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Did you know Colorado has a reliable quality rating system to help parent's search and find QUALITY licensed childcare?  Colorado Shines helps families find the right care for their families needs!  It is a free resource!  Check it out! 

Colorado Shines

How Colorado Shines Works*

Colorado Shines assesses early education programs throughout our state to determine the level of quality that each is performing at. They strive to:

• support children’s health and safety

• ensure their early childhood professionals are well-trained and effective

• provide a supportive learning environment that teaches children new skills

• help parents become partners in their child’s learning

• demonstrate strong leadership and business practices

Why Does This Matter?*

Research consistently shows that children who attend quality early care and learning programs are more likely to do well in school and less likely to drop out or need remedial education.

As a parent or caregiver, your child’s success rests on your shoulders. Quality education helps children start early and start strong. And the benefits last forever


Once a rating has been established, Colorado Shines gives participating early learning programs the tools and support needed to consistently improve their quality. These resources include helping programs develop and implement a quality improvement plan and offering trainings and other opportunities for professional development.

Here is a worksheet provided by Colorado Shines that lists types of questions you should be asking potential providers.  It will help you when you are searching for a quality provider.

*All information listed is provided by Colorado Shines' website

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