Texas Rising Star provider certification improves the quality of child care services in Texas. Certification improves the quality of child care provided, not only to families whose child care is subsidized by TWC, but to all children enrolled in certified facilities.

Texas Rising Star certification is available for licensed center, licensed child care home, and registered child care home providers who meet the certification criteria.

The Texas Rising Star certification system offers three certification levels in center-based care (2-star, 3-star and 4-star) and two levels in home-based care (provisional or full) to encourage providers to attain progressively higher certification requirements.

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Becoming a Texas Rising Star Certification Provider

Texas Rising Star child care providers:

  • Have an agreement with a Workforce Development Board’s child care contractor to serve children whose child care costs are subsidized by the Texas Workforce Commission
  • Voluntarily meet requirements that exceed the state’s minimum licensing standards for child care facilities

If you are interested in Texas Rising Star Certification, please contact your Workforce Solutions office.

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Texas Rising Star Provider Certification Guidelines

The Texas Rising Star Provider Certification Guidelines are used by Workforce Development Board and child care contractor staff to assess and provide technical assistance to providers pursuing Texas Rising Star provider certification. The certification guidelines contain criteria for licensing compliance, director qualifications, caregiver/staff qualifications, staff orientation, staff training, group size, curriculum/activities, caregiver/child interaction, indoor/outdoor environments, health/safety, nutrition/meal time and parental involvement.

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Texas Rising Star Workgroup

The Texas Rising Star Workgroup established by House Bill 376 (HB 376), enacted by the 83rd Texas Legislature, is reviewing the Texas Rising Star child care provider certification program guidelines and providing recommendations to TWC. See Texas Rising Star Workgroup for updates on the workgroup’s progress.

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