Texas Rising Star
Texas Rising Star is a quality rating and improvement system for Texas early childhood programs.
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 who meet the certification criteria. The TRS Provider certification system offers three levels of certification (Two-Star, Three-Star, and Four-Star) to encourage providers to attain progressively higher certification requirements leading to a Four-Star level.
A Texas Rising Star (TRS) provider is a child care provider with an agreement to serve Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) subsidized children and voluntarily meets requirements that exceed the State’s Minimum Child Care Licensing (CCL) Standards. TRS providers focus on quality child care.
Across Texas, parents and families enroll their children into child care programs, including center-based and home-based 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 who voluntarily achieve TRS provider certification, 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, 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 goal of the Workforce Solutions East Texas Board is for sixty percent (60%) of all subsidized child care providers in East Texas be a Texas Rising Star Provider.