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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

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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Stayed Informed

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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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