State and Community Resources

Tips for Parents

These tips for parents give advice on topics ranging from bullying to water safety.  Included are tips for children of all age groups – babies, toddlers, kids, preteens, and teens, plus quick video tips.  

Kids' Activities

Looking for something for your kids to do? Download these games and activities. They're fun, and they teach your kids some important lessons.

2-1-1

2-1-1 Texas is a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that provides a registry of resources and services by zip code.  It is committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services and resources they need. 

Square Meals

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides lunches to more than 3 million Texas children in school and residential child care institutions.  The NSLP serves nutritious, low-cost or free lunches to students in public and non-profit private schools in Texas.

Texas Women, Infants and Children

WIC offers tips on breast feeding, formula and food packages that are based on the latest nutrition guidelines. The WIC food packages offer fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, yogurt, and baby food in addition to cereal, eggs, juice, peanut butter and beans. Overall, WIC offers a variety of foods to help you make smart choices for you and your family.

Childcare Licensing, Health and Safety of Children and Elderly

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) works with communities to protect children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also works to protect the health and safety of children in daycare, as well as foster care and other types of 24-hour care. 

 

Children with Disabilities

In Texas, school district Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) provide special education and related services for eligible children with disabilities ages 3-5. PPCD refers to the services provided by the school district, not to the place where they are provided.  Eligible children may receive PPCD services in a variety of settings such as pre-kindergarten, resource, and self-contained classrooms or in community settings such as Head Start and pre-school. Learn more HERE.

DADS - Texas Department of Health and Human Services

DADS offers home and community services for children with disabilities. Services may include medical care through Medicaid, attendant care in your home or modifying your home to make it easier for your child to live in. These services may be different than what is available through your local school district or other state agencies.   

Early Childhood Intervention

In Texas, children between the ages of birth and 36 months can receive services from Early Childhood Intervention ("ECI") if their children need additional support to meet developmental milestones in areas such as language, motor development, adaptive behaviors such as feeding, or learning and play skills 

 

Child Support

Texas Attorney General’s Office – Division of Child Support

As the official child support enforcement agency for the State of Texas, the Office of the Attorney General provides services for parents who wish to obtain or provide support for their children. 

 

Preschool, Childcare and other Services

Head Start and Early Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5. In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services. Head Start services are responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

The Texas Workforce Commission

Parents who work, attend school or participate in job training may be eligible for financial assistance with child-care.

 

Looking for high quality preK in your area?

3 and 4 yr old Public Prekindergarten

Most elementary schools in the state offer free public preK to eligible 3 and 4 year old children.  Go to your closest elementary school or district administrative office and to obtain more information or contact Howard Morrison at TEA at howard.morrison@tea.texas.gov 

2-1-1

2-1-1 Texas is a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that provides a registry of resources and services by zip code.  It is committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services and resources they need. 

Prekindergarten Prepares

Visit the Prekindergarten Prepares website.

Texas School Ready

Texas School Ready! website

The Texas School Ready! program certifies early childhood programs across the state of Texas that demonstrate effective preparation of their students for kindergarten.

To find a Texas School Ready! certified classroom in your community, visit the Texas School Ready! website.