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Quality Improvement Programs
As part of our commitment to quality child care, Workforce Solutions Child Care Services offers quality improvement programs and other resources to child care providers who strive for quality.
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. For more information on the Texas Rising Star program, please click here.
Quality Child Care Collaborative (QC3)
The Quality Child Care Collaborative is a partnership between Workforce Solutions, 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. Click here to view the Quality Child Care Collaborative Brochure.
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 trainings for child care providers throughout the year. Topics include community with children and adults, developing outdoor curriculum, and building relationships with families. For more information and an up-to-date schedule, click here. If you have a Declaration of Service Statement with us and are interested in registering for training opportunities, please call us at (512) 597-7191 ext. 185.
Child Care Director Symposiums
Workforce Solutions Child Care Services is the founder and co-host of the Child Care Directors Symposiums, a series of three-day conferences that aim to help child care directors learn important skills for business administration and quality improvement. The symposiums are held throughout Central Texas and offer topics such as budgeting, evaluating staff, and time management.
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.
Other Local Resources
Through a collaborative with community and state organizations, we provide additional quality improvement programs to child care providers. These organizations include Austin Community College, Institute for Child Care Excellence, Raising Austin, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
For more information on quality improvement initiatives, please contact:
Workforce Solutions Child Care Services, 6505 Airport Blvd, Suite 101C, Austin, TX, 78752, (512) 597-7191
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