Become a Texas Rising Star Provider

Are you wondering, how do I become a Texas Rising Star Provider? Are you curious about the qualifications for the Texas Rising Star program? Let's jump into it. The Texas Rising Star program is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for child care programs participating in the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) subsidized child care program. Texas Rising Star certification is available to licensed centers and licensed and registered child care home facilities that meet the certification criteria.

All programs applying for Texas Rising Star certification must:

  • have an active agreement with a Board to provide subsidized child care and a current Pre-Star designation;
  • have a permanent (non-expiring) license or registration from CCR*;
  • have at least 12 months of licensing history with CCR*;
  • demonstrate a high level of compliance with CCR minimum standards* over the preceding 12 months in accordance with the Texas Rising Star Initial Screening Form; and
  • ensure that a center director account is created in the Workforce Registry and that the director encourage their staff members to create individual accounts within the Workforce Registry.

*Programs that are not regulated by CCR but are regulated by the US military and in good standing are also eligible to apply for Texas Rising Star certification.

Be sure to apply at the Texas Rising Star website to get started.