Early Childcare Education

Bills that are relevant to early childcare education research taking place at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living can be viewed below.

Early Childcare Education

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2019)
HB 51 State Rep. James Talarico Referred to Public Education - 2/25/20 The primary duties of the Office of Early Childhood are to coordinate and integrate childcare, early childhood, and early care. This office will also be in charge of learning programs in Texas in order to administer programs and funding as efficiently as possible.
HB 351 State Rep. James Talarico Scheduled for public hearing on 4/12/21 Air filtration efficiency standards for public schools, private schools, and child care facilities will protect public health of those in the facilities. Each facility should test and replace HVAC systems in order to meet air filtration efficiency standards. This testing of HVAC systems should be at least once a year.
HB 168 State Rep. Mary Gonzalez Left pending in committee - 3/16/20 The executive commissioner shall promulgate minimum standards that apply to licensed child-care facilities and to registered family homes covered by this chapter and that will meet certain requirements listed. Companion Bill: SB 1140
HB 1003 State Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr. Left pending in committee - 3/16/21 The private child care task force is established to study private child care providers in this state and methods to reduce the amounts charged for and increase the availability of child care provided by private child care providers.
HB 1364 State Rep. Ramon Romero, Jr. Out of House Committee - 4/07/21 A local workforce development board may allow a child care provider with whom the board contracts under to identify and refer to the board children who could be eligible for subsidized child care services. In making a referral under this subsection, the child care provider shall consider whether the child or the child's parent is a member of a group entitled to a priority in the provision of services provided by or in cooperation with the commission. Companion Bill: SB 971
HB 1583 State Rep. Yvonne Davis Referred to International Relations & Economic Development - 3/08/21 Each board shall create a child care advisory group consisting of both Texas Rising Star Program providers and child care providers who do not participate in the Texas Rising Star Program.
HB 1695 State Rep. John Raney Out of House Committee - 4/07/21 In establishing reimbursement rates for child care providers participating in the commission's subsidized child care program, each board shall equalize the amount that child care providers providing care to children in the same commission age group receive based on the maximum number of children the provider may enroll under the child-to-caregiver ratios and group sizes adopted by the Health and Human Services Commission. Companion Bill: SB 1555
HB 1761 State Rep. Julie Johnson Referred to Human Services - 3/10/21 The task force is established to study the accessibility and affordability of child care in this state.
HB 1792 State Rep. Angie Chen Button Out of House Committee - 4/07/21 The commission shall, using a competitive procurement process that complies with all federal and state laws, select a single entity to oversee a statewide roster of qualified assessors to evaluate child care providers participating in the Texas Rising Star Program during the initial certification process and when a provider applies for a higher level of certification. Companion Bill: SB 694
HB 1964 State Rep. Ray Lopez Left pending in committee - 3/24/21 The commission shall conduct a study in this state regarding the cost, in comparison to family income, of providing Previous child care that meets at least the minimum quality requirements for certification as a three-star rating provider under the Texas Rising Star Program.
HB 2038 State Rep. James Talarico Referred to Natural Resources - 3/15/21 Each public water system shall fully replace lead service lines in each public school, private school, and child care facility that is served by the public water system. The replacement shall be paid for by the public water system, regardless of ownership of any portion of the service line, and shall be performed in coordination with the relevant municipality, school, or child care facility. The replacement must conform to the commission's technical guidance under Section 341.055.
SB 694 State Sen. Judith Zaffirini Referred to Health & Human Services - 3/11/21 The commission shall, using a competitive procurement process that complies with all federal and state laws, select a single entity to oversee a statewide roster of qualified assessors to evaluate child care providers participating in the Texas Rising Star Program during the initial certification process and when a provider applies for a higher level of certification. Companion Bill: HB 1792
SB 971 State Sen. Judith Zaffirini Referred to Education - 3/11/21 A local workforce development board may allow a child care provider with whom the board contracts under to identify and refer to the board children who could be eligible for subsidized child care services. In making a referral under this subsection, the child care provider shall consider whether the child or the child's parent is a member of a group entitled to a priority in the provision of services provided by or in cooperation with the commission. Companion Bill: HB 1364
SB 1140 State Sen. Judith Zaffirini Referred to Health & Human Services - 3/18/21 The executive commissioner shall promulgate minimum standards that apply to licensed child-care facilities and to registered family homes covered by this chapter and that will meet certain requirements listed. Companion Bill: HB 168
SB 1555 State Sen. Judith Zaffirini Referred to Natural Resources & Economic Development - 3/24/21 In establishing reimbursement rates for child care providers participating in the commission's subsidized child care program, each board shall equalize the amount that child care providers providing care to children in the same commission age group receive based on the maximum number of children the provider may enroll under the child-to-caregiver ratios and group sizes adopted by the Health and Human Services Commission. Companion Bill: HB 1695
SB 1793 State Sen. Royce West Referred to Education - 3/26/21 Relating to the eligibility of certain children who are enrolled in a child care services program administered by the Texas Workforce Commission for free prekindergarten programs in public schools.
SB 1800 State Sen. Royce West Referred to Health & Human Services - 3/26/21 The Health and Human Services Commission shall work with the Texas Workforce Commission and local workforce development boards to increase the availability and accessibility of quality Previous child care in this state. The Health and Human Services Commission shall focus on areas of the state where the number of individuals needing child care exceeds the number of available openings with child care providers in the area.
SB 1960 State Sen. Royce West Referred to Education - 4/01/21 Relating to the eligibility of certain children who are or were in foster care for free prekindergarten programs in public schools.
SB 1964 State Sen. Royce West Referred to Natural Resources & Economic Development - 4/01/21 A child is eligible for subsidized child care if the child is eligible for enrollment in a prekindergarten class in a public school under Section 29.153, Education Code.

Early Childcare Education Resources:

  1. Resources about Indoor Air Quality for Child Care Providers 
  2. Early Childhood Education in Texas 
  3. Early Childhood Education for Children with Disabilities 
  4. Reducing the Spread of Illness in Child Care 
  5. Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs 
  6. Healthy Kids Healthy Future  
  7. Healthy Kids, Healthy Future Child Care Quiz 
  8. GO NAPSACC! Build healthy eating and physical activity habits 
  9. ECELS: Early Childhood Education Linkage System 
  10. Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit