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Overview

Every four years, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) conducts a comprehensive review of the Texas Rising Star (TRS) program. The comprehensive review is performed in addition to any changes that were made during the four-year period. TWC is beginning the comprehensive review of TRS, which is scheduled to be completed in 2020. Stakeholders are a critical component of this review. 

TWC has established a TRS workgroup to help inform the review. The TRS workgroup will review all of the input we receive and develop recommendations for TWC to consider in the development of new TRS Guidelines. This includes input from TWC-funded research that was conducted by the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. CLI’s initial findings are available now. A link to this information is included under “Workgroup Resources.” The TRS workgroup also will consider input we receive from stakeholders. We invite child care providers and other stakeholders to submit input to TWC.

Texas Rising Star Revisions Overview Webinar (https://twc.adobeconnect.com/_a952639191/p5i75srojqtw/)

Transcript of Texas Rising Star Revisions Overview Webinar PDF

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Texas Rising Star Public Stakeholder Meeting Announcement

Pursuant to Texas Government Code §2001.039 and 40 Texas Administrative Code §809.130, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) must review and update the Texas Rising Star guidelines at a minimum every four years. The review must consider input from stakeholders via a public hearing prior to submitting stakeholder input to TWC. TWC must then adopt the final updates in an open meeting.

Beginning in May 2019, TWC convened a workgroup that included various stakeholders from across the state to review the guidelines and recommend revisions. Over the preceding eight months, the workgroup has met regularly to review Texas Rising Star guidelines in detail and to engage in a collaborative effort to improve the standards.

TWC invites the public to learn about the workgroup’s recommendations and to provide comment. The following public meetings will take place in February 2020:

Date Time Location Notes PDF

Tuesday

4-Feb
6pm

Austin 

Workforce Solutions Capital Area

9001 N IH 35, Ste 110  Austin TX
Austin

Wednesday

12-Feb
6pm

Houston

Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC)

3555 Timmons Suite 120, 2nd floor conference room A-C, Houston TX 77027
Houston

Thursday

13-Feb
6pm

McAllen

Workforce Solutions Corporate Office

3101 W. U.S. Highway 83 McAllen, TX  78501
McAllen

Wednesday

19-Feb
6pm

Arlington

North Central Texas Council of Governments

600 Six Flags Drive, Suite 300 Tejas A-B Conference Room Arlington, TX 76011
Arlington

Thursday

20-Feb
6pm

Waco

McLennan County Workforce Solutions Center
 

1416 S. New Road Rm. #272 Waco, TX 76711

Waco

Tuesday

25-Feb
6pm

Lubbock

Workforce Solutions South Plains

2002 West Loop 289 Suite 117 (inside Wayland Plaza) Lubbock, TX  79401
Lubbock

Wednesday

26-Feb
6pm

El Paso

YWCA

Joyce Whitfield Jaynes Branch, 1600 Brown Street El Paso, TX 79902
El Paso

Please join us at any of the meetings to provide feedback for consideration. More information about the proposed changes is available below. We also welcome interested parties to submit comments by February 26, 2020, to TRS4YearReview@twc.state.tx.us.

Meeting Materials

Texas Rising Star 4-year Review Recommendations Overview

Data Summary: Detailed Workgroup Revision Summary

Facility Assessment Record Form

Classroom Assessment Record Form

Continuous Quality Improvement Plan Form

Screening Form for Current Texas Rising Star Programs

Revised Texas Rising Star Guidelines

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend any of the meetings and who may need auxiliary aids, services, or special accommodations should contact Conference and Media Services at (512) 463-6389 or by email at conferenceplanning.media@twc.state.tx.us at least 7–10 working days prior to the meeting, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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Sign up to receive “TRS 4-Year Review” updates.

 

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TRS Workgroup Members

Name

Organization/Business

Reagan Miller

Texas Workforce Commission

Julie Richards

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Jacquie Porter

Texas Education Agency

April Crawford

UT Health Science Center, Children’s Learning Institute

Mandi Kimball

Children at Risk

Kim Kofron

Texas Association for the Education of Young Children

Belinda Rojas

Together4Children

Michael Gonzalez

Kids R Kids

Bea Vargas

El Papalote Inclusive Child Development Center

Murriel Webb

Braswell Child Development Center

Jill Goodrich

Opportunity School

Erica Mata

Bess Knapp Child Development and Child Care

Sheila Matthews

Open Door East School

Rahima Bahalim

Super Kids Academy

Carolyn Griffin

Grace Place Child Development Center

Anthony Billings

Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas

Mary Ross

Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas

Judy McDonald

Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County

 

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TRS Review Timeline

May 2019 Workgroup established
June 2019 Regional Focus Group meetings – Heart of Texas, West Central, Tarrant County, Lower Rio, Coastal Bend, Gulf Coast, Rural Capital, Texoma
July 23, 2019
10:00am – 2:00pm

TRS Workgroup Meeting, 10am – 4:00pm,
101 East 15th Street, Austin
This will be a posted meeting, open to the public.

August – October 2019 Bi-Weekly Workgroup Conference Calls

October 29, 2019
10:30am – 2:30pm

TRS Workgroup Meeting, 10:30am – 4:30pm,
101 East 15th Street, Austin
This will be a posted meeting, open to the public

November – January 2020 Bi-Weekly Workgroup Conference Calls

December 17, 2019
10:00am – 2:00pm

TRS Workgroup Meeting, 10am – 4:00pm,
101 East 15th Street, Austin
This will be a posted meeting, open to the public.

January 2020 TWC Approval of Draft TRS Guidelines

February 2020

Regional public meetings to receive input on draft TRS Guidelines

March 17, 2020

Commission to consider administrative rule changes and revision to Guidelines.

April - September 2020

TWC rulemaking process to implement revisions

October 5, 2020

Rule changes and Guideline revisions effective

October - December 2020 Tentative freeze on Texas Rising Star visits

January 2021

Implementation of revisions begins (current TRS providers will implement at recertification)

Throughout the TRS review process, the workgroup will also meet through conference calls, as necessary. TWC will post workgroup meeting material and notes on this page as they become available.

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Workgroup Meeting Notes & Materials

Feedback Data Summary

This Data Summary includes the data collected from the eight regional focus groups, TRS staff phone calls, and the emails received via the TRS4yearReview@twc.state.tx.us mailbox regarding the considerations provided for the review, as well as the workgroup’s input.The Data Summary is a working document and will be updated as necessary following each workgroup meeting.

June 24, 2019 Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Notes

Meeting Materials

July 23, 2019 Workgroup Meeting

Meeting Notes

Meeting Materials

August 15, 2019 Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Notes

Meeting Materials

August 29, 2019 Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Notes

Meeting Materials

September 26, 2019 Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Materials

October 10, 2019 Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Notes 

Meeting Materials

October 24, 2019 Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Notes 

Meeting Materials

October 29, 2019, Workgroup Meeting 

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Materials

November 18, 2019, Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Materials

December 2, 2019, Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Materials

December 13, 2019, Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Minutes 

Meeting Materials

December 17, 2019, Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Materials

January 6, 2020 Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Notes

Meeting Materials

January 13, 2020, Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Materials

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Workgroup Resources

 

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