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 tools they need to be successful. Modeled after requirements within Colorado Shines, the program has been approved by the Colorado Office of Early Childhood.

Participating family child care providers learn how to strengthen and improve business practices and create healthy family partnerships. The Family Child Care Support Specialist also ensures that participants understand Colorado’s Early Learning and Development Guidelines, the Professional Development Information System, and Colorado Shines Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS). Participants gain insight and learn practical ways to reach even higher levels of quality. Approximately 80 family child care providers complete the certificate program each year.

Participants in the Family Child Care Quality Certificate quality improvement process receive:
• Professional training and individualized consultations
• A $300 grant to be used for program materials
• One-year membership to the Colorado Association of Family
Child Care
• Hands-on assistance with the Professional Development
Information System and Colorado Shines
• Level 2 Colorado Shines rating upon successful completion of
the certificate program requirements

Primary Role of Program in Early Childhood Systems:

Direct Service

Service Area(s):

Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Cheyenne, Clear Creek, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Delta, Denver, Dolores, Douglas, Eagle, Elbert, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lake, La Plata, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Ouray, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, San Miguel, Sedgwick, Summit, Teller, Washington, Weld, Yuma, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Population(s) Served:

Teachers, Other Professionals

Outcome-Based Activities The Program/Initiative Provides:

Health & Well-Being

Settings and practices promote strong relationships, social and emotional development, appropriate nutrition and physical activity
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Health & Well-Being

All environments are safe, free of toxins, have affordable foods and offer physical activity
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Learning & Development

Education, coaching and ongoing training exist for caregivers, teachers and other professionals
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Learning & Development

Learning experiences and environments are high quality, developmentally appropriate and affordable
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Learning & Development

Formal and informal care environments and education practices reach the highest levels of quality
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Program evaluates effectiveness of activities and services:


Organization Details:
Qualistar Colorado

3607 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Denver, Colorado 80205

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ECLC Framework Matrix: Outcomes > access, quality and equity