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On April 18, 2012, at 400 Oak Street in Abilene, Taylor Room (414) at noon, the Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Board recognized 10 child care providers, at their April Board meeting, as having achieved Texas Rising Star (TRS) Provider status within the past year. A TRS Provider serves Texas Workforce Commission-subsidized children and voluntarily offers quality care that exceeds the State's Minimum Child Care Licensing Standards in areas such as health and safety, group size, child/staff ratios, caregiver training and age-appropriate curricula and activities.
Abilene providers receiving an award for achieving a Four-Star status include Day Nursery of Abilene-Vine Street, Day Nursery of Abilene-Sherry Lane, GLO Day Care and Dyess AFB Child Development Center. Regional providers achieving Four-Star certification include Kids Kampus and Snyder Child Day Care Center both in Snyder, Kids Kampus in Sweetwater, Carrousel and Little Dude Ranch both in Brownwood. A Three-Star certification has been achieved by Lang Aycock in Sweetwater.
The TRS Provider 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 certification. Under the direction of staff from Region 14 Education Service Center and Workforce Solutions Child Care Services, these TRS Providers were given mentoring services, technical assistance, equipment and curriculum materials in order to assist them in achieving or maintaining their TRS certification.
The Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Board is one of 28 boards in the state charged with oversight and policy-making responsibility for workforce and training programs in a nineteen county region. Additional information on the Board's economic development efforts or services for business customers may be obtained by calling the Workforce Board at (325) 795-4200 or by visiting the website at www.workforcesystem.org.