Colorado Shines is a quality rating and improvement system used to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education programs. Colorado Shines assigns a quality rating to licensed early care and education programs, similar to rating systems for other service-related industries like hotels and restaurants.
Qualistar Colorado is a statewide non-profit organization working with child care providers, parents, and communities to improve the quality of early childhood education in Colorado. Access to the training calendar, T.E.A.C.H. scholarships, and resources.
Child Care Aware useful tools and resources for childcare providers and families.
Pyramid Plus – We improve the social and emotional competence and inclusion of children ages 0-5 through the integration of the Pyramid Model, Special Quest, and other nationally recognized evidence-based inclusion practices.
The Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care, is the State’s lead agency in planning and implementing public child care policy. The Division of Child Care is responsible for the licensing and monitoring of child care facilities.
Colorado Department of Public Health Environment maternal and child health, nurse home visitor program, nutrition services, prevention and screening.
Colorado Training Access valuable materials, course reviews, and discussions to improve your learning experience, and stay informed of the latest public health trainings for your area or expertise.
Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) is the state component of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAAEYC). This is an association of Early Care & Education professionals focused on the continual improvement of the field.
Colorado Office of Professional Development early childhood credentials, links to training information.
Early Childhood Colorado clearing house for information; links to quality websites, videos, and research reports.
Healthy Childcare, health and safety publication for the young child.
Future of Children child development, archive of journals
Children’s Defense Fund, independent child advocates
The National Association for the Education of Young Children is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. Access accreditation information here: childcare and early education national research and policy briefs.
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.
Finance Project is a specialized non-profit research, consulting, technical assistance and training firm for public and private sector leaders nationwide. We help leaders make smart investment decisions, develop sound financing strategies, and build solid partnerships that benefit children, families and communities.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
National Governors Association, education division, best practice on early childhood care and education
The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC), a service of the Child Care Bureau, is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that provides comprehensive child care information resources and TA services to Child Care and Development Fund Administrators and other key stakeholders.
National League of Cities, helping municipal leaders take action on behalf of children, youth, and families.
Colorado Bright Beginnings‘ programs are free for all Colorado parents and are available in both English and Spanish. Parents are given a bag of valuable books and materials that help educate and support them as parents.
Economic Development and Child Care early care and education is being recognized as an important economic sector in its own right, and as a critical piece of social infrastructure that supports children’s development and facilitates parents’ employment.
Parenting Counts is the research-based family of materials developed by Talaris Institute to support parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children.
Center for Community Economic Development, materials focused on childcare as an economic issue.
John Carver’s Policy Governance® is the world’s most complete theoretical foundation for the board’s governance role in business, nonprofit (NGO), and government organizations.
Project Approach engaging children’s minds
The Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting (CEEP) is part of the Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CEEP provides publications and information to the worldwide early childhood and parenting communities.
Steve Spangler Science offers hundreds of science experiments and science demos that inspire the imagination and make learning fun.
Public Playground Safety handbook- playground safety materials and guidelines.
Zero to Three information and materials to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
Environmental Rating Scales designed to assess family child care programs, materials and information.
Families and Work projects and research in early childhood and community issues.
Early Learning Ventures is a groundbreaking endeavor engaging the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to address the operational challenges facing early care and education in