Colorado Shines is a way to improve the quality at your program, including early childhood centers and family child care homes. Additionally, it is a way for families to find quality early childhood programs that meet their individual child care needs.
We are committed to providing training and technical assistance to help your program reach its Colorado Shines rating goals.
There are other ways that programs can improve their quality that are called “Crosswalks” or “Alternative Pathways.” These are ratings that have been given an equivalent in the Colorado Shines rating system (e.g., NAFCC, NAEYC) and include pathways for school districts with preschool programs.
If you are interested in accessing supports to reach the next level in Colorado Shines, contact Tanise Dixon to discuss available options for your program.
Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grants are OPEN
There are TWO STEPS to the application process:
First, login to the Provider Hub for Colorado Shines QRIS.
Click on Application.
Click on each tab of the QRIS Quality Application.
Update your site’s information and click Save.
As you complete each tab, scroll to the top to click the “profile complete and ready to submit” box.
Click the Submit Application button.
Second, while still logged in to QRIS, click on Quality Improvement, then click on the QI Incentives tab.
Click on the blue renew or apply button to complete the Grant Application.
Stimulus Funding | Quality Improvement Incentives
- Programs eligible for this funding must have been licensed AND operating as of March 11, 2021.
- Bonus payments for new and existing programs that increase their quality level.
- Amounts range from $2,000-$2,500 for family homes and centers serving infants and toddlers moving from Level 1 to 2, and $3,500-$4,000 for moving from Level 2 to 3-5.
How to access funds:
- Programs apply through the existing Colorado Shines QRIS system.
- The expected time for completing the rating process is 4-6 months for programs seeking a high-quality rating (Levels 3-5).
- For general grant questions, contact Tanise Dixon, Foundations Manager. For technical assistance with the grant process, email Tina Fennell, Foundations Outreach Specialist.
Child Care Stabilizations Grants
Child Care Stabilizations grants are opened for applications in January. If you missed the January 28th deadline, you can still apply, but payments will be made later. You will receive a payment schedule and reporting requirements after your application is approved. Programs eligible for this funding must have been licensed AND operating as of March 11, 2021.
All licensed providers should have received an email from MetrixIQ, the company that is managing the application for these funds. Specifically, this email came from email@example.com and was sent to the individual that you have listed as the primary contact within the state database. This email contains a specific link for you to apply for the Child Care Stabilization grants. If you are a program with multiple licensed sites, you will receive an email for each licensed program. We hear that MetrixIQ is working on a solution for these types of organizations, but for the time being you will need to fill out an application for each license. An Application Guide and a provider resource folder have been developed to assist you with this process. Information about the allowable use of these funds can be found by clicking here and updates will be made to the stimulus website at coecstimulus.com.
The following documents will be needed to fill out your application:
- A copy of your W-9 form, which includes your Federal Social Security Number (SSN) if you are an individual or the Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) if you are an organization.
- Program License Number
- Automated Clearing House (ACH) banking information
If you need assistance along the way, or run into any problems you can reach out to MetrixIQ in the following ways and expect to hear back from the team within an estimated 48 hours:
- Complete a help ticket at help.coecstimulus.com
- Help Desk Support (Español)
- Call 720-305-9040
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
As your Early Childhood Council, we are here to provide you with technical support and answer questions that come up along the way. Please reach out to us for assistance at 719.630.0927, Ext. 725.
Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program | CLOSED
These programs are licensed by the State of Colorado and meet basic health and safety standards.
IREE, the local Licensing entity supports centers with Level 1 needs. To learn more, visit the IREE website.
These programs meet the requirements of Level 1 and are taking specific steps to improve their quality, like completing additional training courses and developing a Quality Improvement Plan.
These quality programs are evaluated using 5 rating categories. Not all high quality programs look the same; one may focus on providing training for their staff, while another may invest in a stronger learning environment.
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