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2-1-1 Texas/United Way - No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1, or (877) 541-7905, and find information about resources in your local community. Whether you need help finding food or housing, child care, crisis counseling or substance abuse treatment, one number is all you need to know. Call 2-1-1 or visit http://www.211texas.org/

Texas Head Start Association - child development programs for Early Head Start (ages 0-3) and Head Start (ages 3-5). Services are available at no cost to qualifying families. Visit http://www.txhsa.org/ or call 2-1-1, to find a program in your area.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - provides financial help for children and their parents or relatives who are living with them. Monthly cash payments help pay for food, clothing, housing, utilities, furniture, transportation, telephone, laundry, household equipment, medical supplies not paid for by Medicaid and other basic needs. To apply, visit https://www.vourtexasbenefits.comor call 2-1-1

Texas Education Agency - Pre-Kindergarten programs are offered in many school districts. Children must be at least three years of age and meet other eligibility criteria. Contact your neighborhood school for additional information or call 512-463-9581or visit http://tea.texas.gov/ece/eligibilitv.aspx

The Lone Star Card Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Helps people buy the food they need for good health. This program is not tied to the TANF program. It is considered a nutritional program. To apply, call 2-1-1 or visit


The Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) - a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children (under 5years of age) eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. For a WIC office near you, call 1-800-942-3678 or visit http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/wichd/

Nationwide Housing Search - Find affordable rentals & housing options for low income families and individuals. To learn more visit http://www.lowincomehousing.us/

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - Low cost children's health insurance for children from birth to 18 years of age. To apply visit https://chipmedicaid.org/ or call 2-1-1

On-site after-school care is offered in many schools, for children in pre-kindergarten and older. Sometimes these programs offer scholarships or fees based on your household size and income-also known as sliding scale fees. Contact the school your child attends and ask if after-school care is offered

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