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Can I use Lillio Academy for PD hours in Texas?

Yes! Lillio Academy courses are accepted by TECPDS/Texas Rising Stars as Self-Instructional training (HMA&LA Courses) and Self-Study training (HMH Webinars) due to our IACET accreditation. Our courses are in compliance with 746.1317 a7B, b, and c & 746.1305-07 of THHS Child Care Regulation.

Please Note: All Webinars and Lillio Basic Courses must NOT be submitted to your registry. They do not meet specific learning requirements for the state and will not be accepted if submitted.

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Texas Childcare Training Requirements:

In accordance with Rule §746.1305, new caregivers in child care are required to have a minimum of 8 hours of training before being given responsibility for a group of children and to be counted in the staff/child ratio and an additional 16 hours within 90 days of employment. A caregiver is exempt from the pre-service training requirements if they have at least two years prior experience in a regulated child-care center; or 24 hours of training in a required topic area.

If a caregiver provides care for children younger than 24 months of age, 1 hour of pre-service training must cover the following topics:

  • Recognizing and preventing shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma

  • Understanding and using safe sleep practices and preventing sudden infant death syndrome

  • Understanding early childhood brain development

In accordance with  Rule §746.1309, childcare providers require 24 clock hours of annual training. The 24-clock hours of annual training exclude any requirements for orientation, pre-service training, pediatric first aid and pediatric CPR training, transportation safety training, and high school child-care work-study classes. In accordance with Rule §746.1311, directors require 30 hours of annual training. Annual training starts from the date of hire and must be relevant to the age of the children for whom the caregiver provides care. Annual hours can be completed through department training, self-instructional and self-study. At most, 80% of the required annual training hours may come from self-instructional training; at most, 3 of those self-instructional hours may come from self-study training. If more than the minimum annual training clock hours are obtained, they may not be carried over to the next year. 

At least 6 clock hours of annual training must be in one or more of the following topics:

  • Child growth and development

  • Guidance and discipline

  • Age-appropriate curriculum

  • Teacher-child interaction

  • Prevention, recognition, and reporting of child maltreatment (min 1 hour)

The remaining training for caregivers must cover the following areas:

  • Fostering children’s self-esteem

  • Supervision and safety practices in the care of children

  • Preventing and controlling the spread of communicable diseases, including immunizations

  • Care of children with special needs

  • Child health

  • Risk management

  • Identification and care of ill children

  • Cultural diversity for children and families

  • Professional development 

  • Observation and assessment

  • Attachment and responsive caregiving

  • Minimum standards and how they apply to the caregiver

  • Emergency preparedness

  • Administering medication, if applicable

  • Preventing and responding to emergencies due to food or an allergic reaction

  • Understanding building and physical premises safety, including identification and protection from hazards that can cause bodily injuries, such as electrical hazards, bodies of water, and vehicular traffic

  • Handling, storing and disposing of hazardous materials


Click here to learn more about the courses Lillio Academy offers covering required training topics!  


Is there funding available for Lillio Academy in Texas?

The CDA Assessment Fee Scholarship is a scholarship program that assists in paying the $425 assessment fee required by the Council for Professional Recognition in awarding a Child Development Associate Credential. The CDA Assessment Scholarship also pays a bonus to the recipient once they receive their CDA Credential. For more information, visit Texas Association for the Education of Young Children.

To apply online for the T.E.A.C.H. CDA Assessment Fee Scholarship, click here.

Opening a facility or beginning work in the childcare field:

If you are interested in opening a child care program or working in the child care field, please contact your state licensing agency for the specific requirements, rules and regulations of your state. The Texas licensing website can be found here

Last Updated: May 2024

Though Lillio attempts to maintain accurate and up-to-date information, educators are individually responsible for understanding the submission and approval process of all professional development and licensing work in their state.

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