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About Texas Rising Star

Texas Rising Star is a voluntary, quality rating system for child care programs participating in the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) subsidized child care system. Texas Rising Star certification is available to licensed center programs and licensed and registered child care home programs that meet the certification criteria. The quality of care at participating programs is rated, and programs are recognized on a tiered system with 2-, 3-, and 4-star programs reaching progressively higher levels of quality.

Programs that achieve Texas Rising Star certification offer quality care that exceeds the state’s Minimum Child Care Licensing Standards for director and staff qualifications, teacher-child interactions, lesson plans and curriculum, nutrition and indoor/outdoor environments, and parent involvement and education. These programs provide quality early education experiences that contribute to the early development of children. As programs advance through the Texas Rising Star levels, they contribute progressively more to the development of the children that they serve on a daily basis. Learn more at

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About the Data

The data provided is an overview of Texas Rising Star since October 2014. In reviewing the data, it is important to understand the various factors that can affect Texas Rising Star. These factors include changes in policies at the federal, state, and Local Workforce Development Board (Board) levels, changes in methodology for collecting and reporting data, the differences in populations in a Board’s local workforce development area (that is, urban or rural), and the seasonal changes in families’ child care needs.

Child Care by the Numbers presents data on children in care two different ways:

  • average number of children per day – on average, how many children are receiving care each day
  • unduplicated count – actual number of individual children served for one day or more in the report period. 

Data is provided annually and monthly:

  • Annual - When annual data is reported, the year is based on the board contract year (BCY) of October 1st through September 30th. The data reported here begins in October 2014, or BCY ’15.
  • Monthly - Monthly views will show the most recent 13-month look back. This allows the user to view seasonal trends and year over year data changes. 

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