Having a child with special needs can be rewarding and draining on families, so take advantage of some of the respite child care programs in our area:
Parent’s Night Out
At Our Children’s House - Irving
Contact: Cathy Ross
3337 Stovall St. Irving, Texas 75061
Respite care is available for children with special needs from six weeks to 12 years of age and their typically developing siblings. The cost is only $5 per child and includes a light dinner for the children.
Space is limited and registration is required. Please call Cathy Ross, Child Care Manager, at 972-790-8505, ext. 258 or email CathRoss@BaylorHealth.edu to register.
Irving Bible Church, 2435 Kinwest Parkway, Las Colinas
Contact Person: Diana Blessing
Respite care one time each month from 6 – 9pm. Childcare for special needs children 2:1 ratio during Sunday Service.
Friday NITE Friends
(972) 618-3450 ext. 247 Fax: (972) 618-3778
6601 Custer Road, Plano 75023
Every Friday from 6 – 10pm
Contact: Kyla Prestwood, email@example.com;
A center-based respite program for children who are medically fragile or chronically ill and their siblings. Open every Friday evening. The medical component is staffed by licensed Home Health nurses and screened, trained volunteers. The sibling component meets concurrently (in another room) and is staffed by screened, trained volunteers.
King’s Kids Parents’ Night Out
Arapaho Road Baptist Church
2256 Arapaho Road, Garland, 75044
Contact Person: Hillary Nelson
This program has a nurse for medically fragile kids.
(972) 245-8822 x410
Valley View Christian Church
17601 March Lane, Dallas, 75287
Contact Person: B.G. Hasselle (Coordinator), firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides respite every 4th Friday of the month from 6:30 to 10pm.
(214) 523-2284; email@example.com
Highland Park United Methodist Church
3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, 75205
Contact Person : Kim Cavendar (Coordinator); Karen Gilmore (Activities Coordinator) – 214-523-2276
First and 3rd Fridays, 6pm to 10pm for children from birth to 12 years old.
(214) 706-9517, (214) 706-9540
Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church
9200 Inwood Rd., Dallas, 75220
Contact Persons: Sherry Bryant (Director of Special Needs), Ellen Rich (Program Administrator)
Provides respite 1st Friday of the month from 6 – 10pm for children ages 3 months to 12 years.
Contact: April Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Northhaven United Methodist Church
11211 Preston Road (Between Forest & Royal Lanes)
3rd Friday, 6pm to 9:30pm. For ages 5 to 21. $15/child. Must register by contacting April Allen.
Holy Covenant United Methodist
1901 E. Peters Colony, Carrollton, 75007
Contact Person: Jana Jones
2nd Saturday of the month, from 6 – 9pm.
Kid’s Night Out
1919 Independence Pkwy, Plano, 75075
Sponsored by Plano Parks and Recreation at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Second Friday of the month.
The Loving HANDS Ministry
420 South Heartz, Coppell 75019
Offering respite care one Saturday night each month, from 6 – 9pm for children with special needs, ages 0-21. A registered nurse will be on hand, along with trained volunteers and professionals.
Holy Covenant United Methodist Church
Josey Lane & Frankfort in Carrollton
Every 2nd Saturday, 6pm to 9pm, for special needs children from infancy to age 12. Siblings up to age 13 welcome.
Stonebriar Community Church (Frisco)
Contact person: Denise Sue Lindahl (Special Needs Coordinator), Tammy Cameron (Fun Zone Supervisor) t.l.Cameron@comcast.net
Every 2nd Saturday, 6pm to 10pm
Friday Kids - Denton
First United Methodist Church (Denton)
Contact person: Sue O’Neill, soneill@email@example.com
Every Friday night from 6pm to 10pm, for children with special needs, ages birth to 18 years.
Saturday Night Alive - Rockwall
First United Methodist Church (Rockwall)
Contact person: Jennifer Everett, firstname.lastname@example.org
First Saturday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm for children with disabilities, ages birth to 18. Siblings up to age 12 welcome.
