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.

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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.