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Texas Rising Star

Certifying exceptional child care providers

Texas Rising Star is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system for providers that take part in the Texas Workforce Commission’s subsidized child care program. TRS-certified providers have shown that they provide the exceptional care, resources, support, and early learning experience that prepare children for lifelong success and achievement.


Effective October 1, 2022 any Texas child care provider wishing to participate in the Texas Workforce
Commission Child Care Services (CCS) program must be designated as Entry Level and agree to work with a mentor towards Texas Rising Star certification. Follow the steps to Entry Level Designation!

Have questions?

Collaborative for Children administers the certifications in the Houston-Galveston region through funding by the Gulf Coast Workforce Board. Our expert assessors and mentors can help you apply, prepare for, and attain certification or move up in the program’s star-level ratings.


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What TRS certification means to you

  • You’ll receive increased subsidy reimbursements and free resources and training.
  • You’ll attract more families looking for high-quality child care.
  • You’ll play a significant role in helping children reach their full potential and be ready to grow and thrive in the 21st century workplace.

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