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The Cost of Child Care: Know Your Options

By Danielle Kiser

Donated Article

Parents want the best for their children and do their best to provide safety, joy and learning at all age levels. They also want to know these needs are met when they can’t be with their children. Most parents need child care at some time, but deciding who will care for your child is complicated and personal.


From traditional to innovative, there are many different types of child care available and several factors to consider when making a choice for your family. What’s more, child care is expensive, plain and simple. This guide was created to help parents make informed decisions about child care and understand the financial implications of your decision. With a structured approach, asking the right questions and assessing your individual needs, you can find a child care provider that works for your family.


In this article:

  • How Much Does Child Care Cost?
  • Child Care Options
  • How do I pay for Child Care?
  • Private Payment
  • COVID-19 Child Care Considerations
  • Creative Insight on Child Care
  • Child Care Resources by State
  • Additional Child Care Resources


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COVID-19 Tips

Do not use hand sanitizers!

USDA does not recognize hand sanitizer as a method of cleaning hands, because it is not as effective as regular soap and water.

For more information about Covid-19, click here.

COVID-19 Tips

Remember: Children mimic what they see.

If a grownup doesn’t practice proper hygiene, why should they?

For more information about Covid-19, click here.

Chef Bob's Cookbook!

As you know, our Recipes page has been under construction for quite some time as we work on creating a great place to find healthy, child-friendly means.

We are excited to announce that it is now online!  Chef Bob's Cookbook is available when you click on the Recipes icon located at the top right corner of this page (desktop view), or in the dropdown panel (digital device).  Just look for the picture of an open recipe book, and that will take you to our new recipes page.

We don't yet have a lot of recipes posted, but give us time.  Pretty soon, we'll offer you so many recipes, we could fill a book!

Interested in contributing to our recipes page?  Fantastic!  We are always looking for donated recipes so long as they're child-friendly (which means no alcohol can be listed in the ingredients).

If you would like to donate a recipe, then please fill out this form: Donations.  Be sure to follow the notes posted or your recipe won't be accepted.

If this page doesn't work, please send a detail description to staceyr@childfoodprogramoftexas.org.

We are doing away with File Cabinet!

The time has come that we no longer have a need for the File Cabinet.  It was great while it lasted though.

If you are still using your File Cabinet folder, contact the office immediately!

We have moved onto something even better, and we want to make sure we don't leave you behind.

Calling Your Monitor

Please respect that our employees have personal lives. If you need to reach your monitor, we would appreciate it if you would only call or text during our office hours.

Our office hours are:

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Thank you for understanding

Child Food Program of Texas

is proud to announce that

we now sponsor

At Risk Children and Shelters!

We have been in the process of updating our website to bring you the latest information regarding claim reimbursement, and are proud to announce that we now extend our sponsorship to two additional branches. As you can see, each branch we cover is color coded. This is because, at one point, our daycare homes and daycare centers were colored by their computer software. To keep things easy, we've decided to continue using this method.

Daycare Homes | Daycare Centers

Emergency/Placement Children's Shelters

Low-Income At-Risk Sites

Daycare Centers,

Shelters, and At-Risk Sites

My Simple Menu

My Simple Menu is up and running!

Please bear with us if you are not yet on the program as we only transfer a handful at a time. Stay alert for your welcome letter and instructional guide.

Site Update: 3/4/2021

Major Site updates.


If you run into any errors, please send a detailed description to staceyr@childfoodprogramoftexas.org.

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(877) 395-6560

Mailing Address

PO Box 5465

Katy, TX 77491


(281) 395-7000

Physical Address

1150 S. Mason Rd

Suite 108

Katy, TX 77450


(281) 395-7002

Office Hours

M-F 9am - 5pm

Sat-Sun Closed

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