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Become a Provider

Becoming a Licensed Childcare Provider

Join the ranks of a bright, empathetic and dedicated group of individuals whose work is critical to our community.

Your skills are in demand. According to Mesa County Public Health, the county’s licensed childcare facilities are available to just 21% 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. Along with family, providers of early childhood care are among children’s first educators.

Taking the first steps

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 required to achieve higher Colorado Shines quality levels.

Continued support and learning

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. Colorado Shines’ Professional Development Information System is a free resource with online training related to early care and learning.Together, we offer hundreds of hours of trainings for early childhood educators each year.

Expanding Quality in Infant and Toddler Care