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Interim Virtual Colorado Shines Rating Process


We know that quality early learning programs prepare children for kindergarten and success in school and life. Colorado Shines (QRIS), the Professional Development Information System (PDIS), and ecConnect are three tools the state has implemented to help drive quality programming in our state and help measure our success!

Colorado Shines offers a reliable, consistent, statewide rating system for licensed early learning programs. Colorado Shines helps connect programs with families looking for quality child care or preschools for their children, while also helping programs improve their quality level. It is free to be rated, to get support, and to be a part of the Colorado Shines network. Colorado Shines is flexible and customizable – programs can apply for quality ratings and support regardless of educational philosophy and can improve quality at a pace that works for the individual program.

Early learning programs are rated through Colorado Shines on a scale of 1 to 5: 

Level 1: Your program is currently licensed and in good standing with the State of Colorado.

Level 2: Your program is licensed and in good standing, plus it:

  • Has a quality improvement plan in place
  • Has conducted the L2 Quality Indicator Program Assessment
  • Has registered staff in the Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System (PDIS)
  • Has completed Colorado Shines Level 2 E-learning Courses

Levels 3-5: Your program is licensed and in good standing, plus it:

  • Has completed the Level 2 requirements
  • Has been assessed and rated by a Colorado Shines Quality Rating Assessor based on points in five categories
    • A Quality Rating Assessor will assess ratings at Levels 3-5. Clayton Early Learning has contracted with the State to provide Ratings Administration.

The Colorado Shines Rating Process

PCF’s quality-improvement coaching can help childcare providers implement initial requirements that qualify them to be part of the state’s Colorado Shines quality rating program—including obtaining a childcare license. It can also help providers make changes that help them climb higher on Colorado Shines’ five-level rating system.

In a recent survey of providers who underwent coaching with PCF, 100 percent of respondents rated their coaches as extremely valuable or very valuable when asked “How valuable was the coaching you received from your credentialed coach?”

Read about one participant’s experience here.

Capital Improvements

The Partnership for Children & Families plans to introduce Capital Improvement funding in September 2020. Come back for more details soon!

Provider Portals

Access your early childhood quality improvement and professional development resources.

ecConnect Login

QRIS Login

PDIS Login

Complete your order selecting this ecConnect Order Form and clicking “Make a Copy.”

Expanding Quality in Infant and Toddler Care