The Alamo Quality Pathway is a partnership between United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, Education Service Center, Region 20 and Texas Workforce Solutions Alamo that aims to assist child care centers as they work to reach Texas Rising Star (TRS) certification and increase the quality of education their children receive.
Alamo Quality Pathway will provide early childhood education centers with unique and individualized coaching, mentoring and support to prepare them for the state assessor’s evaluation process. This will ensure that there is as little interruption as possible to the crucial state subsidies they receive, reducing the impact this could have on the families they serve.
90% of a child’s brain is developed by the age of five. The child care industry is critical workforce support, empowering our community’s families to go to work while their young children develop in quality learning environments.
In 2021, the Texas Legislature passed HB 2607 into law, making Texas Rising Star (TRS) certification required for all child care centers in the State to continue receiving state subsidies. All child care Centers were given the deadline of September 30, 2024, to attain at least two-star TRS level.
Many directors of child care centers do not know or understand the process of becoming Texas Rising Star (TRS) certified. The process of applying for and obtaining TRS certification can be intimidating for child care centers, many already struggling with retaining staff and rising costs. Many centers may believe the process to become certified is expensive; however, funding is available through Alamo Quality Pathway that can mitigate these costs.
Without state subsidies, early learning centers will be forced to raise their prices in low-income areas, reduce availability or close altogether. Our community and children deserve quality early childhood education.
Our work will continue long after the 2024 deadline as we help uplift these child care centers and work toward quality child care that is accessible and attainable for all.
Alamo Quality Pathway
Alamo Quality Pathway CoachAlamo Quality Pathway Coaches collaborate with child centers and their assigned Texas Rising Star (TRS) Mentor.
Texas Rising Star MentorThe TRS Mentor continues preparing the child care center for their TRS certification assessment.
Sustainable QualityAfter TRS certification, we work with centers to continue to improve their quality. Alamo Quality Pathway will support centers that already have two-star TRS certification and help them level up to three- and four-star levels, which will increase their level of state subsidies.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Alamo Quality Pathway is a partnership between United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, Region 20 and Texas Workforce Solutions Alamo.
In 2021, the Texas Legislature passed HB 2607 into law, making Texas Rising Star (TRS) certification required for all child care centers in the State to continue receiving state subsidies.
All child care centers were given the deadline of September 30, 2024, to attain at least a two–star TRS level.
Without state subsidies, early learning centers will be forced to raise their prices in low-income areas, reduce availability or close altogether.
Texas Rising Star certification can take as little as three to twelve months, possibly a little bit more depending on each center’s individualized needs.
To learn more about the TRS guidelines, visit texasrisingstar.org.
350 +child care centers in Bexar County currently do not have TRS certification
67 %of child care centers in Bexar County are at-risk of losing state subsidies without TRS certification
What Child Care Centers Are Saying
Converse Christian School and Early Learning CenterTRS Four-Star Certified“The fear is valid but there are resources out there through United Way, they will literally hold your hand through the process.” — Tylane Barnes, CEO and Director
Learning Tree AcademyCurrently on the Alamo Quality Pathway“I’ve had parents pay me in pennies, nickels and dimes – that loose change they had in their couch – to pay for that tuition to keep their children in daycare.” — Kumari Tapiador, Owner
Converse Christian School and Early Learning CenterTRS Four-Star Certified“About 70% of our kids receive child care subsidies, 20% receive subsidies from the military and I only have 10% of children with private-paid parents.” — Tylane Barnes, CEO and Director