Texas Rising Star Categories

Child care and early learning programs that voluntarily achieve Texas Rising Star certification offer quality care that exceeds the State’s Child Care Regulation’s Licensing Minimum Standards for director and staff qualifications, teacher-child interactions, program administration, family education and engagement, and indoor/outdoor learning environments are in a better position to contribute to the early development of children. As early learning programs progress through the levels of certification, they progressively contribute more to the development of the children they serve.

The Texas Rising Star program organizes measures into four categories. Learn more about each of these categories below.

  • Category 1: Director and Staff Qualifications and Training
  • Category 2: Teacher-Child Interactions
  • Category 3: Program Administration
  • Category 4: Indoor/Outdoor Learning Environments
Category 1: Director and Staff Qualifications and Training

Measures in this category relate to the education, experience, and training of the 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 in this category relate to the group size, teacher/ 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 in this category relate to the education and involvement of parents and families in the program and program management and supports.

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/Outdoor Learning Environments

Measures in this category relate the equipment, materials, and arrangement of the indoor and outdoor learning environment.

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