Quality Initiatives

Denver’s Early Childhood Council helps child care programs access resources to enhance and sustain quality services for children and families. By connecting with the Council and applying for quality initiatives, more resources become available to programs. Please note – availability of funds depends on a variety of factors, have certain open application periods during the year, and may include the following:

Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Initiative

The 2020-2021 application for Colorado Shines Quality Improvement (CSQI) funding is OPEN for your program! Apply now to access coaching and quality dollars.

To qualify for CSQI funding, your program must:

  • Be rated at a Colorado Shines Level 2 or higher
  • Have a CCAP fiscal agreement

Log in to your program’s Colorado Shines account to get started. If you have questions or need spending support, please contact your Quality Navigator.

If you have not been assigned a Quality Navigator, have questions about hardship funding or capital improvement funding (available for programs serving infants and toddlers) please contact Karen Thiel at karen@denverearlychildhood.org or 720-644-2561.

Denver Preschool Program (DPP)

DPP child care providers:  2020-2021 renewals are now available. Contact your Quality Navigator for details. If you have not been assigned a Quality Navigator, please contact Karen Thiel at karen@denverearlychildhood.org or 720-644-2572.

The Denver Preschool Program makes quality preschool possible for all Denver families with 4-year-old children through a dedicated sales tax first approved by voters in 2006 and renewed and extended in 2014. DPP has provided $80 million in tuition support to help more than 41,000 Denver children attend the preschool of their family’s choice, establishing each child’s foundation for lifelong learning and success.

Learn more about becoming a DPP partner here.