I-101: Texas Rising Star Program Rules

Workforce Development Boards (Boards) must be aware that Chapter 809, Subchapter G of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) provides the rules for the Texas Rising Star (TRS) program.

The purpose of the TRS program rules is to interpret and implement Texas Government Code §2308.3155(b), requiring TWC to establish rules to administer the TRS program, including guidelines for rating a child care provider for TRS certification.

The TRS program rules identify the organizational structure and categories of, and the scoring factors that shall be included in, the TRS guidelines.

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I-102: Texas Rising Star Guidelines

Workforce Development Boards must be aware that the Texas Rising Star (TRS) guidelines are available on the TRS website.

TRS program rules require that the TRS guidelines for rating a child care provider describe the measures for the TRS program, which must contain, at a minimum, measures for child care providers regarding the following:

  • Director and staff qualifications and training
  • Caregiver-child interactions
  • Curriculum
  • Nutrition and indoor and outdoor activities
  • Parent involvement and education

TRS guidelines specify measures that:

  • Must be met in order for a provider to be certified at each star level
  • Are observed and have points awarded through on-site assessments

TRS guidelines also specify the scoring methodology and scoring thresholds for each star level.

TWC is required to adopt the TRS guidelines subject to the requirements of the Texas Open Meetings Act.

TWC can amend the TRS guidelines, provided that the amendments are adopted, as required by the Texas Open Meetings Act.

- Rule Reference: §809.130

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Part A – Definitions

Part H – Consumer Education and Child Care Quality Activities

Part J – Appendix