The Texas Rising Star (TRS) Workgroup was established by House Bill 376 (HB 376), enacted by the 83rd Texas Legislature, for the purpose of reviewing the TRS child care provider certification program guidelines and providing recommendations to the Texas Workforce Commission. The group’s recommendations are due no later than May 2014.

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TRS Workgroup Members

HB 376 establishes the group’s membership to include:

  • A member from each of the following agencies:
  • A Texas School-Ready! project participant
  • Four Texas Rising Star certified providers
  • Three staff members from different local workforce development boards.

Below are the TRS Workgroup members.

Name Organization/Business
Reagan Miller, Presiding Officer Texas Workforce Commission
Lana Estevilla Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Howard Morrison Texas Education Agency
LaShonda Brown Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System
Dr. Elaine Zweig Collin County Community College
Doug Watson Healy-Murphy Child Development Center
Patricia Smith Little Dudes Learning Center
Pattie Herbert Infants 123
Sharon Davis Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas
Sul Ross Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast
Sandra Solis Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande Valley
Mary Clare Munger Amarillo College Child Development Lab
Rebecca Latimer Just Kidding Around

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Proposed Rules

On October 7, 2014, the Commission approved the following proposed rules:

The approved proposed rules will be published in the Texas Register on or about October 24, 2014. Public comments must be received or postmarked by November 24, 2014.

Texas Rising Star Program Guidelines

Opportunity for Public Comments: On November 4, 2014, the Commission approved the discussion paper on Child Care Services Texas Rising Star Program GuidelinesPDF.

Public comments must be received or postmarked by November 25, 2014.

To comment on TWC rules and policy documents, send comments to TWC Policy Comments by:

  • Email to TWCPolicyComments@twc.state.tx.us;
  • Mail to TWC Policy Comments, Workforce Policy and Service Delivery, Attn: Workforce Editing, 101 East 15th Street, Room 440T, Austin, Texas 78778; or
  • Fax to (512) 475-3577.

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Workgroup Meeting Minutes & Materials

September 16, 2013

September 25, 2013

October 9, 2013

November 7, 2013

November 20, 2013

December 19, 2013

January 31, 2014

February 4, 2014

February 13, 2014

February 20, 2014

February 26, 2014

March 6, 2014

March 20, 2014

April 24, 2014

May 1, 2014

May 8, 2014

May 15, 2014

May 22, 2014

May 29, 2014

June 12, 2014

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Draft Working Papers - TRS Workgroup Subcommittees

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