Education & Training
A wealth of resources is available to both Parents and Child Care Providers from ChildCareGroup and the community at large. Through this Web Portal, Parents can learn about quality child care, watch videos, read pertinent articles, and more. Providers will have access to professional development trainings, accreditation information, and more.
Through education and training, you play a role in nurturing the great in every child.
What Makes a Quality Program?
Watch and learn about choosing child care and the CCA program to make the right decisions for your family.
- Choosing Quality Child Care
This detailed video will provide guidance on what quality child care looks like.
- Child Care Assistance – Parent Orientation
This video walks you through program guidelines and shows how to select a quality program to meet your needs.
Types of Child Care
- Registered Child Care Homes
Registered Child Care Homes provide care in the caregiver's home for up to six children under age 14; they may also take in up to six more school-age children. The number of children allowed in a home is determined by the ages of the children. No more than 12 children can be in care at any time, including children of the caregiver. The application process requires that a registered child care home provider complete an orientation class and receive clearances on background checks. A registration certificate is issued after licensing staff completes an on-site inspection to ensure minimum standards are met. Registered homes are inspected every 1-2 years and to investigate reports alleging violations of standards or child abuse/neglect.
- Licensed Child Care Homes
Licensed Child Care Homes provide care for less than 24 hours per day for 7-12 children under 14 years old in the permit holder’s own home. No more than 12 children can be in care at any given time, including children of the caregiver. The application process requires that the licensed operation provider receive orientation and background checks are conducted. A license is issued after licensing staff completes on-site inspection(s) to ensure minimum standards are met. Licensed facilities are inspected at least once every 12 months and to investigate reports alleging violations of standards or child abuse/neglect.
- Licensed Child Care Centers
Licensed child care centers provides care for seven (7) or more children for less than 24 hours per day at a location other than the child’s or caregiver home. Centers may have different names, such as preschool, or child development center, or may serve a specific population, such as school-age children.
Licensed facilities have published standards they are required to follow and are routinely monitored and inspected. The application process requires that the licensed operation provider receive orientation and background checks are conducted. A license is issued after licensing staff completes on-site inspection(s) to ensure minimum standards are met. Licensed facilities are inspected at least once every 12 months and to investigate reports alleging violations of standards or child abuse/neglect. Licensed Facilities include day care and 24 hour residential care.
- Listed/Relative Care
Parents in the Child Care Assistance program are allowed to use an eligible relative of the child as the child care provider. An eligible relative is an individual who DOES NOT live in the same household as the child, is at least 18 years old, and is by marriage, blood relationship, or court decree one of the following:
- The child’s grandparent or great grandparent
- The child’s aunt or uncle (child’s parents sibling); or
- The child’s sibling
Relatives must list with Child Care Licensing to provide regular child care. After receipt of an application and licensing background check clearances, an Issuance Letter is furnished to the relative who will be providing the child care. The Listed Family Home caregiver must be at least 18 years old, however, there are no minimum standards, orientation or training requirements for listed homes. Listed Family Homes are not inspected unless a report is received alleging child abuse/neglect, an immediate risk of danger to the health or safety of a child, and/or if providing child care that is subject to regulation.
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service, in partnership with the Department of Family & Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, offers quality online training for parents. Click here to view their current trainings. Topics include:
- Handling Infants’ and Toddlers Challenging Behavior
- Build Your Bones: Osteoporosis – Prevention and Treatment
- What Parents Need To Know about Infant and Toddler Development
- Healthy Eaters: Infant and Toddler Nutrition in the Home Environment
- Infant and Toddler Social Emotional Development
- Making Home a Place for Learning
- Parent-Caregiver Communication in Child Care Settings
- Selecting Child Care: A Guide for Parents
- Safe Sleep: Strategies for Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death
Texas Child Care Solutions
The Texas Child Care Solutions website was developed by the Texas Workforce Commission to provide parents access to accurate and consistent information to assist them in making informed choices to meet their child care needs. Click here to visit their site now.
Child Care Aware Webinars
Free Webinars for Parents from Child Care Aware ® Parent Network – offers a wide variety of topics and always FREE! Click here to view the free webinars
WonderWise Parent Online
WonderWise is offered through Kansas State University—choose from 5 free courses by clicking here
Provider Quality Ratings, Accreditations & Designations
For a list of CCA providers who have a Quality Rating or Designation please click here.
