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.
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.
View our 2021 Grant Flyer HERE!
Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grants
Applications are currently 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.
Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program
This grant aims to expand access and availability of licensed child care throughout the state. An award from the grant may be used for costs associated with expanding an open and operating child care center or family child care home to assist an eligible entity with the start-up of a new child care center or family child care home. Costs may include but are not limited to staff training, background check fees, cleaning supplies, educational supplies, and capital and facility improvement costs. Grant awards range from at least $3,000 to no more than $50,000. Eligible entities located in a child care desert will be prioritized.
Eligible Programs include a licensed child care provider that is open and operating or an applicant actively pursuing a child care provider license through the Colorado Department of Human Services Child Care Licensing and Administration Unit. This includes family, friends, or neighbors who provide license-exempt child care pursuant to Article 6, but who are actively obtaining a license through the Colorado Department of Human Services Child Care Licensing and Administration Unit. In order to be considered open and operating, a child care program must actively be providing care for children and updated its operational status with the Colorado Department of Human Services Child Care Licensing and Administration Unit.
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