Child Health in Texas


Children will go through a lot of changes. At a very young age, there are periods of quick physical growth. Then they will develop cognitive, social, and life skills. They also begin to build habits and behaviors that impact their future health. Maternal and Child Health (MCH) focuses on supporting Texas families as their children grow.    

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  

For information and resources about COVID-19 and child health, please visit the following links:

COVID-19 Information

Coping Strategies & Mental Health


Distance/Home Learning

Resources for Families

These resources are specific for families with children ages 1 to 12 years, for COVID-19 resources specific to children with special healthcare needs, visit here.


Help Me Grow Texas: Connecting Families to Community Services


MCH leads the Help Me Grow Texas project. MCH works with communities to implement the Help Me Grow framework so Texas families have support.

The early years of a child’s life are important for a healthy future. Help Me Grow Texas links families to resources in their community to help meet children’s needs. Community services include:

  • Agencies that provide health care
  • Quality early learning experiences
  • Information about healthy development

The benefits of a community participating in Help Me Grow Texas are:

  • Families have information and resources to help their children to succeed
  • Providers can identify vulnerable children and support them
  • Stakeholders can build capacity to meet the needs of children and families
  • Communities can see improved outcomes

The Maternal and Child Health Unit at the Texas Department of State Health Services is now accepting applications from communities to participate in Help Me Grow Texas! Help Me Grow Texas links families to resources in their community to help meet children’s needs, such as health care, early learning experiences and health development.

The Help Me Grow Texas application below provides more information about the initiative.

-      HMGTX Cohort 2020 Application*

-      HMGTX Community Partner Commitment Form* (Minimum of 2 must be submitted with the application)

*Please email if you need an accessible version of these documents.

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted via email to by 5 p.m. CST, July 13, 2020.

MCH will select up to six Texas communities to participate in the Help Me Grow Texas 2020 cohort. The cohort is expected to last through August 31, 2021. Communities accepted for the cohort will not receive funding for participating in Help Me Grow Texas.

DSHS will host an optional informational webinar for interested communities. The webinar will take place 10-11 a.m. CST on June 30, 2020, and will be recorded for those who are unable to participate. To participate, visit the following webinar link:

If you have questions, please contact project manager Claire Niday at More information about Help Me Grow can be found at  

HelpMeGrow Web

For more information about child health in Texas, please contact us at:

Texas Department of State Health Services
Title V Maternal & Child Health
PO Box 149347, Mail Code 1922
Austin, TX 78714-9347
(512) 776-7373: Phone
(512) 458-7658: Fax  

External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These external links may not be accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information about Maternal and Child Health, please email or call (512) 776-7373.


Last updated June 29, 2020