Early Childhood
Colorado Shines

Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families (PCF), one of 31 Early Childhood Councils in the State of Colorado, is proudly supporting a state-wide effort to improve the quality of child care for our young children. With access to on-line resources, provider trainings on Colorado Shines (coloradoshines.com and the Professional Development Information System (http://ecpd.costartstrong.org) and one-on-one support for center-based and family child care providers, we strive to increase the quality of care in the Mesa County’s early care and learning community.


Colorado Shines Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) is a method to assess, enhance and communicate the level of quality in early education and care for all licensed providers in Colorado. This system provides standardized criteria for all child care providers in Colorado to be rated for quality, and provides incentives and supports to providers that wish to raise the level of quality care available at their facility. Colorado Shines is a blocks and points system. Levels 1 and 2 are "building blocks" tiers with movement to the next level based on completion of identified activities and standards. To reach Level 1, programs/providers will need to be in compliance with licensing standards. To reach Level 2, programs/providers will show they have established other aspects of care and education to promote positive experiences. To receive a Level 2 designation, all indicators within this level must be met. Designations for Levels 3, 4, and 5 will be determined by cumulative points plus a minimum number of points in each of the standard areas. Click here to learn more! www.coloradoshines.com


PDIS is a web-based system supporting professional development for Colorado’s early childhood workforce.

Who can participate?
PDIS is designed to support a variety of early childhood professionals at all levels of experience and education. Professionals working in programs that decide to progress in the new Colorado Shines QRIS will be required to register in the PDIS. Professionals whose programs do not decide to progress in the new QRIS can still access the PDIS.

What are the benefits for teachers?

PDIS will increase knowledge and skills, guide meaningful professional development choices and recognize professional accomplishments! Click here to learn more! http://ecpd.costartstrong.org

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