I-601: Minimum Education Requirements for Texas Rising Star Assessors & Mentors

Workforce Development Boards (Boards) must ensure that Texas Rising Star (TRS) assessors and mentors meet the minimum education requirements as follows:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in early  childhood education, child development, special education, child psychology, educational psychology, elementary education or family consumer science
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with at least 18 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, child psychology, educational psychology, elementary education or family consumer science with at least 12 credit hours in child development
  • Associate’s degree in early childhood education, child development, special education, child psychology, educational psychology, elementary education or family consumer science with two years of experience as a director in an early childhood program, with preference given to experience with a provider that is accredited or TRS certified

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) may grant a waiver of no more than two years of the minimum education requirements outlined in this section if a Board can demonstrate that no applicants in its local workforce development area meet the minimum education requirements.

- Rule Reference: §809.134(a)-(b)

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I-602: Minimum Work Experience for Texas Rising Star Assessors & Mentors

Workforce Development Boards (Boards) must ensure that if an individual performs the duties of both an assessor and a mentor, the individual providing Texas Rising Star (TRS) mentoring services to a provider does not act as the assessor of that same provider when determining TRS certification.

- Rule Reference: §809.134(d)

Boards must be aware that technical assistance to TRS providers and providers seeking TRS certification can be delivered by either Board contractor staff or staff hired directly by the Board.

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I-603: Duties for TRS Assessors & Mentors

Workforce Development Boards (Boards) must ensure that if an individual performs the duties of both an assessor and a mentor, the individual providing Texas Rising Star (TRS) mentoring services to a provider does not act as the assessor of that same provider when determining TRS certification.

Rule Reference: §809.134(d)

Boards must be aware that technical assistance to TRS providers and providers seeking TRS certification can be delivered by either Board contractor staff or staff hired directly by the Board.

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I-604: Other Requirements for Texas Rising Star Assessors & Mentors

Workforce Development Boards must ensure that Texas Rising Star assessors and mentors meet the following requirements:

  • Complete annual professional development and continuing education consistent with child care licensing minimum training requirements for a child care center director
  • Meet the background check requirement consistent with 40 TAC, Chapter 745

- Rule Reference: §809.134(e)-(g)

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I-605: Reporting Texas Rising Star Assessor & Mentor Personnel Expenditures

Workforce Development Boards must be aware that Technical Assistance Bulletin 270 PDF, entitled "Child Care Quality Expenditure Cost Categories," and its attachment, 378 Child Care Quality Cost Categories PDF, provide information on reporting Texas Rising Star assessor and mentor personnel expenditures in Texas Workforce Commission’s Cash Draw and Expenditure Reporting system.

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Part A - Definitions

Part H - Consumer Education and Child Care Quality Activities

Part J - Appendix