ELEVATING THE EARLY CHILDHOOD FIELD

Denver’s Early Childhood Council works to facilitate a strong system to meet the needs of the youngest children and their families.

TRAINING

Training opportunities for early care and learning professionals and teams, as well as early childhood councils.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Services that are uniquely tailored to support the needs of child care program directors and business owners.

QUALITY NAVIGATION

Support for child care programs to navigate licensing regulations, access quality improvement funds and coaching services, participate in Colorado Shines, and more.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL RESOURCES

Training, coaching, resources, and information to support early social-emotional development and reduce challenging behavior.

CURRENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Get support to apply for quality improvement and other funding opportunities for licensed child care programs and family child care homes.

COLORADO SHINES QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

Colorado Shines Quality Improvement provides coaching and funding for programs that are rated at a Colorado Shines Level 1 or higher.

DENVER PRESCHOOL PROGRAM (DPP)

DPP provides quality improvement grants for coaching and professional development for programs that serve Denver County 4-year-olds.

EMERGING & EXPANDING CHILD CARE GRANT

Covers costs to expand access to child care, including staff training, background check fees, cleaning and educational supplies, facility improvement costs, and more. Grant awards range from $3,000 to $50,000.

COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR CHILD CARE

Stay informed so your program can continue to operate safely while serving children and families.

BUSINESS SERVICES FOR CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

Strong business practices are essential in the highly regulated field of child care. Our expert early childhood quality coaches and business consultants specialize in helping centers and home-based child care providers overcome challenges, create strong internal systems, and achieve their goals.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Get support with every aspect of HR and staff management including recruitment and retention.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Ensure your program has solid financial practices in place.

PROGRAM PLANNING

Find guidance for health and safety policies, strategic planning, communications, and more.

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Get tools to help your program improve support for families and build community partnerships.

FAMILY CHILD CARE HOMES

Get support to apply for quality improvement and other funding opportunities for licensed child care programs and family child care homes.

INTERESTED IN STARTING A HOME-BASED CHILD CARE BUSINESS?

Our team provides support every step of the way, including pre-licensing training, help with navigating the licensing process, and assistance with accessing quality improvement funds and coaching.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Licensed family child care homes can apply for quality improvement funds and coaching. Our Quality Navigators provide support throughout the application and quality improvement process.

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT SUPPORT

Our Quality Navigators provide personalized support to directors of family child care homes to access quality improvement funding and coaching. Navigators also provide business support on a range of topics including HR, financial management, marketing, and much more.

START OR GROW YOUR CAREER

We provide individualized support for people who want to enter the field of early care and learning.

We also specialize in career pathway support and professional development for those already working in the field.

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