Helpful Phone Numbers and Websites

The internet is full of websites that can help parents who are raising kids. Here are a few websites worth checking out and toll-free phone numbers you can call to learn more.

Advice for Raising Children

Raising Texas provides services that support physical, mental, and emotional development for all children. Visit the Raising Texas website to learn more.  

Don’t Be In the Dark. Learn the facts before trusting your child to someone else’s care. The Don't Be In the Dark website is sponsored by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. 

Room To Breathe. Find out ways to put your baby to sleep safely. The Room to Breathe website is sponsored by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. 

Healthy Texas Babies is a program to help parents ensure a healthy start for their newborn child.

Learn how to recognize and prevent child abuse at the Help for Parents Hope for Kids website.

Getting Help to Support Your Child’s Development

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is a program for families that have infants and toddlers with developmental delays. ECI helps families through family support and learning activities. If a child has delays in development, it’s best to find those  as early as possible. Infants and toddlers can get ECI services until they turn 3 years old. To learn more, call 1-800-628-5115 (free call) or visit the ECI website. For children 3 years and older, call your local school district’s Special Education office.

The Partners Resource Network offers PATH, a training and information center for parents of children with disabilities. PATH offers resources and referrals for your child and access to other parents who have children with similar special needs. Call 1-800-866-4726 (free call) or visit the Partners Resource Network website.

Texas Parent to Parent works to improve the lives of Texas children who have disabilities, long-term illness, or special health care needs. This support group matches parents with other parents who have children with disabilities or long-term health issues. To learn more, visit the Texas Parent to Parent website.

Help Finding Licensed Childcare

You can find a list of childcare centers and homes in your area that have been inspected and licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Call the DFPS Day Care Information Line at 1-800-862-5252 (free call) or visit the Search Texas Childcare website.

Early Head Start serves pregnant teens, young pregnant women, and children ages 0 to 3 years. Head Start serves children ages 3 to 5 years old. Learn more by visiting the Texas Head Start website or call 1-866-282-7780 (free call) to find the Head Start program closest to you.

Texas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (TACCRRA) helps parents find childcare. They also help child care providers with better resources. Learn more about services for children having trouble at home or school. Call 1-866-892-4453 (free call) or visit the TACCRRA website.

2-1-1 Texas has facts about a service for low-income, working families who need help paying for childcare. 2-1-1 Texas also can help families that make too much money to get help paying for childcare. Call 2-1-1 or visit the 2-1-1 Texas website.

Has your child swallowed, breathed in, or touched something poisonous?
Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. That’s a free call.

Health Services

You can learn about a wide variety of health services for children and parents. Call the Family and Community Health Services hotline at 1-800-252-8023 (free call) or visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website.

The Women, Infant, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) gives nutrition education, food supplements, and help finding health and social services. The program is for pregnant, breastfeeding, and women who have just had a baby, as well as infants and children under the age of 5 who do not eat enough healthy food. Families with low income and poor diet might be able to get services through WIC. To learn more, call 1-800-942-3678 (free call) to find the WIC office closest to you. To learn more about breastfeeding visit the Every Ounce Counts website or call 1-800-514-6667That’s a free call.

The Children with Special Health Care Needs program helps children with special medical needs, disabilities, and long-term illnesses. Benefits include payments for medical care, family support services, and other services not covered by Medicaid, CHIP, or private insurance. Visit the Children with Special Health Care Needs website or call 1-800-252-8023That’s a free call.

Car Seat and Bike Safety Information

The Safe Riders Traffic Safety Program offers advice on bike helmets and how to buy car seats and put them in the car the right way. Call Safe Riders at 1-800-252-8255 (free call) or visit the Safe Rider website.

Help Your Child Deal with the Effects of Asthma

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set up, a website dedicated to helping children with asthma. Look for the link that opens the Funbook.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On this website look for the link that opens “Help Your Child Gain Control Over Asthma.”

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has a book, “So You Have Asthma.”

Find Your Local Library

Go to the Texas State Library website and look under “Quick Links” for “Find a Library.” You can also look in your local phone directory’s blue government pages.

Learn More about Health Insurance You Can Get

Visit the Texas Health Options website or call 1-800-252-3439 (free call) to speak to a staff member with the Texas Department of Insurance.

For Low- or No-Cost Health Care Coverage

Visit the CHIP/Children’s Medicaid website or call 1-877-543-7669 (1-877-KIDS-NOW). That’s a free call. You also can call 2-1-1, and ask about health insurance programs in your area for low-income families.