Quality Improvement


Quality Improvement
Programs and supports, including coaching and training, connect children and families with high quality care and education to promote healthy development and school readiness.

For details, contact:
Tiffiny Pieper
Quality Improvement Manager

Tiffiny@allianceforkids.org

CO Shines
Has your program been rated by Colorado Shines
 

Alliance for Kids is happy to announce that we support 512 programs in Colorado Shines, the state’s quality rating and improvement system for early care and learning programs. One hundred (100) of these programs are rated high quality (Levels 3-5).

We are committed to providing training and technical assistance to help your program reach its Colorado Shines rating goals.

 

Why Colorado Shines?

The early years are a very important period for a child’s learning and development. Quality early learning programs prepare children for kindergarten and success in school.

 

About Colorado Shines

Colorado Shines rates Colorado’s early care and learning programs, connects families with quality programs, and helps programs improve their quality.

This is how the Colorado Shines quality-rating scale works:
Level 1: The program is licensed with the State of Colorado, is regularly monitored and follows the requirements of Colorado’s Early Learning & Development Guidelines (earlylearningco.org).
Level 2: The program is meeting the requirements of Level 1 and is taking steps to improve quality.
Level 3-5: The program is licensed, has achieved high quality and is rated based on how it:

Supports children’s health and safety

Ensures staff are well-trained and effective

Provides a supportive learning environment that teaches children new skills

Helps families to become partners in their child’s learning

Uses strong leadership and business practices

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For information contact:
Quality Improvement Manager Tiffiny Pieper: tiffiny@allianceforkids.org
Quality Improvement Navigator Deanna Stark: deanna@allianceforkids.org;
or contact your coach for more information.

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Colorado Shines QRIS (Quality Rating & Improvement System)

www.coloradoshines.com

Colorado Shines QRIS is a method to assess, enhance and communicate the level of quality in early education and care for all licensed providers in Colorado. This system provides standardized criteria for all child care providers in Colorado to be rated for quality, and provides incentives and supports to providers that wish to raise the level of quality care available at their facility.  Quality is rated using a blocks and points system.  For more information, or to register your site, visit www.coloradoshines.com

Alliance for Kids is here to help!
In need of technical assistance? Unsure of QRIS requirements?

Alliance for Kids hosts regular Q&A/Work sessions to support providers, directors, and staff members with Colorado Shines.  All sessions take place in computer labs, allowing for technical support, along with any questions you have about the new Quality Rating and Improvement System.

Contact Deanna Stark at deanna@allianceforkids.org for more information or for one-on-one assistance.

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PDIS (Professional Development Information System)

Ecpd.costartstrong.org

The PDIS is a website to host all of your personal professional development information, and provides free online professional development opportunities.  This website is for staff, including teachers and assistant teachers, directors, and family childcare providers and staff.  The information on your PDIS account will be linked with the Colorado Shines account of the center or home you are currently working for.  To access PDIS you simply need an email address. Visit ecpd.costartstrong.org for more information, or to register.

Alliance for Kids is here to help!
In need of technical assistance? Unsure of PDIS requirements?

Alliance for Kids hosts regular Q&A/Work sessions to support providers, directors, and staff members with Colorado Shines.  All sessions take place in computer labs, allowing for technical support, along with any questions you have about the new Quality Rating and Improvement System.

Contact Deanna Stark at deanna@allianceforkids.org for more information or for one-on-one assistance.


What’s NEW in PDIS:

The Early Childhood Professional Development Team at Colorado Department of Education is pleased to make several equivalencies for the Early Childhood Professional Credential 2.0 available in the PDIS.  Through these options, individuals can submit specific documentation to earn an identified level of the Early Childhood Professional Credential 2.0.  These options include the following:

  • CDE EC/ECSE Teacher License Equivalency earns a Level 3 EC Professional Credential
  • Early Childhood National Board Certification Equivalency earns a Level 3 EC Professional Credential
  • CDA Equivalency earns a Level 2 EC Professional Credential

While these equivalency options provide additional pathways to earn these specific credential levels, individuals may also earn a higher credential level by submitting full documentation through the EC Professional Credential 2.0 points based system.

Please click here for step by step instructions to apply for a credential equivalency; appropriate documentation must be submitted as outlined in these instructions for the credential equivalency to be awarded.

Coaching

Are you looking to add another level of support for your teachers to help transfer knowledge into practice in the classroom and provide a relationship in which they can set and attain professional goals?

Are you interested in providing reflective settings for teachers to think through their practice and have opportunities to discuss their ideas about the ways that they teach?

Coaching opportunities have been shown to increase transfer of learning to 95% and also provides teachers with psychological supports they need to persist in learning. Alliance for Kids is proud to offer coaching hours through Quality Improvement Initiatives and is also working to build the community of credentialed coaches in El Paso County.

For additional information, contact Coach Supervisor Kelly Hurtado.
Kelly@allianceforkids.org

This page is under development. Please check back soon.

Swiping CCCAP Cards

Caregivers who qualify for CCCAP are responsible for swiping their CCCAP Card. Here are a couple of links to assist your caregivers in completing this task, Click here (full length video) or  here (short video) to learn how to swipe your CCCAP Card. Click here to learn about common errors parents experience, and how to ensure a correct swipe.