Quality Improvement Programs
As part of our commitment to quality child care, Workforce Solutions Child Care Services offers quality rated programs, quality initiative activities and other community resources to child care providers who strive for quality.
Quality Rated Programs
Texas Rising Star Providers
The Texas Rising Star program is for child care providers who meet quality requirements that exceed the state's minimum licensing standards and that are designed to enhance the intellectual, physical, and social development of children in care. In return for their commitment to quality, providers receive numerous benefits including enhanced reimbursement rates, learning materials and equipment, child development college course scholarships, and more.
Click here for more information on qualifying for the Texas Rising Star program.
Texas School Ready!™ Grant Project (TSR!)
Formerly known as TEEM-Texas Early Education Model, the TSR! Grant Project is a high quality early childhood model, based on proven school readiness components. This program is administered by the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI).
Kindergarten Readiness System (KRS)
Formerly known as Texas School Ready Certification System (SRCS), KRS evaluates the effectiveness of prekindergarten, Head Start, and community-based licensed child care programs in preparing children for kindergarten.
Quality Initiative Activities
Quality Child Care Collaborative (QC3)
The Quality Child Care Collaborative is a partnership between WFS Capital Area the City of Austin, Travis County, United Way Success by 6, and Austin Community College. The goal of the program is to help providers become Texas Rising Star Providers and meet other national quality standards. Participating providers will receive free mentoring and training, technical assistance, referrals, and resources.
Success By 6
In partnership with United Way Capital Area, Success By 6 is a community-wide initiative of public and private partners working together to ensure all children under age six are healthy, nurtured, safe, and prepared to succeed in school. For more information on Success By 6, please visit United Way Capital Area's website.
Technical Assistance to Providers
We offer child care providers access to a professional staff person with extensive knowledge of child care programs. Whether you need technical assistance in implementing quality program or addressing compliance challenges, our staff can assist you in your goal to become an outstanding child care provider. Please contact us at (512) 597-7191.
We sponsor numerous training for child care providers throughout the year. Topics include Health & Safety, Infant/Toddler Care, Early Brain Development, Partnering with Parents, and Supervision 101. See Staff Training Section more information.
Child Care Director Symposiums
WFS Capital Area Child Care Services is the founder and co-host of the Child Care Directors Symposium, a two-day conference that aims to help child care directors learn important skills for business administration and quality improvement. The symposium is held in both the Capital Area and Rural Capital Area service delivery area and offer topics such as budgeting, evaluating staff, and time management. Conferences are held in the Spring. Information regarding upcoming symposiums is mailed to all Travis county providers and surrounding Rural Capital area counties. For additional information, please call (512) 597-7185.
The Jeannette Watson Wage Supplement Project is a salary supplement program. The salary supplement is intended as a means of identifying professionals who have furthered their education in Early Childhood Education or a closely related field. To be eligible, applicants must be working directly with children in a licensed child care facility and earning $14.00 or less per hour, and must have worked in their current facility for the past consecutive six months prior to initiating the application process. For more information, please contact us at (512) 597-7191.
Through a collaborative with community and state organizations, we provide additional quality improvement programs to childcare providers. These organizations include Austin Community College, Institute for Child Care Excellence, Raising Austin, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.