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Qualistar Rating

Image of little boy coloring in a child care classroomThe Qualistar Rating™

The Qualistar Rating was introduced in 2000 and was one of the country’s first statewide system to assess the quality of early childhood education programs. For the next 15 years, the Qualistar Rating helped parents find quality early childhood education programs in their community and provided a framework for providers to improve services for children and their families.

After laying the groundwork for quality assessment and demonstrating its value, the state of Colorado made an investment in our youngest children and launched the Colorado Shines system in the spring of 2015. Today, through Colorado Shines, Qualistar continues to conduct quality ratings for the state’s child care providers to advance quality early childhood education across Colorado.

Qualistar also continues its partnership with the Denver Preschool Program (DPP), which makes high quality preschool possible for all Denver 4-year-olds regardless of income or neighborhood. The DPP Classroom Rating was created to capture both the Qualistar Rating and the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) observation, which measures the quality of the interactions between teachers and children, as equal components to measure quality. As the roll out of the new state system, Colorado Shines, is incorporated into the quality ratings for Denver child care providers, the Denver Preschool Program will also be transitioning from the DPP Classroom Rating to the Colorado Shines model for ratings.