Texas Rising Star Certification Guidelines

The Texas Rising Star Certification Guidelines are used by Workforce Development Board and child care contractor staff to assess and provide technical assistance to early learning programs pursuing Texas Rising Star certification. The Guidelines contain criteria for director and staff qualifications and training, teacher-child interactions, program administration, family involvement and education, and indoor/outdoor learning environments.

 

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Summary of the TRS Certification Criteria

Below is a summary of the revised Texas Rising Star certification criteria which are based on the following types of measures:

  • Structural “met” or “not met” measures are required for certification at any level (2- 3-, or 4-Star)
  • Qualitative, points-based measures scored on a scale of 0–3 points determine the star level

Each subcategory contains required measures, points-based measures, or a combination of the two.

Category 1: Director and Staff Qualifications and Training

Measures relating to the education, experience, and training of all staff, including directors:

Subcategory Structural Measures?
(Met/Not Met)
Points-Based Measures?
(Scored 0-3 points)
Director Qualifications and Training Yes Yes
Staff Qualifications, Orientation, and Training Yes Yes

Category 2: Teacher-Child Interactions

Measures relating to group size, staff-to-child ratio, and quality of interactions between teachers and children in the classroom:

Subcategory Structural Measures?
(Met/Not Met)
Points-Based Measures?
(Scored 0-3 points)
Group Size/Staff Ratios (center-based only) No Yes
Warm and Responsive Style No Yes
Language Facilitation and Support No Yes
Play-Based Interactions and Guidance No Yes
Support for Children’s Regulation No Yes
Instructional Formats and Approaches to Learning No Yes

Category 3: Program Administration

Measures relating to education and involvement of parents and families in the program and how the program is managed:

Subcategory Structural Measures?
(Met/Not Met)
Points-Based Measures?
(Scored 0-3 points)
Family Education Yes Yes
Family Involvement Yes Yes
Program Management Yes Yes

Category 4: Indoor and Outdoor Environments

Measures relating to the equipment, materials, and arrangement of the indoor and outdoor learning environments:

Subcategory Structural Measures?
(Met/Not Met)
Points-Based Measures?
(Scored 0-3 points)
Indoor Learning Environments No Yes
Outdoor Learning Environments No Yes

Learn more about Texas Rising Star levels and scoring.