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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.

Numerous research studies have shown that children who attend higher-quality early learning programs are more prepared for school entry than children who do not attend high-quality programs. Child care and early learning programs that voluntarily achieve Texas Rising Star certification, offering quality care that exceeds the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Child Care Regulation (CCR) minimum standards, are in a better position to positively affect the physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development of children. As programs advance through the levels of Texas Rising Star certification, they are increasingly able to positively affect the development of the children they serve daily.

Download the Texas Rising Star Brochure (English | Español | Tiếng Việt)

Interested in learning more about Texas Rising Star? Complete the Orientation Course (and receive training hour credit) to better understand Texas Rising Star, which includes an overview of the Texas Rising Star program application process, an overview of the required and points-based measures on which a child care and early learning program’s quality certification is determined, and an introduction to the on-site assessment process through which a program attains Texas Rising Star certification. A live orientation session may also be provided by local Texas Rising Star staff by completing the “Interest Form”.

Texas Rising Star offers many resources for Texas early learning programs. Use the buttons below to explore our website, learn about Texas Rising Star, and how you can apply to be a Texas Rising Star certified early learning program.