CO Shines Quality Improvement Grant is OPEN!

[July 15, 2021]  Alliance for Kids is excited to announce that the Colorado Shines Quality Improvement (CSQI) grant is OPEN for applications and the expanded criteria by the Office of Early Childhood will continue to allow us to support more of you!

For a snapshot of this CSQI grant and two additional grants (Emerging and Expanding Child Care grant and Early Childhood Education Quality Improvement grant), view our 2021 Grants Flyer.

Colorado Shines Quality Improvement grant eligibility:

Must have a Colorado Shines Level 1-Level 5 and meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Serve a high needs population that meet any of the following definitions:
  • A child with a disability or developmental delay under age five who has an individual family service plan (IFSP) or an individualized education program (IEP) or medical care plan
  • A child who has a home language other than English (English language learner)
  • A child from a household meeting income eligibility criteria for Colorado Child Care Assistance Program
  • A child who is migrant and meets the definition of “migratory child” in elementary and secondary education action (ESEA) section 1309(2)
  • A child who resides on Indian lands
  • A child who is in foster care, kinship care or receiving services through the child welfare system
  • A child who is eligible to receive free or reduced-cost meals pursuant to the provisions of the federal National School Lunch Act
  • A child who is experiencing homelessness or frequent relocations to new residences by the child’s family
  • Drug or alcohol abuse in the child’s family
  • A child living in the home with an abusive adult
  • Either parent of the child was less than eighteen years of age at the time of the birth of the child.

2. Willing to serve children who qualify for Colorado’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) and hold a fiscal agreement

These grant funds can be used to pay for professional development, temporary teacher funds, early learning materials, and coaching.  Go to your Colorado Shines portal and apply today or reach out to Tina Fennell at or 719.291.8112 for assistance with the application process.

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