We know planning a move can be daunting, but we’re here to help. In this section, you’ll find resources for childcare, afterschool and summer care, budgeting, plus relevant news and reports.


It is never to early to begin thinking about your child’s future learning. Many child care centers encourage prospective parents to register for care at birth.

To find the best quality child care that works with your budget and is convenient to you, use the excellent resources available through the Collaborative for Children. To learn more about early childhood education in Houston, visit Collaborative for Children, a nonprofit that strengthens early education throughout Greater Houston and Early Matters, a coalition for quality early education.  Here is a map of Early Childhood Education in the area. 

Child care in Texas is regulated through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS). The department offers a Database of Licensed Child Care and a Parent’s Guide to Child Care .

Afterschool & Summer Learning

Houston offers an array of centrally-located learning activities when school is out. Parents have many options before and after school, as well as in the summer. To learn more about Houston area summer camps and afterschool programs, check out the Summerbook and the Harris County Department of Education’s Afterschool Zone.  The City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) offers a variety of programs during the summer detailed in the HPARD Summer Catalog. You’ll also find great activities for kids and families at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and the YMCA of Greater Houston.


Be informed and financially prepared when discussing where to live and proximity to work and school.

Items to take into consideration

  • ​Housing
  • Food
  • Child Care
  • Education
  • Transporation
  • Healthcare
  • Entertainment
  • Other necessities
  • Taxes