A System for Progressive Quality Improvement
In Texas, child care and early learning programs must adhere to minimum standards defined by CCR. These standards help ensure the health and safety of children in care outside of the home. As the child care regulatory and licensing agency for Texas, CCR monitors programs for compliance with minimum standards and may issue corrective or adverse actions when programs fail to comply. CCR also makes this essential licensing and inspection data available to the public.
To participate in TWC’s subsidized child care program, child care programs must achieve Pre-Star status by demonstrating a high rate of compliance with CCR’s minimum standards. Texas Rising Star provides the next step.
Texas Rising Star is a voluntary rating system for child care and early learning programs that exceed CCR minimum standards. For a program to meet and maintain Texas Rising Star certification criteria, the program must demonstrate consistent compliance with CCR minimum standards.
Texas Rising Star is intended to measurably improve the quality of child care and early learning programs and thereby enhance children’s development and promote school readiness.
Texas Rising Star provides a systematic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in child care and early learning programs. Texas Rising Star assigns a score to programs that meet a set of defined program standards. These standards exceed those required by CCR minimum standards. By participating in Texas Rising Star, programs engage in a process of continuous quality improvement.
As a quality rating and improvement system, Texas Rising Star includes the following key components:
- Standards criteria that are understandable, measurable, and verifiable
- Accountability and transparent monitoring to assess achievement of and ongoing compliance with quality standards and to validate the assignment of scores
- Support to encourage participation and improve quality, including training, technical assistance, mentoring, and peer-learning opportunities
- Consumer education to inform families and the community about the importance of quality in child care and early learning programs
- Financial incentives to help programs improve learning environments, attain higher scores, and sustain long-term quality