Office of Community Care

Office of Community Care

Early Childhood and Out of School Time Services Program (ECOSTS)

Child Care Assistance, which is a component of the Early Childhood and Out of School Time Services program (ECOSTS), is designed to assist the "working poor" or full-time students with the cost of child care for a maximum of one (1) year. This program handles child care subsidies for income eligible parent(s). In addition, child care information, referrals, and workshops for parents/providers are offered. The Adolescent Parent Program component of ECOSTS Services seeks to provide quality child care for children of adolescent parents who are full-time students. Information is available by calling program staff at 214-670-8838.

Need help with childcare? (Adobe PDF)

Necesita ayuda con el servicio de guardera? (Adobe PDF En Español)

ECOSTS Provider Assistance Program Grant

City of Dallas - ECOSTS Provider Assistance Program.pdf

Applications open on November 5, 2021 and will close on December 7, 2021.

Please download application to complete. Email completed applications to Lucy Hernandez at

Child Care Facility

To legally operate a Child Care Facility (see Day Homes below) within a residential area, a Specific Use Permit (SUP) is required. A complete zoning application must be submitted to:

Current Planning Division
City Hall, Room 5BN 
1500 Marilla
Dallas, Texas 75201

For questions related to zoning applications, call the Department of Planning and Development at 214-670-4209, Monday through Friday, between 8 A.M. and 5 P.M.

Child Care Licensing

To apply for a childcare license, call the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services at 214-951-7902.