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Healthy Child Care Colorado

Health, safety and wellness are essential elements of high-quality early care and education. Children spend the majority of their days in early care and education, and families rely on the professionals who care for their children to also ensure their children’s well-being.

Qualistar Colorado integrates health, safety and wellness into all of our work, including quality assessments, capital improvement grants, professional development and advocacy. Additionally, Qualistar’s Healthy Child Care Colorado program is part of a nationwide initiative to ensure early care and education programs and professionals adhere to the highest, research-based standards.
Healthy Child Care Colorado works collaboratively to promote and support best practices in four focus areas: injury prevention, obesity prevention, oral health, and social and emotional well-being. We do this in three ways:
  1. Convene and train child care health consultants
  2. Develop and deliver professional development opportunities 
  3. Advocate for best practice health, safety and wellness standards

We Support Professionals

Ninety percent of brain development occurs before the first day of kindergarten, so it is important that children learn healthy habits early in their lives. The teachers, assistant teachers, directors and family child care providers in early care and education have an important role in helping children develop healthy habits and in providing families with important health resources. Additionally, the health and sanitation, and licensing regulations professionals adhere to must always have the best interest of all children at heart. Effective public policies and regulations must support professionals in ensuring all children are valued, healthy and thriving.



Healthy Child Care History

Healthy Child Care Colorado arose out of the Healthy Child Care America initiative that began in 1990s with support from the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration; the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families; the American Academy of Pediatrics; and the American Public Health Association. These partners recognized the potential to positively impact the health and safety of children in out-of-home early care and education settings throughout the country.

Colorado stakeholders recognized the importance of collaboration, so the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Colorado Department of Public Health and EnvironmentThe Children’s Hospital and Qualistar worked together to build Healthy Child Care Colorado. This partnership continues today

Healthy Child Care Colorado Program Evaluation and Needs Assessment

Healthy Child Care Colorado is pleased to share with you two reports published in November 2011 that will help guide the work of Healthy Child Care Colorado ) now and into the future;

Healthy Child Care Colorado Needs Assessment

Healthy Child Care Colorado Program Evaluation