Quality Initiatives


Denver’s Early Childhood Council helps child care programs access funds to enhance and sustain quality services for children and families. By connecting with the Council and applying for funds, the following 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

Apply now for Quality funding for your program! Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Funding is new as of Fall 2017 and combines the Infant Toddler, CCAP and School Readiness funding streams from last year. The application is OPEN NOW and has a rolling deadline while funds are available so make sure to apply soon!

To qualify, your program must:

  • Be rated at a Level 2 or higher in Colorado Shines
  • Hold an active or pending CCAP fiscal agreement with a social service agency (e.g., Denver Human Services) that serves children who qualify for child care assistance

If your program meets these requirements, follow these easy steps to apply:

  • Log in to your ecConnect account
  • Click on the QI Incentives tab
  • The system will generate the funding available to your program based on eligibility
  • Check the box verifying your Colorado Shines and program information is correct
  • Click on the blue ‘Renew or Apply’ button
  • The system will prompt you to complete the application
  • Once the application is complete, click the ‘Submit’ button
  • You will receive a confirmation message once the application is complete

If you have questions or need additional support, please contact your QI Navigator.

If you have not been assigned a QI Navigator, please contact Elizabeth Williams at ewilliams@denverearlychildhood.org  or 720-274-8426.


Denver Preschool Program (DPP)

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, or, if you are already a DPP program, log in to your ecConnect account to begin the 2017-2018 provider renewal process.