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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. TWC began the next review in July 2023.

To help inform the review, TWC established the Texas Rising Star 2023 workgroup. The workgroup:

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

July 20232023 Workgroup established
July – August 2023Regional Focus Group meetings – Alamo, Cameron, Central Texas, Coastal Bend, Gulf Coast, Lower Rio, North Central, Northeast, Rural Capital, Tarrant, Texoma, and West Central
August 24, 2023
10:00am – 2:00pm
Texas Rising Star 2023 Workgroup Meeting, 1117 Trinity Street, Austin

September – December 2023Bi-Weekly Workgroup Conference Calls (as needed)
January 2024TWC Approval of Draft Texas Rising Star Guidelines
February 2024Public stakeholder feedback sessions to receive input on draft Texas Rising Star Guidelines
April 2024Commission to consider administrative rule changes and revision to Guidelines
April - September 2024TWC rulemaking process to implement revisions
October 1, 2024Rule changes and Guideline revisions effective

Throughout the Texas Rising Star review process, the workgroup will also meet through conference calls, as necessary. TWC will post workgroup meeting materials on this page as they become available.

Reagan MillerTexas Workforce Commission
Rachelle DanielTexas Health and Human Services Commission
Lisa TrevinoTexas Health and Human Services Commission
April CrawfordUT Health Science Center, Children’s Learning Institute
Kim KofronChildren at Risk
Cody SummervilleTexas Association for the Education of Young Children
David FeigenTexans Care for Children
Melanie RubinNorth Texas Early Education Alliance 
Jenna CourtneyTexas Partnership for Out-of-School Time
Jerletha McDonaldArlington DFW Child Care Providers Association
Tobitha HolmesWISE Academy
Angel MorrenWee Care Child Care 
Youlanda HunterAlliance After-School Programs
Leticia MontoyaLetty's Loved Ones LCCH
Pattie RosenlundEaster Seals Child Development
Deontrise JonesFuture Moguls Learning Center
Betty Martinez Betty's Playhouse LCCH
Lourdes LopezWorkforce Solutions of Cameron County
Adrian LopezWorkforce Solutions of Alamo
Marsha LindseyWorkforce Solutions of Texoma

TWC will post workgroup meeting materials on this page as they become available. 

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 early 2024, TWC will invite the public to learn about the workgroup’s recommendations and to provide comment during posted public meetings (TBD).

Please join us at any of the meetings (once announced) to provide feedback for consideration.  We also welcome stakeholders to submit feedback and comments at any time to

These items will be provided once they are available.