Jump Start to Texas Rising Star

The Jump Start includes a subset of DRC resources that can help you get started building quality in a specific area. Each topic has four sections for you to:

  • Reflect: Stop and consider where you are in this area of practice, both strengths and areas of improvement. This can help you identify the best learning and practice resources for your program.
  • Define: Understand which Texas Rising Star measures relate to this topic area.
  • Learn: Explore foundational learning resources like courses, examples, and publications to build your understanding of this topic area.
  • Practice and Improve: Find tools, templates, tips, and/or strategies that you can start to put into practice or use to improve your practices.

Select a topic to get started!


Child Assessment

Assessments (formal and informal) can help programs learn more about children’s individual development and learning needs. Assessment ... learn more

Child Care Regulation

Texas Health and Human Services protects children by regulating and educating child care providers. The Minimum Standards reduce risk fo... learn more


A curriculum provides classroom staff with a clear plan for delivering quality learning experiences to children of any age group. Withou... learn more

Family Education and Involvement

Broadly, family education and involvement refers to efforts by the early learning program to keep families informed and to part... learn more

Health and Nutrition

Health and nutrition refers broadly to policies and practices that support children’s overall health and safety. This measure... learn more

Inclusive Classrooms

Inclusion refers to integrating children with physical, behavioral, linguistic, or learning... learn more

Leadership and Management

High-quality program leadership and management make a significant contribution to program and child outcomes. learn more

Maintaining Staff Records

CCR Minimum Standards require programs to have personnel records for every employee, caregiver, substitute, and volunteer. Records must ... learn more

Pre-K Partnerships

A prekindergarten (pre-k) partnership is a collaboration between a school district or charter school and one or more quality-rated child... learn more

Staff Retention Strategies

Taking care of children is difficult, but it’s a little easier in a positive work environment. A structured onboarding process will se... learn more

Staff Training Plans

Training is important in any workplace, but it’s absolutely essential when working with children. The types of training that ELP emplo... learn more

Classroom Improvements

Indoor Learning Environment

Carefully planned spaces intentionally include all the materials and activities that children need to grow and develop. Children should ... learn more

Instructional Formats and Approaches to Learning

A daily schedule that allows children to make choices, learn in varied group sizes and environments, and receive individualized support ... learn more

Language Facilitation and Support

Support for children’s language development is a key feature of quality in early care and education settings. Frequent language stimul... learn more

Outdoor Learning Environment

Outdoor learning experiences are necessary for healthy development. Daily opportunities to play outdoors help children develop their gro... learn more

Play-Based Interactions and Guidance

Play-based learning is more beneficial than traditional teaching methods because it is a developmentally appropriate way for young child... learn more

Support for Children’s Regulation

An important part of becoming a learner is a child’s ability to regulate themselves in different situations. This might look like an i... learn more

Warm and Responsive Style

Teachers can build a warm and safe environment by attending to children’s needs and responding to children in a way that keeps the con... learn more