AgriLife Trainings

FREE online training is available to support families and child care providers during this time! These courses were developed through a collaboration between the Governor's Texas Frontline Child Care Task Force, specialists in child and early child development, health, disaster assessment and recovery and family economics from AgriLife's Family and Community Health Unit. It also included experts from the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, Children’s Learning Institute, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Texas Department of State Health Services. Visit the AgriLife website, or click directly on a link below.

The first three trainings available now are: