Workforce Solutions Borderplex invites all eligible childcare providers to join our Child Care Services team. Whether you are currently a provider or on the road to getting your childcare business started, becoming a Child Care Provider under the Workforce Solutions wing, we will work together to ensure quality service for the community.

You can also take it up a notch and earn the certification of a Texas Rising Star provider, making you a more marketable, competitive childcare business in our region by proving your commitment to providing only the highest quality of early childhood services.

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Types of Providers

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) establishes and enforces child care licensing standards designed to protect the safety, health and well-being of children while they are with child care providers. The different types of child care providers, listed in order of increasing oversight by child care licensing, are:

  • Listed Family Homes – homes that are not licensed or registered by the Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Registered Family Homes
  • Licensed Family Homes
  • Licensed Centers

Registered and licensed homes and centers are monitored by child care licensing staff as a means of ensuring the facilities meet standards.

Parents may visit the DFPS website to obtain additional information about child care licensing standards and to learn more about specific child care providers.

In addition to licensed and registered child care providers, parents who qualify for child care services may choose a relative child care provider. Relative child care providers are individuals who are at least 18 years of age and, by marriage, blood relationship or court decree are one of the following:

  • Child’s grandparent
  • Child’s great-grandparent
  • Child’s aunt
  • Child’s uncle
  • Child’s sibling (if the sibling does not reside in the same household as the eligible child)

Qualifying relatives must become listed with DFPS in order to become a CCS relative child care provider. With few exceptions, the relative care provider cannot reside in the same household as the eligible child.

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Become a Provider

Step one in becoming a Child Care Services Provider with us is to register with the Texas Health and Human Services Child Care Licensing office. This will officially make you a licensed childcare center, a licensed family childcare home, or a registered child care home.

Register for your license on the Texas Health & Human Services website here.

Call our Child Care Services office upon getting your license to set up an appointment and we’ll begin the process of adding you to the team.

Child Care Services (915) 500-7666 or


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Texas Rising Star Provider

Research studies have shown that at-risk children who attend higher quality child care programs are more prepared for school entry than children who do not attend quality child care programs. Quality is the priority when it comes to The Texas Rising Star program, which is a voluntary, quality-based child care rating system of child care providers participating in the Texas Workforce Commission’s subsidized child care program.

Those providers that voluntarily achieve TRS provider certification, offering quality care that exceeds the State’s Minimum Child Care Licensing Standards for director and staff qualifications, caregiver-child interactions, age-appropriate curricula and activities, nutrition and indoor/outdoor activities, and parent involvement and education, are in a better position to contribute to the early development of children. As providers progress through the levels of TRS provider certification, they contribute progressively more to the development of the children they serve on a daily basis.


TRS Certification is available to Licensed Center and Licensed and Registered Child Care Home providers who meet the certification criteria. Every Texas Rising Star provider has a  2-, 3- or 4-star rating reflective of their quality of care. A higher reimbursement rate is paid to each star level. Funds are also allocated to assist TRS providers in maintaining their star level by providing:

  • mentoring services
  • training opportunities
  • teaching materials
  • classroom furniture
  • scholarship opportunities


Once you have a contract with Workforce Solutions Borderplex Child Care Services, you may apply to become a Texas Rising Star provider. There are two basic qualifications in order to apply:

  1. Must have been licensed as an operational childcare provider for 12 months
  2. Must have no major deficiencies cited by Child Care Licensing for the previous 12 months at the time of application

If you qualify, you may submit an Interest Form on Once the interest form has been received, a Texas Rising Star mentor will contact you for an orientation to begin the process of becoming a Texas Rising Star provider.

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