CORPUS CHRISTI – Commissioner Hope Andrade of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) acknowledged and presented a commemorative tile to the Texas Rising Star (TRS) Child Care Providers within the Coastal Bend’s 12-county region at a recognition presentation on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at the Workforce Solutions Sunrise Career Center located at 5858 S.P.I.D., Suite 1, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

In 2012, Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend (WFSCB) received $11.4 million dollars from the Texas Workforce Commission to provide subsidized Child Care Services for low-income families within its 12-county region which includes Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio counties. This funding makes it possible for parents to maintain jobs or attend school or participate in training activities which enable them to enhance their quality of life and the lives of their children.

“Workforce Solutions congratulates the TRS Child Care Providers who are enhancing the quality of service to the children in the Coastal Bend region and building the future workforce,” said Ken Trevino, President/CEO, Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend. The 2013 TRS Child Care Providers who will be honored at the recognition presentation are: A Bar Z Ponderosa I, A Bar Z Ponderosa II, Ana Briseno Family Day Home, Aurora Castillo Family Day Home, Bay Area Child Development Center, Bay Area Child Development Center II, Bundles of Care, Coastal Bend College Child Development Center, Del Mar College – Morris L. Lichtenstein Jr., Driscoll Hospital Center for Young Children, Elgin Neighborhood Center, First Baptist School, First Christian Day School, First Learning Tree, First Presbyterian Pre-School, First United Methodist Church-Vinson Morris, Gollihar Neighborhood Center, Greenwood Molina Children's Center, Jewish Community Council, Kinder Care Learning Center #942, Learning Tree Center, Little Rascals Day Care, Lord of Life Lutheran Child Development Center, Molina Neighborhood Center, Ms. Cristina’s Family Group Day Home, Nelda’s Family Day Home, Open Arms Child Development Center, Our Lady of the Rosary Learning Center, Precious Moments Group Day Home, Red Barn Private School, Inc., Second Baptist Child Development Center, Small World Child Care, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Academy, St. John's Learning Center, The Rise School of Corpus Christi, Trinity Services Family Day Home, Wesley Community Center - Corpus Christi, and the Wesley Community Center – Robstown.

The Texas Rising Star (TRS) Provider Certification is a voluntary quality rating system for Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)-subsidized children in licensed and registered facilities that is implemented at the local level. TRS has three levels of certification: Two-Star; Three-Star; and Four-Star. TRS encourages child care providers to attain progressively higher certification requirements that exceed minimum child care licensing standards. TRS helps improve the quality of care for TWC-subsidized children.

The purpose of TWC-funded child care services is two-fold: (1) to assist low-income families maintain or transition toward self-sufficiency by providing child care subsidies to eligible parents who are working or participating in education or training, and (2) to promote early physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of children who are the state’s future workforce. Child care providers that voluntarily achieve TRS Provider certification, offering quality care that exceeds the State’s minimum Child Care Licensing standards for health and safety, group size, child/staff ratios, caregiver training, and age-appropriate curricula and activities, are the providers that contribute most significantly to the early development of children. These criteria are based on a long history of quality standards.

In the mid to late 1970’s, there were federal standards for quality child care that were implemented across the nation. Using the earlier federal standards and research on specific indicators of quality in the child care field, child care service control standards were developed. These standards were piloted from August 1985 through March 1986. A sampling of about 700 out of 1,200 facilities was assessed, and findings from this study formed the basis for the refinement and development of the TRS Provider Certification Criteria. These criteria have been in use since June 1991. It has been 18 years since the initial implementation of the TRS Provider certification criteria and process. These criteria are monitored and updated on a regular basis.

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