Texas Rising Star
The Texas Rising Star (TRS) program is “a voluntary, quality-based child care rating system of child care providers participating in the Texas Workforce Commission’s subsidized child care program.” TRS Certification is available to Licensed Center and Licensed and Registered Child Care Home providers. The TRS Provider certification system offers three levels of certification. This encourages providers to attain progressively higher certification requirements leading to a Four-Star level.
A TRS provider is a child care provider with an agreement to serve Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) subsidized children. Furthermore, the TRS provider voluntarily meets requirements that exceed the State’s Minimum Child Care Licensing (CCL) Standards. TRS providers focus on quality child care.
Across Texas, parents enroll their children into center-based and home-based child care programs. Numerous research studies indicate at-risk children who attend higher quality child care programs are more prepared for school entry than children who do not attend quality child care programs.
Providers can attain TRS certification by offering quality care exceeding State’s Minimum Child Care Licensing Standards for director and staff qualifications, caregiver-child interactions, age-appropriate curricula and activities, nutrition and indoor/outdoor activities, and parent involvement and education.
Providers who voluntarily achieve TRS provider certification are in a better position to contribute to the early development of children. As providers progress through the levels of TRS provider certification, they contribute progressively more to the development of the children they serve on a daily basis.
The Workforce Solutions East Texas Board’s goal is for sixty percent (60%) of all subsidized child care providers in East Texas be a TRS Provider.