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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 - December 2023Texas Rising Star 2023 Workgroup Meetings

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

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

Texas Government Code §2001.039 and 40 Texas Administrative Code §809.130, requires TWC to review and update the Texas Rising Star Guidelines every four years. The review must consider input from stakeholders from a public hearing. In February 2024, TWC invited the public to learn about the workgroup’s recommendations and to provide comment during regional public stakeholder meetings hosted by local Workforce Solutions partners. 

The following meetings were conduced. We welcome stakeholders to submit comments at any time to

Date and TimeLocation

Thursday, February 8

6:00 PM (CST)

Community Foundation of Abilene

850 N. 1st Street, Abilene, TX 79601

Tuesday, February 13

6:00 PM (CST)

Workforce Solutions of Williamson County

575 Round Rock West Drive, Building H, Suite 240, Round Rock, TX 78681

Wednesday, February 21

6:00 PM (CST)

Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast

3555 Timmons Ln., Houston, TX 77027

Thursday, February 22

6:00 PM (CST)

Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande Valley

3101 W Business 83 McAllen, TX 78501, Mesquite Room

Monday, February 26

6:00 PM (CST)

Pegasus Park

3000 Pegasus Park, Dallas, TX 75247, Ballroom 101

Wednesday, February 28

6:00 PM (CST)

Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Listen to the recording:

Child Care & Early Learning Stakeholder Meeting:

The following documents are provided to support stakeholders in understanding the proposed changes and how these will be noted within the applicable Texas Rising Star documents. Additional items may be provided as needed when they are available.