QUALITY SUPPORT & NAVIGATION SERVICES

Denver’s Early Childhood Council offers leaders of licensed child care programs expert guidance and technical assistance. We help you navigate the early childhood rating system, Colorado Shines. A higher rating is often connected to greater access to grants and funding.

Our Quality Navigators play a critical role in helping child care program directors access necessary support and resources.

Our Quality Navigators work with program directors of child care centers. We also work with owners of home-based child care programs.

  • The job of a Quality Navigator is to:
    Partner with you to elevate the quality of care for Denver’s youngest children
  • Connect your program and the families you serve to services, community resources, and supportive professionals

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

  • Navigate the computer-based systems used by the state, including Colorado Shines QRIS and PDIS
  • Guide and support your program as you work toward a Colorado Shines rating
  • Create a detailed, impactful, and up-to-date Quality Improvement Plan
  • Access funding and coaching through Colorado Shines Quality Improvement
  • Understand and use the PDIS system for training

Get training schedules, funding opportunities, and other timely information in our e-newsletters.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Funds, coaching, and support to continuously improve quality.

We help centers and home-based child care programs access available funding sources to improve quality and expand services.

COLORADO SHINES QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

Coaching and funding for programs rated at a Colorado Shines Level 1 or higher.

DENVER PRESCHOOL PROGRAM (DPP)

Quality Improvement grants for coaching, training, and learning materials for programs that serve Denver County four-year-olds.

EMERGING & EXPANDING CHILD CARE GRANT (E&E)

COVID-related support to cover costs to expand access to child care, including training, background checks, supplies, and facility improvement costs.

COLORADO SHINES PDIS

Information about the Professional Development Information System, including how to access training information and support to use the website.

QUESTIONS? NEED MORE INFORMATION?

Our Quality Navigation team is available to support you and here to answer your questions! Contact us to learn more.

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