Early Childhood Education Research Alliance

The Early Childhood Education Research Alliance at REL Central managed by Marzano Research has the long term goals of improving school readiness and increasing access to quality early childhood education programs. The alliance shares resources and supports capacity building of members around early childhood issues.

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 >

Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action – Community Planning

Colorado communities are engaging in an eight-month local participatory planning process using the Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action (Framework). The Framework is designed as a tool to guide strategic thinking, align strategies, and maximize shared outcomes to prevent child maltreatment and promote child well-being at the state and local level. The Framework will … 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 >

LAUNCH Together

LAUNCH Together is an initiative designed to improve social, emotional, behavioral, physical and cognitive outcomes for young children (prenatal through age eight) and their families in Colorado. Created through a unique collaboration of eight Colorado-based foundations, communities across the state are supported in enhancing existing prevention and health promotion practices and building coordinated community systems. … 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 >

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 >