Parent Frequently Asked Questions

What is Texas Rising Star?

The Texas Rising Star program is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for child care programs participating in the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) subsidized child care program. Texas Rising Star certification is available to licensed centers and licensed and registered child care home facilities that meet the certification criteria.

The Texas Rising Star program offers three levels of quality certification (2-Star, 3-Star, and 4-Star) to encourage child care and early learning programs to attain progressively higher levels of quality. These certification levels are tied to graduated enhanced reimbursement rates for children receiving subsidies.

What is a Texas Rising Star-certified Program?

A Texas Rising Star-certified program is an early learning program that has an agreement to serve Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)-subsidized children and voluntarily meets requirements that exceed the State’s Child Care Regulation Licensing minimum standards, receiving a certification level of 2-, 3-, or 4-Star.

What agency regulates child care in Texas?

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Child Care Regulation (CCR) Licensing department regulates child care in Texas.

How can I find a quality early learning program in my area?

A map of all Texas Rising Star-certified programs is updated regularly on this website. You can zoom in/out to view specific regions and click on any icon to view the details for a Texas Rising Star-certified early learning program, denoted by a colored dot.  You can also select the local workforce area of the state you wish to view as well and the certification level (2-, 3-, or 4-Star) of the programs that are certified. To confirm any early learning program’s  certification, please contact your local workforce development board for more information.