Mothers of adolescents and adults with autism experience chronic stress comparable to combat soldiers and struggle with frequent fatigue and work interruptions, research finds. These moms also spend significantly more time care-giving than moms of those without disabilities. 

Marsha Mailick Seltzer, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison authored the study. 
One in 32 children in Katy has been identified with
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Respite and Childcare:

No matter what the reason, from time to time, parents need a break.  Unfortunately, not everyone has access to a doting Grandma, or other trusted adult to watch little ones for a few hours. When it comes to finding care providers for difficult kids, or fragile kids, it can be near impossible to get help. The following resources can help you find what you are looking for whether it is a weekend with the girls, a much needed date night, or a nanny because you need to work.

Adventure Kids Playcare
Dana Oliver
22762 Westheimer Pkwy, Bldg. D, Suite 455
Katy, TX 77450, 281-769-2398
They are a unique drop-in child care & entertainment center for kids ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Your kids can play, explore, and learn while in our safe and secure (lock-in) environment. Not autism specific but does accept children on the spectrum.

Apple of His Eyes Learning Center
339 Dulles Avenue
Stafford TX 77477 (opposite the Fort Bend Library)
Tel#: 281-969- 5973/ 832-453-4010
Hours of Operation: 6:30am to 6pm
Regular Hours: 8:30am - 3pm Monday- Friday
Before hours: 6:30am - 8:30am
After hours: 3:30 - 6pm
Welcome to peace of mind - Regardless of your child’s disability, child care is available for him/her and their siblings at Apple Of His Eyes Learning Center. We say we are small for a reason; our center is small enough to focus on each child’s specific and special needs for 2 to 22 years. The hearts of our staff are big enough to nurture each child in our safe and engaging center. Think about Apple Of His Eyes Learning Center as a place you can bring your child and feel secured because they are considered precious, the Apple of someone’s eyes. For children between the of ages 2-22 years who have a special need. Where we respect every child for who they have been created to be - specially unique.

Avondale House
3737 O'Meara Drive
Houston, Texas 77025
A not-for-profit agency that provides education services, a day habilitation program and residential services for individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Ancillary Services Include: Occupational Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis, Speech and Language Therapy, Medical Services, Therapeutic Recreational Services, Parent Group Meetings, Online Discussion Forums. Application required. Note: Long waiting list.

Find care for your children, parents, pets, home and more, e.g., babysitters, nannies, tutors, senior care providers. 


Collaborative for Children

3800 Buffalo Speedway Suite 300

Houston TX 77098

713-600-1100, 800-245-1255
They have more than 25 years’ experience in being a dedicated partner to parents searching for quality child care. Finding good child care is just like raising a child from infancy: It takes time, patience and devotion. They have all three in abundance at Collaborative for Children.  Zip code based referral service for respite, childcare and parenting programs.

College Nannies & Tutors of Katy Placement Center
Doina Berea, MBA, Owner
3522 S. Mason Rd, Suite 375
Katy, TX 77450
Email: or 
The nation's largest nanny resource, offering complete set of nanny placement, on-call nannies and professional babysitting services that lead to happy children and successful students.

Easter Seals - Greater Houston Respite Care Program
Elise Hough, CEO
4500 Bissonnet, Suite 340
Bellaire TX 77401
713-838-9050, ext 332
United Cerebral Palsy became Easter Seals Greater Houston on January 1, 2011. As Easter Seals, the organization is building on its 64-year history of serving people with disabilities, while continuing to serve thousands of families in the area. All funds raised in the greater Houston community stay here through ESGH’s nine programs: Early Childhood Intervention; Respite Services; Toy/Tech; High School/High Tech; Home of Your Own; Therapy Services; The Caroline School; Camps, Counseling & Case Management; & Adult Services. 

Easter Seals – Katy Teen Club
Linda Latimer, Director
Kelly Kaleta, Parents Night Out Coordinator
St. Peter’s United Methodist Church
20775 Kingsland Blvd.
Katy, TX 77450
Parents-Night-Out Respite Program that serves Katy families and teenage children, 12 to 21 years old with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Parents-Night-Out respite allows teens an out-of-home opportunity to socialize, create crafts, and engage in activities and games, while parents get a much-needed break. Contact Linda Latimer at to learn more about their program.

