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Colorado Shines

What is Colorado Shines?

Colorado Shines Quality Rating Information System (QRIS) is a method to assess, enhance and communicate the level of quality in early education and care for all licensed providers in Colorado. This system provides standardized criteria for all child care providers in Colorado to be rated for quality, and provides incentives and supports to providers that wish to raise the level of quality care available at their facility.

Licensed child care programs serving children prior to kindergarten entry will be required to participate in the Colorado Shines system that will rate the quality of care they provide. All licensed programs will have the opportunity to market their business on the Colorado Shines website.  See the CSQI resources below.

General Information:

Welcome to Colorado Shines!
Information on the new method to assess, enhance and communicate the level of quality in early education and care for all licensed providers in Colorado.

Colorado Shines for Families
Why does quality child care matter?
How does Colorado Shines work?
What can families do?

Colorado Shines for Programs
Colorado Shines Program Guide
Information on providing quality care
Information on child care licensing
Many other helpful resources

Professional Development Information System (PDIS)
A guide to the new professional development information system

PDIS E-Learning Courses

PDIS has many online course offerings and information about other courses offered in a variety of modalities. You must log into PDIS to register for classes.

Webinars offered by the
Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Council:

The Quality Improvement Journey Packet
Webinar Length: ~7 minutes
-This packet has many resources that will help you along your Colorado Shines journey: 2020 QIJ Packet
– For a brief recorded overview of the QIJ, click HERE

Quality Improvement Plans & Resources
Webinar Length: ~9 minutes
– Learn best practice on how to utilize the Quality Improvement Plan in your QRIS portal for all of your programs goals as well as some resources we have that will make navigating the QIP easier!
– Click HERE to view the webinar.

How to Create/Update Your QIP
Webinar Length: ~5 minutes
– Click HERE to view the webinar

QIP Spreadsheets  
Overview: These are helpful tools when you and your coach develop your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) in QRIS.
– For Child Care Centers
– For Family Child Care Providers

Colorado Shines Capital Improvement

CSQI Capital Improvement Webinar
Webinar Length: ~10 minutes

Overview: Licensed programs participating in CSQI funding who are licensed to care for infants and toddlers and have not received CSQI Capital Improvement funds in the past are eligible to apply.  If you are interested in applying, please view the webinar and then contact Stacy Petty to discuss your project idea.  We want to support programs in order to increase the chances of being funded, so this step is crucial to make sure programs are pursuing projects that are allowable under this grant. Click HERE to view the webinar.

Capital Improvement Application documents:
CSQI Capital Improvement Funding App Rev 6-11-20
Application Checklist
Budget Example & Form
Coaching Support Letter for CI – FY21
Licensing Support Letter for CI – FY21

Colorado Shines Spending

Spending QI Dollars in EcConnect
Webinar Lengths: ~10 minutes each

How to place a QI Request in EcConnect: Marketplace Vendor
How to Place a QI Request in EcConnect: Preferred Vendor

ecConnect Order Form: ecConnect Order Form
This form can help you organize your materials orders particularly when using a one or more preferred vendors.


Reimbursements can be tricky! Make sure to get pre-approval before purchasing materials that you are wanting to get reimbursed for. Please keep in mind: We cannot reimburse without proof of payment; Send all documents to Kristin via e-mail; A reimbursement check cannot be processed until ALL documentation has be received; Use the templates below:

Invoice Template– An invoice must be submitted from the program who we will write the check out to. Make sure to include one line item per receipt.
W-9 Template– Fill out, sign and date. This form should be filled out by whoever needs to be paid.  We only need page 1 of this form.  The check will be made out to the name on the W-9 and should tie to name on the checking account it will be deposited into.  Additionally, please use your mailing address.



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