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Austin Childcare

Locating the right child care can be a major step in finding the best place to live and raise a family. With roughly 200 child care facilities in the Austin area, knowing where to start can be a challenge. Use the resources below to search and learn more about the different services available.

Licensed Child Care

To search for a specific type of child care by location, visit the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services licensed child care database. You can also call Family Connections at (512) 327-7660 to speak to a referral specialist who can help locate the type of care that meets your needs.

After School Care

For working parents, it is important to have a safe place for their children to be during the hours right after school, before going home. To search a list of 56 area elementary school programs by school district, visit Extend-A-Care. The Austin Independent School District (AISD) also offers Third Base after school care programs in North, Central and South Austin.

Child Care Tips

Follow these helpful tips when selecting a child care provider:

  • Look at all your options, from non-profits and churches to private and public child care providers.
  • Verify that the facility is licensed by the state.
  • Schedule a visit.
  • Make sure the facility is clean, safe (e.g., there are no hazardous utensils or exposed electrical outlets in reach) and in good condition.
  • Confirm that the staff is prepared for emergencies and has medical records for all children.
  • Ask about staff qualifications and turnover.
  • Get the contact information of other parents and call them with any questions.