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Qualistar Grants

Children need well-designed indoor and outdoor spaces that promote active learning. Environmental psychology and architectural research has shown a correlation between school design and both student achievement and teacher retention.

Yet we know that costly facilities improvements are out of reach for many early childhood programs because long-term budgeting for them is challenging.

Qualistar is committed to supporting the facilities improvements that early childhood programs need. We offer three different grant opportunities for various types of facility and environment improvements.

Qualistar's Capital Improvement Grant

The Qualistar Capital Improvement Grant is a competitive grant opportunity for non-profit early childhood programs. Grants are awarded twice a year, in the spring and the fall. Applicants are required to participate in an informational webinar. Priority is given to projects that increase the number of children, particularly infants and toddlers, served. Matching funds are required. Grants range in size from $500-$50,000. Grant-funded projects have included parking lot resurfacing, new lighting, roofing repairs, replacement of flooring, and classroom expansion. Qualistar hosts informational webinars prior to each grant round to guide potential applicants through the application process and to explain grant guidelines.

Qualistar's capital improvement grant program is made possible by generous funding from:

                Anschutz Foundation


Healthy Beginnings, Active Futures Grant

The Healthy Beginnings, Active Futures grants are awarded for the creation, expansion, and improvement of outdoor play and learning environments. Qualistar awards grants four times a year ranging in size from $500 to $50,000. Eligible applicants are licensed non-profit programs, privately owned for-profit programs, family child care providers, and preschools that are committed to reducing childhood obesity and increasing active play and physical activity.

The grant application is now available! Download the application here.
The grant application deadline is May 19, 2017.

Register for an upcoming technical assistance webinar to learn more about the application and submission process!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Friday, April 21, 2017, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 4, 2017, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

This grant program is funded by:


Early Childhood Health Outdoors

The Early Childhood Health Outdoors Grant (ECHO) is based on research about the benefits of improving the design of outdoor spaces through affordable interventions and training early childhood educators. Landscape design expertise is provided to help programs and communities create naturalized outdoor spaces for young children. This new initiative is launching in 2017 and will include demonstration sites and seed grant sites. ECHO is a partnership between Qualistar, the National Wildlife Federation and NCSU’s Natural Learning Initiative. Significant foundational funding for ECHO has been provided by:

Please contact the Director of Grants and Scholarships at or 303-339-6835 to learn more about Qualistar's grants.

A few words from past grant recipients:

"The changes to the Toddler classroom have been an uplifting and empowering experience for our whole school.  We could not be happier with the results and are thrilled to be able to provide quality Montessori education to these young children in a functional, safe space.  We are truly thankful to Qualistar for this opportunity."
--Chaffee County Montessori School

"On behalf of the board of directors, staff, and the families we serve, thank you for your grant award to Family Star to support our renovation and relocation to a new building.  Your gift truly helped launch our capital campaign and has inspired other foundations and individuals to make contributions- further increasing the impact of your gift!  It is through support of organizations like yours that Family Star has been able to provide an inclusive Montessori education program to Denver children, in addition to a wide range of family support services for over 20 years...and will continue to do so for many more."
--Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D., President & CEO, Family Star Montessori School