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Quality Ratings and Assessments

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Every child is valued and deserves the opportunity to thrive. Research shows that high-quality early care and educational experiences are central to a child’s future success in school and life. Ninety percent of brain development occurs before a child’s fifth birthday, so we can’t wait until Kindergarten to provide high-quality learning and developmental experiences. Over half of the children under six in Colorado are in families where all available caregivers are in the workforce.

The quality of the environments where they receive care-- including child care centers, family child care homes and preschools  --  is important and  should provide a solid foundation on which children will succeed.

To help child care providers across all settings meet quality goals, Qualistar Colorado offers an array of assessment tools. Each assessment is designed to meet research based quality standards and provide a customized roadmap for quality improvement. In addition, Qualistar Colorado informs child care providers, policy makers and Colorado families on the why quality matters and what quality looks like.

Colorado Shines Rating and Improvement System

Assessors conduct Colorado Shines Level 3-5 ratings. Learn more about Colorado Shines, Colorado's new quality rating and improvement system.

Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) ®

Certified CLASS observers assess teacher-child interactions for infant through Pre-K licensed child care settings and provide feedback for continuous quality improvement. Learn more about CLASS and sign up.

Out-of-School-Time Quality Rating for School-Age

Using a 1-to-5 Star scale, this rating assesses the quality of licensed school-age before-and-after-school programs and summer school-age programs. The evaluation helps providers identify strengths and areas for improvement. Sign up today.

Family Child Care Quality Certificate

An assessment that measures quality in licensed family child care home settings and prepares providers for the higher levels of Colorado Shines. Sign up and learn more about the Family Child Care Quality Certificate.

Program Administration Scales

A certified assessor measures the quality of leadership and management practices of center-based child care programs and provide feedback for continuous quality improvement. Find out if the PAS assessment is right for your program.

Quality Ratings In Colorado

Learn about Qualistar’s history and experience in quality assessments, including the creation of the Qualistar Rating™. Learn more.