AUSTIN - The Texas Workforce Commission announced it will award the Texas Education Agency $7.8 million in Child Care and Development Funds to expand quality pre-kindergarten programs in the state.
Through the Pre-kindergarten Partnership grant, four-star Texas Rising Star (TRS) child care providers will be eligible to partner with their local independent school district and charter schools to provide pre-k classes to 3 and 4-year-olds.
“This partnership with TEA reflects a strong commitment to increase the number of Texas children in high quality early learning environments,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar.
Officials said they hope the partnership will strengthen the quality standards for its Texas Rising Star program, a voluntary, quality-based rating system for TWC's subsidized child care program.To aid the program, TWC officials said they've expanded financial and staff resources to help more child care providers become TRS certified.
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