Improving Quality of Child Care

Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas recognizes the vital role that quality child care plays in the development of young children. A child’s experience during the critical early years lays the foundation for the rest of their lives. As a result, child care affects the way that children think, learn, and behave.

Texas Rising Star (TRS) Program

Because the quality of care a child receives early in life is so critically important, Workforce Solutions encourages their contracted providers to participate in the Texas Rising Star (TRS) Program, a voluntary program designed to recognize those child care providers meeting criteria that exceeds the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Care Licensing Minimum Standards.

To learn more about the Texas Rising Star program, please visit Texas Rising Star website (best displayed with Google Chrome browser). To express your interest in becoming a Texas Rising Star provider, contact the CCS office at 325-795-4200 and ask to speak to a Child Development Specialist.

TRS 2020 Four-Year Review

Every four years, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) conducts a comprehensive review of the Texas Rising Star (TRS) program. TWC recently established a TRS workgroup to inform the upcoming 2020 program review. Stakeholders, including child care providers, are invited to give input. Get updates, provide feedback, review meeting materials, and more on the TRS workgroup webpage!

The TRS workgroup will review all of the input received and make recommendations for TWC to consider in the development of new TRS Guidelines. This includes input from TWC-funded research that was conducted by the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. The presentation on CLI’s initial findings is available on the workgroup webpage under "Workgroup Resources" as a PowerPoint or recorded session (with transcript).

Child Care Provider Training

Throughout the year, Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas offers a variety of training classes and workshops to contracted providers to improve the quality of care children and families receive. This includes a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Program, outdoor STEM learning, nature education for children in care, and more!