Getting Ready To Apply To TRS

As provided in Texas Government Code §2308.3155, the TRS program is a voluntary, quality-based child care rating system of child care providers participating in the Commission-subsidized child care program. Additionally, a child care provider is eligible to apply for TRS certification if the provider has a current agreement to serve Commission-subsidized children and the provider:

  • has a permanent (non-expiring) license or registration from CCL;
  • has at least 12 months of licensing history with CCL; and is not on:
    • corrective action with a Board pursuant to Subchapter F of this chapter;
    • a “Notice of Freeze” with the Commission pursuant to Chapter 213 of the Texas Labor Code (Enforcement of Texas Unemployment Compensation Act) or Chapter 61 of the Texas Labor Code (Payment of Wages); or
    • corrective or adverse action with CCL; or
  • is regulated by and in good standing with the US Military.

Additionally, TRS providers must demonstrate consistent compliance with minimum state licensing requirements. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is the child care licensing and regulatory agency for the state of Texas. The TRS Certification Guidelines include a list (beginning on page 2.2) of licensing deficiencies that affect a provider’s eligibility to participate in the Texas Rising Star program.

A child care facility is not eligible to apply for TRS certification if, during the most recent 12-month CCL licensing history, the provider had:
(1) any critical licensing deficiencies, as listed in the TRS guidelines;
(2) five or more high or medium-high licensing deficiencies, as listed in the TRS guidelines; or
(3) 10 or more total licensing deficiencies of any type.

Are you interested in applying to Texas Rising Star?

There are several steps to complete your program’s application for Texas Rising Star certification.  All relevant documents for your program’s TRS application are in the tabs below.  After you complete Steps 1-5, a representative from your local workforce development board will contact you to schedule your program’s assessment.  Click here to view a diagram of the TRS certification process.  TRS Certified Providers will have access to online professional development and child progress monitoring resources on CLI Engage, an e-learning platform, through a partnership between TWC and the Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth.  Learn more about the CLI Engage resources available to TRS Certified Providers.

1. Orientation

The Texas Rising Star Orientation can be found on the TRS Provider homepage. This orientation video includes an overview of the TRS program application process, an overview of the required and points-based measures on which a provider’s quality designation is rated, and finally, an introduction to the on-site assessment process through which TRS certification is attained. The Child Care Rules (809.133[a]) require all prospective TRS providers to view this orientation prior to submitting their applications.

2. TRS Interest Form

After reviewing the orientation video, a provider completes the Texas Rising Star Interest Form. This form collects basic information about the provider (facility address, Child Care licensing number, etc.) and submits it to the provider’s local workforce development Board. A provider can complete this interest form in order to inform the local Board of their interest in becoming a TRS certified provider.

3. TRS Self-Assessment Tools

The purpose of the TRS self-assessment tools is to provide applicants with a guided review of their programs to determine if they are ready to proceed with the full TRS Initial Certification Assessment. Two types of self-assessment tools can be completed: Facility (required) and Classroom (optional). The Facility Self-Assessment should be completed by the site owner/director and must be submitted with the application. A Classroom Self-Assessment is optional and can be completed by any lead teacher. These tools cover all TRS required and points-based quality measures on which the provider is rated in the Initial Certification Assessment. Copies of the self-assessment tools can be found below and in the TRS certification guidelines. TWC Child Care Rules require applicants to complete the TRS facility self-assessments. The facility self-assessment must be submitted with the TRS application and accompanying documents (see next step below).

Classroom Self-Assessment
Facility Self-Assessment

4. TRS Application, TRS Screening, and Document Checklists

Each provider must complete the TRS application (below). Additionally, providers must complete the appropriate TRS screening form based on their program type (below) and the TRS Site Visit Form. Assessors will screen the provider for licensing deficiencies and corrective/adverse actions prior to the on-site assessment.

Finally,  the provider must collect several documents that are used to verify required and points-based measures for the facility and staff. These documents must be made available for review during the on-site assessment, but they do not have to be submitted with the application. A detailed list of these documents is compiled in the TRS Document Checklists (below). Two checklists are provided: one refers to measures that are required for certification at the 2-star level. The second checklist refers to measures that are points-based. Providers are not required to meet all the point-based measures. If the provider does not have the documentation on the checklist for a point-based measure, the assessor will not score that measure.

