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Child Care Center Inspection Program

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.  Child Care Licensing information can be obtained by visiting their regional office at 1501 Circle Drive, Suite 310, Fort Worth, TX 76119, calling 817-321-8604 or 1-800-582-8286 or visiting their website at www.dfps.state.tx.us/child_care.

Arlington’s Health 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 City of Arlington Child Care Workers Permit, Background and Central Registry check,  Mantoux Tuberculosis Test, First Aid and CPR Training.

More information about Arlington’s Child Care Center requirements can be found at:

Child Care Plan Review

Plans and specification for the Child Care Center must be submitted to the Community Development and Planning Department located at City Hall, 101 W. Abram, 2nd floor, telephone 817-459-6502, for review and approval. For more information, contact Aimee Rockhill-Carpenter, RS, Health Services Manager at 817-459-6656 or Aimee Rockhill-Carpenter@arlingtontx.gov.

In addition to the Health Permit, a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is also required. The CO application 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.

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 may be obtained online or through one of the approved Child Care Trainers listed below.

  • Texas Child Care Class
  • Child Care Worker Training may also be obtained through an approved Child Care Worker Trainer

Child Care Center Directors who are licensed 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 course curriculum for approval by the City of Arlington’s Health Division. Class must be at least two (2) hours in length.  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 only if snacks are provided from an approved source and 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.

Report a violation online by clicking here to Contact Ask Arlington.

Click here to view recent health inspection reports for Arlington’s childcare establishments.