Quality Initiatives

General Information

Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas recognizes the vital role that quality child care plays in the development of young children. A child’s experience during the critical early years lays the foundation for the rest of their lives. As a result, child care affects the way that children think, learn, and behave.

Texas Rising Star Program

Because the quality of care a child receives early in life is so critically important, Workforce Solutions encourages their contracted providers to participate in the Texas Rising Star (TRS) Program, a voluntary program designed to recognize those child care providers meeting criteria that exceeds the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Care Licensing Minimum Standards.

To learn more about the Texas Rising Star program, please visit Texas Rising Star website (best displayed with Google Chrome browser). To express your interest in becoming a Texas Rising Star provider, contact the CCS office at 325-795-4200 and ask to speak to a Child Development Specialist.

Infant & Toddler Classroom Expansion Program

Quality care for infants and toddlers is a huge need in our 19-county region. Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas is launching a classroom expansion incentive program in summer 2019 to increase the number of infant/toddler slots available at participating child care providers. This will directly impact access to quality care for families with children under the age of three. The program is open to all CCS providers, with priority access for providers participating in TRS. Home-based and center-based CCS facilities are eligible to apply. Program participation applies to providers currently offering infant/toddler care that will be creating additional slots and/or providers newly offering infant/toddler care through slots created by this expansion program. Financial incentives will be awarded up to $2,000 per additional infant/toddler slot! Completed applications must be sent to Norah.Orchard@workforcesystem.org no later than Friday, July 19, 2019. Funds are limited and will be awarded first-come, first-serve.
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