The Texas Rising Star program offers three levels of quality certification, which are which are Two-Star, Three-Star, and Four-Star
Texas Rising Star certification criteria are based on the following types of measures:
If an early learning program meets all the structural measures for Texas Rising Star certification, the scores of the points-based measures are used to determine the star level for each category and ultimately for the program as a whole. Points-based measures are scored and awarded through both in-person observation and document review.
A Texas Rising Star assessment assigns each of the four certification categories a star level based on the average score across the points-based subcategory measures. Additionally, each category is assigned a specific weight that is used to calculate the program’s overall star level. Category 2, Teacher-Child Interactions, has the highest weight at 40 percent since teacher-child interactions are known to correlate strongly with high-quality care and positive child outcomes.
Below are the weights assigned to each of the four categories:
|1: Director and Staff Qualifications and Training
|2: Teacher-Child Interactions
|3: Program Administration
|4: Indoor and Outdoor Environments
The score for a points-based measure in which multiple classrooms are assessed is based on the median score of the measures, which are then averaged.
The methodology for determining the star level of a category is based on the early learning program’s average score across all measures of a category:
For nationally accredited programs, Categories 1 and 3 will receive an automated average score of 3.0 effective January 1, 2022.
Texas Rising Star–certified programs receive higher reimbursement rates for children enrolled in the Child Care Services program than noncertified programs. Texas Government Code §2308.315 requires the minimum reimbursement rate for a Texas Rising Star–certified program to be greater than the maximum rate established for a program that is not Texas Rising Star-certified for the same category of care. Specifically, Two-Star rates must be at least 5 percent higher, Three-Star rates must be at least 7 percent higher and Four-Star rates must be at least 9 percent higher.
In accordance with TWC’s child care rules at 40 TAC §809.20(a), the Commission requires Boards to establish their maximum reimbursement rates at or above a level established by the Commission. TWC has published each of the Board’s maximum reimbursement rates as of October 1, 2022. The Commission requires Boards to set their Texas Rising Star maximum reimbursement rates at or above the following levels:
TWC has also published a Texas Rising Star Revenue Calculator to help child care and early learning programs forecast the revenue impact of enhanced reimbursement rates.
Note: Child care and early learning programs that are designated as Entry Level do not receive enhanced reimbursement rates.
For more information see Enhanced Rates