Parent Leader: Avonda Fox, a Texas parent leader who has participated in several of NACCRRA’s Parents @ Symposium programs, was the lead advocate in getting “Jacob’s Law” enacted in Texas in 2007. Jacob’s Law was named in the memory of her son, whose life was lost due to negligence at a child care center when he was left in an overheated van. Jacobs’s Law requires child care business owners, operators and employees of child care centers and group day care center homes, registered family homes and other centers who transport children younger than 9 years old to complete at least 2 hours of annual training on transportation safety. Jacob’s Law now requires all child care employees to be fingerprinted as part of background checks and that all directors are present at the facility during inspections.
Governor: Rick Perry (R)
2013 Legislative Session Dates: January 8- May 27, 2013
Department of Licensing: Department of Family Services
Additional State Resources:
We Can Do Better: Child care center licensing and oversight in Texas ranked 16th in a ranking of all states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense.
Leaving Children to Chance: Family child care home licensing and oversight in Texas ranked 44th in a ranking of all states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense.