Professional Development

ECPAC supports the professional development of all early childhood and family service providers including in the fields of health, mental health, early learning, and family support and education. Support is provided through the provision of community-wide learning opportunities as well as follow up implementation support as available, funding for conferences, and funding for early care … Read more >

Expanding Quality for Infants and Toddlers

The Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care (EQIT) 48-hour course of training is designed for individuals who currently work with or plan to work with infants and toddlers and are interested in improving their knowledge and skills. It is particularly appropriate for child care providers who are looking for an in-depth, hands-on course focused on … Read more >

Journey to Kindergarten & The Journey Begins

The “Journey to Kindergarten” and “The Journey Begins” are resource brochures for parents, caregivers, and early learning providers to ensure that their child(ren) arrives at Kindergarten prepared and ready to succeed. These resource brochures provide interactive activities to help children “Arrive with Five”: Literacy and Language; Math and Science; Social Skills and Relationships; Approaches to … Read more >

Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado

The Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Initiative is an innovative public-private partnership including Buell Foundation, Gary Community Investments, Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Department of Human Services. We envision a state where all children thrive because there is a stable, well-qualified, diverse, and appropriately compensated early childhood workforce. Our goal is … Read more >

Family Child Care Quality Certificate Program

In 2013, with generous support from the Daniels Fund, Qualistar developed and launched the Family Child Care Quality Certificate, a unique and specially-designed combination of training, technical assistance, incentives, access to resources, and an on-site visit for family child care providers. The program meets family child care providers where they are and gives them the … Read more >


Qualistar’s assessments help providers identify areas of strength and areas for improvement in their learning environments and their interactions with children and families. Our menu of assessments targets the components of early childhood education that have been identified through research to positively impact children’s learning outcomes. Our quality rating specialists are experienced in using a … Read more >


Qualistar develops engaging trainings tailored to adult learning styles to help early childhood professionals improve their practice. Qualistar offers online and face-to-face trainings to providers across the state. Many of our trainings can be offered upon request, which means we can bring early childhood education training directly to educators at a time and location that … Read more >

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship

Our T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship offers early childhood education program directors and teachers a pathway to pursue higher education. Qualistar Colorado’s T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® program is affiliated with the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center. T.E.A.C.H. covers 90 percent of college tuition and fees for continued education. T.E.A.C.H. allows professionals to attend college courses to meet … Read more >

Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO)

A partnership between Qualistar, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Natural Learning Initiative, Colorado’s Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) program works to improve the design of outdoor spaces through grant-funded landscape design assistance, funding to naturalize the outdoor learning environment, and ongoing training for ECE professionals to actively engage children in their outdoor spaces. Grants … Read more >

Professional Development and Technical Assistance

Professional Development and Technical Assistance have three roles in the community, to build general capacity (including supporting individuals to build a qualified workforce), build program specific capacity, and facilitate communications across systems and sectors. Professional development includes funding scholarships for ECE college classes, delivering college classes and community trainings, and supporting Child Development Associate Credential … Read more >