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 >

Assessment

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 >

Training

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 >

Qualistar Capital Improvement Grants

Qualistar offers two capital improvement grant opportunities to help offset the costs of modernization, renovations, and facility upkeep. Qualistar Capital Improvement Grant This program has been operating since 2007 with generous support from the Boettcher Foundation, Gates Family Foundation, and Anschutz Foundation. These grants support permanent facility improvements tied to providing quality indoor and outdoor … 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 >

Back to Back Literacy Backpack Project

What is the Back to Back Literacy Backpack Project?  Each participating child care provider will receive one kit containing up to 21 take-home interactive and engaging early literacy and learning activities with examples including but not limited to animal tracks, counting and correspondence, five senses, incredible insects, life cycles, measuring, off to work we … Read more >

Strengthening Working Families Initiative

In partnership with the Community College of Aurora and the Community College of Denver, and using a two-generation model, ECPAC is supporting Child Care Navigation for parents of young children (0-12) who are returning to school to obtain a certificate and a job in a high-demand, high-growth field, such as Advanced Manufacturing, Business, Healthcare and … Read more >

Early Learning Quality Improvement Program

ECPAC provides comprehensive quality improvement support to licensed child care programs (Centers and Family Child Care Homes) as well as to informal child care providers (Families, Friends, and Neighbors). Support includes professional development training, on-site coaching or implementation support, and funding for learning materials. Additionally, ECPAC works closely with the local mental health center to … Read more >

Equity

Through collaboration with key partners, ECPAC supports a community-based support to improved/increased equitable access, affordability, and quality of cross-domain services and supports for young children and families. ECPAC has invested time and resources in long-term professional development and technical assistance to support community organizations in: 1. Intentionally implementing the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service (CLAS) … Read more >