Texas Rising Star
Texas Rising Star Provider certification is a process for improving the quality of child care services provided in Texas. A Texas Rising Star Provider is a child care provider that has an agreement with CCA to serve Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) subsidized children and that voluntarily meets requirements that exceed the State's Minimum Licensing Standards for child care facilities. The Texas Rising Star Provider certification system provides graduated levels of certification as providers meet progressively higher certification requirements.
Certification as a Texas Rising Star Provider is available to Licensed Center, Licensed Child Care Home, and Registered Child Care Home providers who meet the certification criteria. The process improves the quality of child care provided, not only to TWC subsidized children, but to all children enrolled in certified facilities.
Texas School Ready!™ (TSR!™) Project
Texas School Ready!™ was implemented by the State Center for Early Childhood Development to establish a school readiness certification program for early education and child care programs. Certification is based on a child care provider’s demonstrated ability to prepare children for kindergarten. Preschool classrooms are eligible for Texas School Ready!™ Certification are composed of children who will be attending kindergarten the following school year.
Providers who earn an Accreditation is another way to judge the quality of a program. They have to meet higher standards than licensing rules. The program must offer a quality program, and it must offer activities and experiences that will improve a child's growth and development, and that will help them prepare for school. Click on a graphic below to visit that accreditation organization's website.
In order to have a quality child care program, you have to have a well-trained staff. ChildCareGroup is dedicated to providing you some free, low-cost options to help you gain your professional development requirement.
ChildCareGroup offers low cost, quality trainings to meet the needs of your staff. Click here to view some of the current trainings that are available through CCG.
Free Webinars for Every Educator
Sign up for a free webinar hosted by edWeb.net. Click here to see all of their upcoming webinars.
Professional Development for Child Care Providers Caring for Children with Special Needs
Online courses and other resources are available to help child care providers learn about best practices in inclusive child care. The online courses and resources are developed and produced by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System in cooperation with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, using funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Professional Development Training for Providers Caring for Infants and Toddler with Special Needs has online courses covering a variety of inclusive child care topics. All courses are free of charge.
Inclusive Child Care Get Started Kits for Infant and Toddler Caregivers contains tip-sheets, checklists, multi-media resources and more. Materials can be downloaded and printed at your convenience.
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M offers free online courses for child care professionals seeking to fulfill state-mandated training requirements toward the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credential. The only cost to you will be to pay a fee for the certificate! Click here to view some of the current trainings offered through Texas A&M. Topics include:
- Child Growth and Development
- Child Health
- Developmentally Appropriate Activities
- Guidance and Discipline
- Observation and Assessment
- Preventing, Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
- Professional Development
- Safety in the Child Care Setting
- SIDS, Shaken Baby Syndrome, and Brain Development
- Transportation Safety
Let's Move Free Online Trainings
Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Visit the Let's Move Free Online Trainings page to find many resources you can use in your classrooms.
Penn State University
Penn State University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have partnered to create six Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) training modules. The free online training modules provide practical strategies for implementing best practices in early care and education (ECE) settings for promoting healthy weight in young children. The modules are also an opportunity for ECE providers to obtain CEUs from Penn State and professional development credits from many states’ licensing and/or quality improvement systems. The training series includes six lessons that cover background information for childhood obesity prevention and the five best practice goals: increase physical activity, limit screen time, offer healthy beverages, serve healthy food and support infant feeding.
- Go to: http://extension.psu.edu/youth/betterkidcare
- Select "On Demand Web Lessons" button on the left menu bar
- Create an account and sign in
- Select the title of the lesson:
- Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC
- Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC — Increase Physical Activity
- Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC — Limit Screen Time
- Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC — Support Infant Feeding
- Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC — Serve Healthy Food
- Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC — Serve Healthy Beverages
Note: All of Better Kid Care's On Demand lessons are available at no cost to the participant. To receive professional developmen credit and obtain a certificate of completion there is a small fee of $5.
Better Kid Care also has many research-to-practice resources and more than 150 online modules for early care and education and school-age professionals in the areas of child growth and development, curriculum, family engagement and communication, nutrition, healt and safety, and professionalism.