Evening Stars - Colleyville
First Baptist Church
Contact person: Erica Freeman, email@example.com
Forth Friday from 6pm to 10pm, ages birth to 12 years.
Thursday Mornings at St. Andrew
St. Andrew United Methodist Church
5801 W. Plano Pkwy, Plano, 75093
Provides respite for preschool children, ages newborn to 35 months, who are medically fragile or have special needs. The program is overseen by a pediatric nurse, who will provide all medical care and assessment. Trained volunteers, who have also been screened and background checked, will also be present. The program is offered at no charge to the public. An application must be submitted and can be obtained by calling the above number or by emailing the address above. Selection is based on the application, as well as a family meeting and assessment of the child.
First Friday Program - Arlington
First United Methodist Church (Arlington)
313 N. Center St., Arlington, 76011
Contact person: Holly Hattendorf, firstname.lastname@example.org
First Fridays from 6 – 10pm, for children with special needs, ages birth to 18 years.
REVIVE - Keller
Northwood Baptist Church (Keller)
Contact person: Lena Finholt
Twice a month, usually the 2nd and 4th Fridays, for children with special needs, ages birth to ??.
Even Stars Respite Program
(817) 281-4158 Ext. 225
First Baptist Church
5100 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, 76034
Respite care 4th Friday of the month
Southcliff Baptist Church
4100 SW Loop 820, Fort Worth
Contact person: Darby Gilliam, email@example.com
Providing respite care for children with special needs, ages birth to 18 years.
Respite Care Agencies & Programs
5940 Forest Park, Dallas 75235
Provides respite care by the hour and for over-night stays, based upon availability. Must call at least one week in advance to schedule for over-night stay. Fees based upon household income.
Dallas 911 Care
Contact via email: Dallas911care@tx.rr.com
Provide special needs respite care in or out of the home.
Dallas MetroCare’s - Respite Program
(214) 333-7000, (214) 689 5166 or (214) 331 0122
1380 River Bend Drive, Dallas 75247
This program is a support service that provides payment to respite providers selected, monitored & supervised by the caregiver of an individual with mental retardation, pervasive developmental disorder, autism or developmental delays. A respite application must be completed and approved prior to service delivery. Proof of diagnosis and income is required. Access to the program is on a first-come, first-served basis and there may be a small waiting list. Applications can be made by calling (214) 689-3723 or through Service Coordination at (214) 333-7000.
Dallas MetroCare Service’s - Family Support Services Program
(214) 333-7000 Fax: 214-333-7073
1353 N. Westmoreland, Bldg F, Dallas, TX 75211
Program Director: A. G. Black.
This program offers funding to cover a variety of medical costs and respite care for children (and adults) with mental retardation, who are living in the family home or in their own home. The service is “family driven” and provides future planning concepts including service coordination, behavior management training and/or intervention, respite, therapy assessment and assistance with health care monitoring and management. Please contact (214) 333–7000 to see if you and your child are eligible.
MDCP (Medically Dependent Children’s Program)
This program provides respite care (as well as skilled nursing) for children with chronic medical issues. Eligibility is NOT income-based. This program (as well as the “C.L.A.S.S.” Program) is a Medicaid Waiver program, which means has a long wait list. However, a procedure called “Money Follows the Person” (formerly known as “Rider-28”) can expedite your child to the top of the list. To sign up for MDCP (and C.L.A.S.S.), call the State office at 1-877-438-5658 to have your child placed on the waitlist. After placing child on waitlist, to implement “Money Follows the Person,” call the region office at 972-337-6207 to be assigned a caseworker.
(817) 831-2111, ext. 226
Youth between the ages of 13-21 are specially trained to care for children ages 11 and under with special needs or without special needs. Sitters are matched with agencies and families that need child care assistance upon training completion.
(817) 633-8511 Fax: (817) 649-8049
2400 East Arkansas Lane, Arlington, 76014
Website: www.calabinc.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CALAB, Inc. offers an array of services in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. These services include: case management, residential support, occupational therapy, physical therapy, day services, psychological services, respite and much more.