All childcare establishments in the State of Texas are regulated by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Child Care Licensing (CCL) division. Their website is www.dfps.state.tx.us/child_care/ or by calling the Regional Office at 817-321-8604 or (800)-582-8286. The regional office is located at 1501 Circle Drive, Suite 310, Fort Worth, TX 76119The City of Arlington’s Environmental Services Division routinely conducts food service, environmental health and safety and playground inspections of child care centers, mother’s day out and after school programs. Persons who work in child care facilities must have a Child Care Workers permit, Mantoux Tuberculosis Test, First Aid and CPR Training. For more information, please contact Aimee Rockhill-Carpenter, RS, Health Services Manager at 817-459-6656 or Aimee Rockhill-Carpenter@arlingtontx.govNoticeEffective January 15, 2008, a Child Care Center Director who is licensed, as such, by the State of Texas may give this training to their Child Care Center Workers. To do so they must register with the City of Arlington by submitting a copy of their State Certification and a copy of their class curriculum to be approved by the City of Arlington’s Health Division. Class must be at least two (2) hours in length and curriculum must include training in the following area:
- Classroom Management – Child/Worker ratio requirements, classroom management (discipline & guidance practices) and supervisory requirements.
- Basic food service if food is prepared and served on-site. State required temperatures and related procedures for cooking, holding, cool down, serving and storage of foods. Utensil washing and sanitizing of utensils and equipment.
- Basic food service if only snacks are provided from an approved source are served on-site; storage and serving requirements.
- Effective worker and child hand washing techniques.
- Proper sanitation of sippy cups, toys, table surfaces, etc.
- Recognizing common childhood illnesses and understanding of exclusion requirements.
- Emergency – Policy for handling emergencies, evacuation and relocation plans.
- Proper steps in diaper changing.
- Playground – recognizing hazards.
- Recognizing abuse and neglect.
Should you require additional information, please contact the Health Services, in Community Development & Planning at 817-459-6502.
Child Care Worker’s Permit
The Child Care Worker’s Permit is required for all persons who own a child care center, or whose work involves caring for children. Permits are obtained by attending a 2-hour training class on child care safety and sanitation, food safety, and communicable disease prevention. The Child Care Worker’s Permit costs $20.00 and is valid for three years.Child Care Worker training can be obtained by:
Child Care Plan Review
All new or remodeled child care centers are required to submit plans to be reviewed for compliance with health code regulations. As a part of this process, construction or structural design inspections are performed. All facilities must go through this process before a health permit to operate can be issued. For more information, please contact Aimee Rockhill-Carpenter, RS, Health Services Manager at 817-459-6656 or Aimee Rockhill-Carpenter@arlingtontx.govIn addition to the health permit, a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is also required. The CO application form can be found online at www.arlingtontx.gov/cdp/building-zoning-forms but must be applied for in-person at the Community Development & Planning Department, which is located on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 101 W. Abram, phone number 817-459-6502.