To become an eligible provider and recieve funding from WSCT Child Care Services, your child care facilities meet these requirements:
1. Have a current license with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
For more information on child care regulations & standards, visit the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website.
2. Be a Licensed Child Care Center (LCCC), a Licensed Child Care Home (LCCH), a Registered Child Care Home (RCCH), a youth camp licensed by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), or be operated and monitored by the United States military services.
3. Be in Compliance with State and Federal Programs
The new Texas Workforce Commission’s Child Care Connection (TX3C) Attendance system went live May 17, 2023. This system is used by both parents and providers. Click here for more information.
A Texas Rising Star Provider is a child care provider that voluntarily meets requirements that exceed the state’s minimum licensing standards for child care facilities. All center-based and home-based child care providers in Texas can apply to participate if they meet certain eligibility criteria.
The Texas Rising Star Provider certification system provides graduated levels of certification (two-star, three-star, and four-star) to encourage providers to attain progressively higher standards.
Texas School Ready!™ is a program that certifies preschool education classrooms that effectively prepared their students for kindergarten. Teachers from child care centers, Head Start programs, and public school pre-kindergarten can participate.
When classrooms earn certification, they receive the Texas School Ready!™ seal with the year the certification was awarded. This tells parents and the community that the children who graduated from these classrooms went on to public school with the fundamental skills to be successful.
The following TWC-approved organizations list nationally accredited providers in Texas on their website:
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