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The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) reviews the Texas Rising Star program every four years. TWC conducted the most recent review in 2019-2020.

To help inform the review, TWC established the Texas Rising Star workgroup. The workgroup:

  • considered stakeholder input, and
  • developed recommendations for TWC to consider for changes to the certification guidelines.

On January 5, 2021, the Commission approved amendments to TWC’s Child Care Services Rules based on the workgroup’s recommendations. These rules became effective January 25, 2021.

May 2019Workgroup established
June 2019Regional 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 2019Bi-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 2020Bi-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 2020TWC Approval of Draft TRS Guidelines
February 2020Regional public meetings to receive input on draft TRS Guidelines
July 7, 2020Commission to consider administrative rule changes and revision to Guidelines
August - December 2020TWC rulemaking process to implement revisions
January 5, 2021Rule changes and Guideline revisions effective
January - Spring 2021Deferment of Texas Rising Star visits
Early Summer 2021Implementation of revisions begins (current TRS providers will implement at upcoming visit or via prioritization plan) This date is TBD. For more information, please see WD Letter 06-21.

Reagan MillerTexas Workforce Commission
Julie RichardsTexas Health and Human Services Commission
Jacquie PorterTexas Education Agency
April CrawfordUT Health Science Center, Children’s Learning Institute
Mandi KimballChildren at Risk
Kim KofronTexas Association for the Education of Young Children
Belinda RojasTogether4Children
Michael GonzalezKids R Kids
Bea VargasEl Papalote Inclusive Child Development Center
Murriel WebbBraswell Child Development Center
Jill GoodrichOpportunity School
Erica MataBess Knapp Child Development and Child Care
Sheila MatthewsOpen Door East School
Rahima BahalimSuper Kids Academy
Carolyn GriffinGrace Place Child Development Center
Anthony BillingsWorkforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas
Mary RossWorkforce Solutions of West Central Texas
Judy McDonaldWorkforce Solutions for Tarrant County

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 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.

Workgroup Meetings & Materials

DateMeeting NotesMeeting Materials
June 24, 2019, Conference CallTRS Workgroup Meeting Notes, May 2, 2019
July 23, 2019, MeetingTranscript
August 15, 2019, Conference CallAugust 15, 2019 Conference Call Workgroup Notes
August 29, 2019, Conference CallAugust 29, 2019 Conference Call Workgroup Notes
September 26, 2019, Conference CallN/A
October 10, 2019, Conference CallConference Call Workgroup Meeting Notes
October 24, 2019, Conference CallConference Call Workgroup Meeting Notes
October 29, 2019, Meeting Meeting Minutes
November 18, 2019, Conference CallTRS Conference Call Meeting Notes
December 2, 2019, Conference CallConference Call 12.2.19 Notes
December 13, 2019, Conference CallConference Call 12.13.19 Notes
December 17, 2019, Conference CallMeeting Minutes
January 6, 2020, Conference CallConference Call Meeting Notes
January 13, 2020, Conference CallConference Call Meeting Notes
April 3, 2020, Conference CallN/A

Texas Government Code §2001.039 and 40 Texas Administrative Code §809.130 requires TWC to review and update the Texas Rising Star guidelines at a minimum every four years. 

The review must consider input from stakeholders from a public hearing. In February 2020, TWC invited the public to learn about the workgroup’s recommendations and to provide comment during the following public meetings.

February 4, 2020Austin
Workforce Solutions Capital Area
February 12, 2020Houston
Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments(HGAC)
February 13, 2020McAllen
Workforce Solutions Corporate Office
February 19, 2020Arlington
North Central Texas Council of Governments
February 20, 2020Waco
McLennan County Workforce Solutions Center
February 25, 2020Lubbock
Workforce Solutions South Plains
February 26, 2020El Paso
El Paso

Meeting Materials and Revised Draft Documents