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Respite child care programs in Dallas, give yourself a break

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

972-790-8505 x258

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 to register.

Sunshine Pals
(972) 560-4600

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,;

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

(972) 495-2223

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),

Provides respite every 4th Friday of the month from 6:30 to 10pm.
Night Owls

(214) 523-2284;

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.
Night Lights

(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.

Adventure Nights


Contact: April Allen,

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

(972) 492-2432

1901 E. Peters Colony, Carrollton, 75007

Contact Person: Jana Jones

2nd Saturday of the month, from 6 – 9pm.

Kid’s Night Out

(972) 941-7327

1919 Independence Pkwy, Plano, 75075

Sponsored by Plano Parks and Recreation at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Second Friday of the month.

The Loving HANDS Ministry

Contact: Anne Sisk,

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.

Harvey’s Kids


Holy Covenant United Methodist Church

Josey Lane & Frankfort in Carrollton

Contact person: Denise Peckham (ext. 23),; Jana Jones (ext. 34),

Every 2nd Saturday, 6pm to 9pm, for special needs children from infancy to age 12. Siblings up to age 13 welcome.

Fun Zone

Stonebriar Community Church (Frisco)

Contact person: Denise Sue Lindahl (Special Needs Coordinator), Tammy Cameron (Fun Zone Supervisor)

Every 2nd Saturday, 6pm to 10pm

Friday Kids - Denton


First United Methodist Church (Denton)

Contact person: Sue O’Neill,

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,

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

817-281-4158 ext.225

First Baptist Church

Contact person: Erica Freeman,

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

(817) 274-2571
First United Methodist Church (Arlington)

313 N. Center St., Arlington, 76011

Contact person: Holly Hattendorf,

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

Night Out

817-924-7429, 817-924-2241

Southcliff Baptist Church

4100 SW Loop 820, Fort Worth

Contact person: Darby Gilliam,

Providing respite care for children with special needs, ages birth to 18 years.

Respite Care Agencies & Programs

Bryan’s House


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:

Provide special needs respite care in or out of the home.

(Updated 2/1/10)

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.

Special Sitters

(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.

Calab, Inc.

(817) 633-8511 Fax: (817) 649-8049

2400 East Arkansas Lane, Arlington, 76014

Website: E-mail:
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.


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