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Family Child Care Quality Certificate

What is the Family Child Care Quality Rating Certificate?

The Family Child Care Quality Certificate program promotes high-quality early childhood education from licensed child care providers who work from their homes. The FCCQC is an alternative pathway to Level Two of Colorado Shines, the state’s quality rating and improvement system.

The FCCQC trainings and resources were developed specifically for this underserved group of providers to improve the care and education they provide to children and families. FCCQC also prepares participants to achieve higher levels within Colorado Shines.

Thanks to generous funding from the Daniels Fund, there is no cost to providers to particpate.

Each participating provider has access to a variety of free professional development trainings, which are completed in preparation for an in-home visit. The visit is a real world examination of how a provider promotes quality care, education and health and safety standards. Following each visit, providers receive a Quality Improvement Plan, which is an analysis of their strengths, areas to improve and a pathway to providing higher quality care and education.

Why should I get a Quality Certificate?

An FCCQC is an alternative pathway to Level Two in Colorado Shines, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system, in which every licensed early care and education program participates. FCCQC participants will learn practical ways to move beyond Level Two and achieve higher levels of quality.

The program addresses quality standards for:

  • family partnership
  • child health promotion
  • administrative practices
  • staff qualifications
  • professional development
  • creating a quality learning environment

Participants complete an orientation webinar and schedule their own in-home visit.

Who is eligible?

All licensed family child care providers in the State of Colorado.

How Do I Sign Up?

Please complete the online form below and we will be in contact with you soon.

Participant Incentives

$300 Grant

Every provider who participates will receive a $300 grant that can be used for:

  • learning materials directly related to the improvement plan
    • Lakeshore Learning Materials has special packages just for participants. Learn more.
  • capital improvements
  • hiring a substitute so you can attend trainings
  • quality improvement coaching

Colorado Association of Family Child Care Annual Membership* (a $30 value)

Free Trainings

All trainings will be offered for free and will count toward on-going professional development requirements. Trainings include a variety of topics including business practices for family child care homes:

  • in-home visit preparation
  • forging strong family partnerships
  • developing curriculum for mixed age groups
  • child care business administration
  • using Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines to improve family engagement

A New Sales Tool to Recruit More Families

Your Quality Certificate can be used as a selling feature to prospective parents.

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If you prefer to complete a paper application, please email


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