Everyday Opportunities
5242 East 3rd Street
Katy, TX 77493
(832) 913-6286
Everyday Opportunities offers an After School Care (ASC) program for children and adults, ages 10 to 22. Parents are comforted in knowing that their children are receiving quality care and activities. After School Program strives to teach and enrich participants’ self-help and social skills in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.

First Presbyterian Church-Houston, WinGS n Wishes Respite Program embracing children with special needs
Stephanie Fregia
5300 Main Street
Houston, TX 77004
This program provides themed activities one Friday night a month. WinGS participants and their siblings are invited to attend while parents enjoy an evening out. For more information about this program and special events, please contact Stephanie Fregia, WinGS Coordinator, 713-620-6431 or

Five Star Montessori
18200 Kingsland Blvd. (just West of Barker Cypress Rd.)
Houston, TX 77094
Full Time - 6:30 am to 6:30 pm
Short Day - 8:45 am to 2:45 pm
2 & 3 Day Programs
After School Program for Area Elementary Schools. Summer Programs. Social and Emotional Growth, Physical Coordination, Cognitive Preparation.

Giggles n Grins Childcare Academy

2754 Kismet Lane

Houston, TX 77043

713-208-7186, or 713-690-1821


Hours: Mon-Fri: 6:30AM -6:00PM, Sat: Closed, Sun: Closed

Giggles N Grins Child Care Academy is a Special Needs Childcare Center, Summer Camp and Afterschool Care establishment.  Giggles n Grins Childcare Academy provides services for children with special needs including but not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autistic Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, PDD-NOS), Learning Disabilities, Speech Impairment, Mental Retardation.  Experiences are available for students in the areas, self-care, cognitive, fine and gross motor, sensory and academic competence are special tailored to meet individual student needs.

Hopscotch Childcare
3750 North Fry Road
Katy, TX 77449
(281) 398-KIDS (5437)
The purpose of the Center is to provide a superior quality pre-school and early childhood development program-serving children from infant to twelve years of age. At Hopscotch we build children’s self-confidence by encouraging the child’s cognitive, physical and social development. Our mission and our first priority is to provide quality child care in a happy, comfortable, and safe Pre-School learning environment encouraging the child’s development through recreation and creative learning experiences. Our facility is designed specifically to fulfill our mission.

Houston Area Respite Care (HARC) / Parents’ Night Out Program
(Located on the campus of Gethsemane United Methodist Church)
Lynne Tupper
6856 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77074
On Friday evenings from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., HARC provides “Parents Night Out” programs where the kids can have an entertaining evening and the parents can enjoy up to four hours away. A typical evening will include games, crafts, music, movies and loads of fun events. The programs are created to offer the participants a great time in a nonsectarian environment. The program is restricted to children ages 4-21 years of age (age limits are flexible at the discretion of the HARC program director).

  • Respite for children with special needs, ages 4-21, siblings includes
  • Friday night respite, 6:30-10:30
  • Requires pre-registration, $10.00 fee, partial scholarships
  • Includes games, crafts, movies, music  

Katy’s Early Childhood Enrichment Center (ECEC)
Wendy Lopez, Director
Sandy Fernandez, Asst Director
1407 W. Grand Parkway South
Katy, Texas, 77494
Located on the Westland Baptist Church campus. They are known to accept children on the spectrum and have hosted a community PPCD program. Katy's Early Childhood Enrichment Center is a high-quality early childhood program providing a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development of young children. Preschool hours 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Extended Care hours 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.



MHMRA of Harris County - Home and Community-Based Services Program (HCS)

3600 Gessner
Houston, TX 77063

If your child’s name has already come to the top of the HCS waiver waiting list, they may be eligible for respite programs for children with mental retardation (with or without multiple disabilities), autism and PDD. Offers overnight to 24-hour care for up to 30 days a year. Application and evaluation required for services.

Rising Star Academy

920 S. Peek Road

Katy, TX 77450


Rising Star Academy is a premier child care center in Katy that has a PPCD classroom. Their website states Cimarron Elementary and Rising Star Academy are Partners in Education.

