Texas Rising Star Program: Voluntary & Quality Childcare One Star at a Time
Aug 03, 2016 02:52PM
● By Melanie Heisinger
Photo courtesy of the TRS website.
According to the TRS official website, "The Texas Rising Star program is “a voluntary, quality-based child care rating system of child care providers participating in the Texas Workforce Commission’s subsidized child care program.” TRS Certification is available to Licensed Center and Licensed and Registered Child Care Home providers who meet the certification criteria. The TRS Provider certification system offers three levels of certification (Two-Star, Three-Star, and Four-Star) to encourage providers to attain progressively higher certification requirements leading to a Four-Star level."
This rating system provides incentive for both the parents looking to apply to a children's day care, as well as the day care itself. Parents are more likely to want their children at a highly rated school, thus more applications, and day care centers earn more money for having a higher rating. It's a win win.
A school that is a certified TRS provider is "a child care provider that has an agreement to serve Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)-subsidized children and that voluntarily meets requirements that exceed the State’s Minimum Child Care Licensing (CCL) Standards."
The rating of a care center is determined by a series of factors that are considered, which are:
Category 1: Director and Staff Qualifications and TrainingMeasures relating to the education, experience, and training of the staff, including directors and all caregivers.
Category 2: Caregiver-Child Interactions
Measures relating to the group size, caregiver:child ratio, and quality of interactions between caregivers and children in the classroom.
Category 3: Curriculum
Measures relating to the lesson plans, curriculum, and instructional formats that caregivers use in the classroom.
Category 4: Nutrition and Indoor/Outdoor Activities
Measures relating to the nutrition policies and practices, as well as the equipment, materials, and arrangement of the indoor and outdoor learning environment.
Category 5: Parent Involvement and Education
Measures relating to the education and involvement of parents and families in the program.
To view the full Guideline details, you can visit their website.
Day care centers that are rated with the TRS program are important to consider. These businesses go above and beyond for the children that attend, and that is an incredibly valuable initiative.
The Children's Spot is one day care in Mansfield that officially has a 4 star rating, and they are incredibly proud of that. They excel in education, particularly STEM, as we learned from our previous article, "The Importance of S.T.E.M. Education."
To learn more about the TRS program, you can visit their website.