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.
To find a childcare program near you click on the link above, choose “For Families,” then click the button with a magnify glass labeled “Find A Program.”
Child Care Aware has useful tools and resources for families on a variety of topics.
The Early Learning & Development Guidelines offer practical tips and points of reference that anyone can use to help children learn.
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.
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.
Zero to Three information and materials to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
Family Support & Education:
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.