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Child care providers can choose to meet program standards that exceed minimum standards set by TDFPS by agreeing to some of the following: smaller group sizes, directors and caregivers have additional training, accreditation by a professional organization that requires a specific set of standards be met that are above the minimum standards set by TDFPS.

  • Texas Rising Star Providers
    Across Texas, parents and families enroll their children into child care programs, including center-based and home-based programs. Numerous research studies have shown that at-risk children who attend higher quality child care programs are more prepared from school entry than children who do not attend quality child care programs.

    Those providers that voluntarily achieve TRS provider certification, offering 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. As providers progress through the levels of TRS provider certification, they contribute progressively more to the development of the children they serve on a daily basis.

For more information, visit Texas Rising Star.

  • Texas School Ready
    Providers that choose to participate in the Texas School Ready Model, developed by the State Center, receive professional teacher training and mentoring to increase quality activities and better prepare preschool age children when they start school. A Texas School Ready!™ Certified Provider has obtained the certification pursuant to Texas Education Code 29.161.