Texas Rising Star

A TEXAS RISING STAR (TRS) PROVIDER IS A CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROVIDER WHO VOLUNTARILY MEETS CRITERIA THAT EXCEEDS THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE (DFPS) CHILD CARE LICENSING MINIMUM STANDARDS.


The TRS criteria looks at the overall operation of the facility and the experiences provided for children while in care. The criteria includes meeting the following requirements:

  • Compliance with DFPS licensing
  • Qualifications for directors and caregivers in licensed child care centers and registered and licensed child care homes
  • Staff orientation for new employees
  • Staff training for licensed child care centers registered and licensed child care homes

  • The benefits to being a Texas Rising Star Provider include:
  • TRS providers offer a higher quality of care, which benefits children and families and may ultimately promote their program.
  • Child Protective Services (CPS) requires that CPS children be placed only with TRS providers.
  • TRS providers are eligible for higher reimbursement rates from CCA.
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    The four levels of certification for Texas Rising Star Providers are:
  • Four-Star: the highest level; provider meets the majority of the criteria and represents the highest quality in the TRS program.
  • Three-Star: provider meets many of the criteria, but sets goals to improve and move to next level. Certification is issued for two years.
  • Two-Star: provider does not meet enough of the criteria to be three-star but has the potential to meet three-star level within one year.
  • Deferred: provider does not meet enough of the criteria to be certified at any level.

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