Become a Provider
I am Interested in Becoming a Licensed Childcare Provider
Thinking about becoming a licensed childcare provider? That’s great news! You’ll be joining the ranks of a bright, empathetic, enthusiastic and dedicated group of individuals whose work is critical to the smooth functioning of our community.
What’s more, your skills are in demand. According to Mesa County Public Health, the county’s licensed childcare facilities are available to just 21 percent of children from birth to age 5. That leaves many working parents—or parents who want to work—with limited options.
As a licensed childcare provider, you’ll be helping ensure children are safe, healthy and learning the skills they will need to be successful in school. Along with family, providers of early childhood care are among children’s first educators. Research on brain development has shown that the experiences children have in the first three years of life significantly impact the physical structure of the brain and a child’s ability to learn. In fact, by the time children enter school, brain development is 90 percent complete.
Taking the first steps
Not sure where to start? PCF can guide you through Colorado’s childcare licensing process and introduce you to the state’s Colorado Shines quality rating program. The program assesses, enhances and communicates the level of quality in early education and care for all licensed providers in Colorado.
Providers reach Colorado Shines Level 1 by complying with state licensing standards. Those who wish to attain higher ratings can work to do so with the help of PCF coaches. Coaches provide encouragement and practical assistance in implementing the standardized criteria that’s required to achieve higher Colorado Shines quality levels.
Continued support and learning
As you continue on your provider journey, PCF offers more opportunities for growth and learning, including hosting—or working with community partners to host—hundreds of hours of trainings for early childhood educators each year. In fact, with support from Mesa County Department of Human Services and Mesa County Workforce Center, PCF has been able to offer courses for college credit, such as Child Development Associate and Expanding Quality Infant-Toddler (EQIT) classes.
Need training that’s tailored to your schedule? PCF can also answer any questions you might have about Colorado Shines’ Professional Development Information System, a free, online resource packed with information and access to online training related to early care and learning.
Contact PCF today to learn more and begin your journey to being a childcare professional.