COLORADO SHINES QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

Colorado Shines Quality Improvement funds and coaching are available for licensed child care programs rated at a Colorado Shines Level 1 or higher.

Colorado Shines is the state’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for all licensed early learning programs. Colorado Shines supports programs to improve their quality and to connect with families looking for quality care.

Denver’s Early Childhood Council works with individual child care programs participating in the Colorado Shines QRIS, helping them access support for coaching, training, and classroom materials through Colorado Shines Quality Improvement funds. For more information, contact Karen Thiel at karen@denverearlychildhood.org.

These quality funds are allocated based on program type (center or home-based), number of classrooms and Colorado Shines quality rating level.

For programs rated at a Colorado Shines Level 1 and higher, our Quality Navigators can help you:

  • Navigate Colorado Shines and QRIS systems
  • Provide guidance and support as your program works toward a Colorado Shines rating
  • Create a detailed, impactful, and up-to-date Quality Improvement Plan
  • Access quality incentive funding and coaching
  • Understand and use the PDIS system for training

Learn more about the Quality Navigation services we offer.

Learn more about the quality levels and the ratings process

THE 2022-2023 APPLICATION FOR COLORADO SHINES QUALITY IMPROVEMENT FUNDING IS OPEN!

Colorado Shines Quality improvement funds coaching hours for your program. Programs may also convert coaching hours to dollars for classroom materials or furniture. Click the button below to see how your program may qualify.

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Want to become a licensed child care provider?

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Denver’s Early Childhood Council can help!

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