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BISD Child Development Center Earns Highest Designation

Bastrop ISD Child Development Center Earns Highest Designation

(Bastrop)—The Child Development Center at Cedar Creek Elementary has earned a 4-star designation by the Texas Rising Star program. The rating is the highest awarded by Texas Rising Star, which is a program of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The Cedar Creek facility joins the Emile Child Development Center, which had previously earned its 4-star designation.

The Texas Rising Star program includes three levels of quality designation--2 star, 3-star, and 4-star. Just one year ago, the Cedar Creek center was a 3-star facility. The director and the staff established goals related to the director’s education level and professional development in order to earn the state’s highest 4-star rating. In addition, the center partnered with the University of Texas Vaughn Gross Center to develop and execute a quality training plan to help its staff members learn strategies to provide more intentional teaching interactions in the classroom.

“The teaching strategies we’ve learned, combined with the support from the Vaughn Gross trainers and our outstanding curriculum from Frog Street, has enabled us to succeed in jumping from a 3-star to a 4-star facility at our Cedar Creek location,” said Kayla Russell, district day care program manager.

Both of the early childhood centers in Bastrop ISD serve the children of BISD teachers and staff as well as the children of teen parents as an incentive and support system to help them remain in school. Childcare is provided at no cost to teen parents.

“I appreciate the hard work of our early childhood staff at Cedar Creek for achieving the 4-star designation,” said Superintendent Steve Murray. “It is a testament to their commitment to children and to their desire to be the best. I’m proud that both of our child development centers have sought and earned the Texas Rising Star program’s highest rating.”

Being a Rising Star facility offers unique educational opportunities, including free training, scholarships for staff members seeking Child Development Associate certification, and coaching/mentoring from Texas Rising Star specialists.

TWC is the state agency that oversees and provides workforce development services to employers and job seekers. One of its major functions is to provide support services, including child care. The TWC has administered the Texas Rising Star program since its inception.

Bastrop ISD is located 30 miles southeast of Austin and serves more than 10,500 students from the communities of Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Red Rock, Rockne, Paige and other rural areas of Bastrop County.

For more information, contact Kristi Lee at (512) 772-7106.