Information on Day Care and Schools
Day Care for Children of Pre-School Age
There are several day care centers for pre-school aged children on or near the UT Southwestern Medical Center campus. However, you should be aware that there is a long waiting list for these so if interested be sure to add your child to the waiting list as soon as you know you are coming to UT Southwestern.
Day Care Centers on or near the UT Southwestern campus include:
UT Southwestern - UTD Callier Child Development Program
1966 Inwood Road
First Step Learning Center
6303 Forest Park Rd., Suite 130A
Other options include Registered Home Childcare Providers (individuals who care for several children in their homes,) and nanny services (individuals who will come to your home to care for your child.)
Search for Registered Home Childcare Providers at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) website
Search for a nanny at:
Enrolling Your Children in School
If you have school-aged children it is important to consider the quality and convenience of Texas public schools and/or private schools in the neighborhood before you rent an apartment. Texas public schools may be attended at no cost if your child holds a dependent visa (e.g. F-2, J-2, H-4, etc.) Texas public school districts identified as “exemplary” or “recommended” by the Texas Education Agency in recent years include Highland Park, Coppell, Flower Mound, Plano, and Richardson. For more information, please visit the Texas Education Agency website.
Texas law requires that a child between the ages of six and seventeen attend school. To enroll in a public school, a child must:
- Be at least five years of age on or before September 1
- Have a birth certificate
- Be immunized against polio, mumps, rubella, pertussis, tetanus, and diphtheria
- Have a copy of previous school records
A letter of introduction from a former teacher may be helpful. Public schools teach kindergarten through 12th grade. A high school diploma is awarded upon successful completion of the 12th grade.
For specific requirements for public school enrollment visit the website of the school district in which you plan to live:
- Highland Park Independent School District
- Coppell Independent School District
- Lewisville Independent School District
- Plano Independent School District
- Richardson Independent School District
There are also many private schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, some religious and some secular. Generally private schools charge tuition for your child to attend. A number of websites will allow you to search for a private school by city or county. Some examples are listed on the Private School Review website.
UT Southwestern's Postdoc Survival Guide contains information about living in Dallas, including schools and school districts.