86R11474 EAS-D
  By: Goldman H.B. No. 3739
  relating to including certain child care providers in the Texas
  Rising Star Program and establishing a pilot program to expand
  participation in the Texas Rising Star Program.
         SECTION 1.  Section 2308.3155, Government Code, is amended
  by amending Subsections (a) and (b) to read as follows:
         (a)  The Texas Rising Star Program is a [voluntary,]
  quality-based child care rating and quality improvement system of
  child care providers licensed by or registered with the Health and
  Human Services Commission [participating in the commission's
  subsidized child care program].
         (b)  The commission shall adopt rules to administer the Texas
  Rising Star Program, including:
               (1)  guidelines for rating a child-care provider who
  provides child care to a child younger than 13 years of age,
  including infants and toddlers[, enrolled in the subsidized
  program]; and
               (2)  a timeline and process for regularly reviewing and
  updating the quality standards used to determine the rating system
  that includes the commission's consideration of input from
  interested parties regarding those standards.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter G, Chapter 2308, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 2308.3157 to read as follows:
  (a)  A local workforce development board may operate a pilot program
  in the area in which the board operates to increase the number of
  quality child-care providers in the area.  A pilot program under
  this section must increase participation in the Texas Rising Star
  Program by:
               (1)  allowing all licensed and registered child-care
  facilities in the local workforce development area to participate
  in the Texas Rising Star Program; 
               (2)  requiring all subsidized child-care providers in
  the local workforce development area to participate in the Texas
  Rising Star Program;
               (3)  allowing the local workforce development board to
  contract with subsidized child-care providers operating in the
  board's area and participating in the Texas Rising Star Program to
  provide child-care services; or
               (4)  a combination of the methods described in
  Subdivisions (1), (2), and (3).
         (b)  Each local workforce development board participating in
  a pilot program must:
               (1)  provide quality improvement support and resources
  to participating child-care providers; and
               (2)  give priority to child-care providers that:
                     (A)  operate in an area with a higher poverty rate
  than the state's average poverty rate; or
                     (B)  primarily serve low-income families.
         (c)  A local workforce development board is not required to
  participate in a pilot program authorized by this section.
         (d)  Not later than 18 months after the date a local
  workforce development board begins a pilot program authorized by
  this section, the board shall submit a report to the commission and
  the governor's Texas Early Learning Council that includes:
               (1)  a summary of each local workforce development
  board's evaluation of the results of the board's pilot program; and
               (2)  a recommendation regarding the method for
  implementing the pilot program and expanding the program to other
  local workforce development boards.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.