Seeking Sitters
Sara Campbell
1539 S. Mason Road, #11
Katy, TX  77450
Phone: 281-224-3418
24 hour contact: 1(888)41 SITTER
SeekingSitters on demand babysitting referral service where we do all the work for you!  Request online for your last minute, one-time, part-time or full-time need and your local SeekingSitters owner works to schedule you a background screened Professional Sitter. SeekingSitters was founded by a licensed private investigator and mother of three young children making security our priority.

Smartie Pants Academy Center
Sumiko Hamilton, Founder/Director
18855 West Little York, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77449
Smartie Pants Academy Center provides a safe, learning environment for children with special needs and their siblings. Hours: 6:00AM - 6:30PM, 0 to 18 years.


Special Friends Night Out!
Lake Houston YMCA
420 West Lake Houston Parkway
Kingwood, Texas 77339

For children with disabilities, ages 5 and older siblings included.

  • 6:30-10:00,one Saturday a month
  • Pre-registration requested
  • $5 member, $10 non-member, $2 sibling
  • Each child is paired with a volunteer buddy and participants in arts, & crafts, dancing, gym games, etc.

St. Peter's United Methodist Church, Special Kids Ministry / Friday Night Friends

Kelly Johnson, Children's Ministries Director, Sarah Morrison, Special Needs Coordinator
20775 Kingsland Blvd.
Katy, TX 77450
Main number: 281-579-0856
Sarah Morrison’s number 281-300-7044
Friday Night Friends at St. Peter’s is a respite care night for children with special needs and their siblings.  It is one Friday a month (usually the last Friday of the month) from 6-9 p.m.  Fun activities are provided for the children (and teens) while their parents have a night out.  The cost is $10 for the first child and $5 for each sibling. Registration is required. You may download the registration form from their website and submit it to the Children’s Ministries Office by the Wednesday prior to the Friday of the event. Teen social/respite group that meets every Friday night except holidays, cost $10 and is for kids 13-21.  Registration is required. You may download the registration form from their website and submit it to the Children’s Ministries Office by the Wednesday prior to the Friday of the event.  The teen group is facilitated by Easter Seals and coordinated by Linda Latimer and Kelly Kaleta at the same location and meets weekly (see Easter Seals Katy - Teen Club above)

Sugar Creek Baptist Church, The Open Door
Barbara Waldhuber 281-274-7431 
13333 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200
Sugar Land TX 77478, 281-274-7431
The Open Door is designed to come alongside parents and minister to them by helping to meet the extraordinary demands of raising a child who is differently abled.  They provide respite services to children with special needs, ages 4-14.  Break-Out: Parent Night Out on the 3rd Friday every month, must reserve slot.  There is a $5 fee and siblings are free.  During the summer there is a vacation bible school especially for children with special needs, no fee.
A Day to Remember: A day camp every Thursday from 9 AM to 2 PM; $15 fee for the day. 


The Arc of Greater Houston
Janniece Sleigh, Executive Director
44015 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX  77074

Serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. Saturday Fun Day:  An out-of-home program for individuals, ages 4 to 25, with a diagnosis of mental retardation and or autism and other autistic spectrum disorders. Provides games, sports, computer learning, songs and other recreational activities.  Community wide field trips.

The Sean Ashley House
606 Parkersburg Drive
Houston, TX 77036
They accept individuals of any age who meet the criteria of the Home and Community based Services Program (HCS).

Respite Night from Treasures of Joy
Joyce Weatherford
Church of Champions
12922 Cutten Road
We host a free of charge Respite Night from 4:00pm to 8:00pm (the 3rd Saturday of every month). This is a night especially for parents/caregivers. Our desire is that you bring your child or adult with special needs for us to care for while you take a break for four hours. We know the time you spend with your child or adult and that you need a support system. Again, there is no cost for you, except that you go have a good time and enjoy yourself while we take care of your Treasure. We have experienced volunteers for Respite Night and we so look forward to meeting you. Anyone living in the Greater Houston area is welcome to register. To register, fill in the contact form below. We will then email you the registration forms. There is limited space, so register early. Respite is located at 12922 Cutten Road, at Church of Champions. Registration is open and ready for your email contact right now. Fill out the contact form at the link below and your registration is complete. You will be contacted by email to obtain information about your loved one, so our volunteers will be prepared to take care of them while you get to relax. To register, go to:, Game Night: A monthly time for teens and adults with disabilities to fellowship, play cards and board games, or just to hang out together.

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