News and Events

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NEWS

Texas Rising Star 4-year review for revisions to the certification guidelines is complete. These revisions are effective January 25, 2021 and were implemented on September 1, 2021. To see information regarding the revisions, visit the Texas Rising Star 4-year review webpage.

Child Care by the Numbers is a report that includes data that gives an overview of Texas Rising Star since October 2014. Child Care by the Numbers provides information on the number of child care programs serving subsidized children, and the number and percent of these programs who are Texas Rising Star certified. It also provides information on:

  • the number of children served, and
  • the number and percent of children who selected a Texas Rising Star certified program.

Annual and monthly data is available by Board area or statewide. Data is updated quarterly.

The Texas Child Care Availability Portal helps match families that need care with early learning programs that have available spots. It takes less than 1 minute to update the early learning program’s availability information using the Availability Form. Benefits to early learning programs include:

  • No-cost promotional information about your program, including your Texas Rising Star status
  • Easily accessed information about your current openings, updated by you on a weekly basis
  • Early access to new offerings such as distribution programs for supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE)

The Summer 2020 issue was the final issue of the Texas Child Care Quarterly. TWC would like to thank the Texas Child Care Quarterly staff for their many years of commitment and providing informative content to Texas early child care educators and parents. To read previous issues click here

Child Care and Early Learning Newsletter – a monthly newsletter distributed by the TWC Child Care and Early Learning department. Sign up to receive this newsletter under the NEWS section (bottom right) on the TWC website and select “Early Childhood Care and Education” as a subscription topic.

INITIATIVES

TWC sponsors various initiatives at a state level in which many early learning programs across the state can participate in. Current initiatives include the following:

  • Texas Infant Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN): An ITSN is a state-based system that supports and coordinates the work of specialists who serve infant and toddler care early learning programs, by creating a community of professional development and peer support to better the experiences for infants and toddlers in their classrooms. To learn more and potentially participate, visit the Texas ITSN website.
  • Texas Family Child Care Network (FCCN): A FCCN is a regional-based system that supports and coordinates the work of family child care programs (registered or licensed) by creating a community of professional development and peer support to better the experiences for the children and families they serve. The FCCN will offer free resources, training, and services, including mentoring and coaching from Avance, Inc (Travis County) and United Way of Denton County.
  • Child Care Business Training: Collaborative for Children will be providing regional trainings, focused on business practices tailored to the needs of child care administrators, such as business management, financial stability, personnel management, increased recruitment and retention of staff, communication, family and community engagement.
  • Professional Development for Early Childhood Education: Scholarships via the T.E.A.C.H. program for eligible early childhood educators to obtain a Child Development Associate (CDA), Associate or Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or participating in an early childhood apprenticeship.
  • Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Green Space Learning will be providing supports for early learning programs regarding reducing suspension and expulsions and addressing challenging behaviors for the children they work with.
  • Staff Retention: Together 4 Children and Start Early (previously the Ounce of Prevention) will be providing regional supports for early learning programs regarding staff retention.

EVENTS

TWC’s Child Care & Early Learning Division hosts conference style events for Texas Rising Star-certified early learning programs in an effort to assist early childhood educators in obtaining professional development to meet annual requirements. For more information on upcoming events, please visit the Child Care & Early Learning Conferences web page.

Be sure to check here for more information regarding future events and initiatives.