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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.


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
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:

QIP- The BIG Picture
Webinar Length: ~13 minutes
Overview: Learn best practice on how to utilize the Quality Improvement Plan in your QRIS portal for all of your programs goals! Click HERE to view the webinar

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

The Quality Improvement Journey Packet
Webinar Length: ~15 minutes
Click HERE to download the QIJ Packet
Click HERE to view the webinar

CSQI Capital Improvement Webinar
Webinar Length: ~45 minutes
Overview: Licensed programs participating in the Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Program who also care for infants and toddlers are eligible to apply.  If you are interested in applying, the director must view the webinar and then contact Stacy Petty, Director, 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 or click here for Capital Improvement Application and Documents.

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