School and Extracurricular Resources

School Enrollment

Every child has the right to an education, as is stated in US Code 42 section 11302 (McKinney-Vento Act) and section 11434 (No Child Left Behind). These state that a child is entitled to attend school where they live, regardless of legal documentation. You can download a memorandum showing this right for the state of Texas as Be sure an contact your school district’s McKinney-Vento representative (every district has one) to help you and your child get the school assistance you need.

Websites to help You Understand and Get Accomodation and Assistance in Public School:
  • Disability Rights Texas
    More than 400,000 students in Texas eligible for special education services. School districts must fully implement both the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
  • Navigate Life Texas
    When You’re Having Trouble Getting the Right Services for Children with Disabilities
  • Parent Companion
    One of the most important parts of the special education process is writing the plan for your child’s education. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the foundation for your child’s education, and you are a very important member of the committee that develops it. In Texas, this is called the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee. If you’ve never helped develop an IEP before, the process can seem overwhelming. Becoming familiar with all the steps will help you feel more comfortable.
  • Texas Project First
    You may come across TETNs on some of the Texas Education Agency website pages you visit. These are called: Texas Education Teleconference Network trainings (TETNs). You may have to contact your local education service center to participate in these trainings.
  • Understood
    The difference between IEPs and 504 plans.


  • DFW Child is packed full of things to do and fun ideas all over the metroplex in each month’s edition, for free options, simply type free in the keyword search. Many camps listed for summer offer a limited number of scholarship spots.
  • Your neighborhood YMCA and city sports programs usually offer income based tuition or scholarships, even if it is not posted, these generally are available to those who ask.
  • MANY museums are free, plus many aquariums and zoos offer free admission to foster and kinship families when you ask, with proof of power of attorney or Conservatorship paperwork.
  • Your local church usually will have camps, summer programs, lock-in’s, and events for kids, and regularly offer scholarships to families in need.

Get Immediate Help

Call 817.335.HOPE (4673)



Answered 24 hours a day

Not an emergency services phone number. Call 911 for medical emergencies.


In Texas: 1.800.252.5400
Nationwide: 1.800.4.A.CHILD

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