NEWS RELEASE from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2008
CONTACT: 512-463-0119

2-1-1 Website Provides Parents with Valuable Health and Human Services Information

Austin, TX – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has recently partnered with local government and community groups throughout Texas to improve the 2-1-1 website, which now provides parents a link to child care and educational services.

The site (www.211texas.org) allows parents to access information about licensed and registered child care, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs, and education services for children with special needs. Information is also available for those with greater needs such as food, shelter, medical care, as well as links to thousands of other local services.

Recently, a newer search feature has been added to the website and draws information from the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Head Start Collaboration Project, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services—expanding to include regularly updated information on all of the children's services offered in public schools. Search results can be sorted by zip code, by city, or by county. In addition, parents who need financial help can also request information about assistance for child care services through the website.

Parents without internet access can call 2-1-1 to speak with an individual who can provide the same information available on the website.

Carlos I. Uresti is the senator from State Senate District 19, a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Antonio to El Paso County, including all or part of the following counties: Bandera, Bexar, Brewster, Culberson, Crockett, El Paso, Edwards, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Sutton, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler. Covering 55,000 square miles, the district contains 62 school districts, and spans two time zones. As the largest geographical senate district in the contiguous 48 states, Senate District 19 is larger than 24 states and 25 countries.

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