Providers are asked to submit a completed copy of each checklist with their application as an attestation that they will have the documents available on-site.

Note: Nationally accredited providers must submit a TRS application and licensing screening form; they do not have to submit the document checklists.

TRS Application
Document Checklists

Licensing School Form After-School Programs Licensing School Form Center-Based Providers Licensing School Form Licensed Homes
5. Submission of Application

Providers must submit the:

  • TRS Application;
  • TRS Site Data Form;
  • Facility Self-Assessment (one per facility);
  • TRS Provider Certification Screening Form; and
  • Document Checklists;

These materials must be submitted to the local workforce development Board by the Board’s preferred method. Scroll down to view a table of local boards and their preferred submission method(s) and any related instructions.

After TRS staff receive the application package and confirm the provider’s eligibility, they will contact the provider within 20 calendar days to schedule the on-site Initial Certification Assessment.


Application Submission

Find your local workforce development board, and then learn how you can submit your TRS application to your local workforce development board.



Board No. Board Name Application Submission Options Mailing Address / Fax Number / Email Address
1 Workforce Solutions Panhandle Mail, Email 1206 SW 7th Avenue
Amarillo, Texas 79101
2 Workforce Solutions South Plains Mail, Email 1500 Broadway, Ste. 800
Lubbock, Texas 79401
3 Workforce Solutions North Texas Mail, Email 1501 Midwestern Pkwy, Ste 101
Wichita Falls, TX 76302
4 Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas Mail only PO Box 5888
Arlington, Texas 76005
5 Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County Mail, Fax, Email 305 NE Loop 820
Hurst, Texas 76053
Fax: 817-222-1055
6 Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas Mail, Fax, Email 1420 W. Mockingbird, Ste. 300
Dallas, Texas 75247
Fax: 214-905-2471
7 Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas Mail, Fax, Email 911 N. Bishop, Bldg. A100
Wake Village, Texas 75501
Fax: 903-794-8012
8 Workforce Solutions East Texas Mail only 3800 Stone Road
Kilgore, Texas 75662
9 Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Mail, Fax, Email 500 Chestnut Street, Ste. 1200
Abilene, Texas 79602
Fax: 325-795-4300
10 Workforce Solutions Borderplex Mail, Email 300 E. Main Street, Ste. 800
El Paso, Texas 79901
11 Workforce Solutions Permian Basin Email only Email:
12 Workforce Solutions Concho Valley Mail only 202 Henry O. Flipper Street
San Angelo, TX 76903
13 Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas Fax, Email Fax: 254-753-6355
14 Workforce Solutions Capital Area Mail, Fax, Email 9001 North IH-35, Ste 110E
Austin, Texas 78753
Fax: 512-597-7192
15 Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Mail only 1101 Arrow Point Dr, Ste. 203
Cedar Park, Texas 78613
16 Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley Mail, Email PO Drawer 4128
Bryan, Texas 77805
17 Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas Mail only 415 S. First St., Ste. 110B
Lufkin, Texas 75901
18 Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Mail/Drop off in person, Email 510 Park St #500
Beaumont, Texas 77701
19 Workforce Solutions Golden Crescent Mail/Drop off in person 120 S. Main, Ste. 501
Victoria, Texas 77902
20 Workforce Solutions Alamo Mail, Fax, Email 100 N. Santa Rosa, Ste. 120
San Antonio, Texas 78207
Fax: 210-272-3292
21 Workforce Solutions for South Texas Mail only 2389 E. Saunders
Laredo, Texas 78041
22 Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend Mail only 520 N. Staples
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
23 Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande Valley Mail/Drop off in person, Fax, Email 3101 W. Business 83
McAllen, Texas 78501
Fax: 1-866-867-8264
24 Workforce Solutions Cameron Mail, Email 700 Ruben M. Torres Blvd, 3rd floor
Brownsville, Texas 78520
25 Workforce Solutions Texoma Mail, Fax, Email 5904 Texoma Parkway
Sherman, Texas 75090
Fax: 903-957-7413
26 Workforce Solutions of Central Texas Email only Email:
27 Workforce Solutions Middle Rio Grande Mail, Fax, Email PO Box 760
Uvalde, Texas 78802
Fax: 830-591-0004
28 Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast Mail, Email 1111 N. Loop West, Ste. 600
Houston, Texas 77008