Overview

Every four years, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) conducts a comprehensive review of the Texas Rising Star program. TWC’s most recent review was completed in 2021, and TWC has begun to implement the resulting changes.

TWC established a Texas Rising Star workgroup to help inform the review. The workgroup considered stakeholder input and developed recommendations for TWC to consider in the development of new certification Guidelines. On January 5, 2021, the Commission approved the Amendments to TWC’s Chapter 809 Child Care Services RulesPDF based on the workgroup’s recommendations. These rules became effective January 25, 2021, and implementation will begin April 1, 2021.

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Stakeholder Feedback

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. In February 2020, TWC invited the public to learn about the workgroup’s recommendations and to provide comment during the following public meetings.

Date Location Notes PDF

 

4-Feb

Austin 

Workforce Solutions Capital Area

Austin

 

12-Feb

Houston

Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC)

Houston

 

13-Feb

McAllen

Workforce Solutions Corporate Office

McAllen

 

19-Feb

Arlington

North Central Texas Council of Governments

Arlington

 

20-Feb

Waco

McLennan County Workforce Solutions Center

Waco

 

25-Feb

Lubbock

Workforce Solutions South Plains

Lubbock

 

26-Feb

El Paso

YWCA

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.texas.gov.

Meeting Materials and Revised Draft Documents

Texas Rising Star 4-year Review Recommendations OverviewPDF

Data Summary: Detailed Workgroup Revision Summary MS Word

Facility Assessment Record FormMS Word (revised 02/2021)

Classroom Assessment Record Form MS Word (revised 02/2021)

Continuous Quality Improvement Plan Form MS Word (revised 02/2021)

Screening Form for Current Texas Rising Star ProgramsPDF (revised 02/2021)

Screening Form for Initial ApplicantsPDF (revised 02/2021)

Revised Texas Rising Star Guidelines MS Word (revised 02/2021)

Pre-Star Checklist MS Word (revised 12/2020)

Revisions Overview for Non-Certified Programs Power Point Microsoft PowerPoint

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.texas.gov at least 7–10 working days prior to the meeting, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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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

July 7, 2020

Commission to consider administrative rule changes and revision to Guidelines

August - December 2020

TWC rulemaking process to implement revisions

January 5, 2021

Rule changes and Guideline revisions effective

January - Spring 2021 Deferment of Texas Rising Star visits

Early Summer 2021

Implementation 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.

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.texas.gov 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 

April 3, 2020, Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Materials

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Workgroup Resources

 

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