The Palestine YMCA Early Childhood Center, which serves 125 children through the age of 12, received a four-star rating, making it the first and only child-care provider in Anderson County to become a Texas Rising Star Center.
The Texas Rising Star (TRS) program is a voluntary, quality-based child-care rating system of child-care providers participating in the Texas Workforce Commission’s subsidized child-care program.
TRS certification is available to licensed centers, and the licensed and registered child-care certification system offers three levels of certification — two-star, three-star, and four-star — to encourage providers to attain progressively higher certification requirements leading to a four-star level.
“We voluntarily did it,” Early Childhood Director Carl Simon said. “Our board asked us to do it and I worked for a year to get us certified.”
The providers that voluntarily achieve TRS provider certification offer quality care that exceeds the state’s minimum child-care licensing standards in the following areas: director and staff qualifications, caregiver-child interactions, age-appropriate curriculum and activities, nutrition, indoor/outdoor activities, parent involvement and education.
“We are so proud of our staff who worked so hard for many months to become a four-star Texas Rising Star child-care provider. This ultimately puts us in a better position to serve children and their families.” Simon said.