Texas Rising Star is a voluntary, quality-based child care rating system for childcare providers participating in the Texas Workforce Commission’s subsidized child care program. Texas Rising Star Certified Providers exceed the state’s minimum child care licensing standards and, in return, receive valuable benefits.
Child Care Licensing requires all child care programs in the state to comply with basic regulations around health and safety, known as minimum licensing standards. Many child care programs, including Texas Rising Star Certified Providers, choose to exceed these minimum licensing standards by providing higher quality learning environments for the children in their programs. This can include a higher quality curriculum, classroom activities, teacher qualifications, and parent education.
Texas Rising Star Certified Providers offer quality care that exceeds the State’s Minimum Child Care Licensing Standards for director and staff qualifications, caregiver-child interactions, age-appropriate curricula and activities, nutrition and indoor/outdoor activities, and parent involvement and education, are in a better position to contribute to the early development of children.
The Texas Rising Star program includes three levels of quality designation—2-star, 3-star, and 4-star. At Hilltop Children’s Center, we are proud to be a 4-Star quality early childhood education provider.