In Colorado, 61% of children under age 6 have all available parents in the workforce. The great majority of these children need to be in some kind of non-parental care, whether that be non-licensed family/neighbor/nanny care, or a licensed center or home. All Coloradans should care about the systems of early care and education that allow parents to work, AND provide children with safe and stimulating environments in which to grow and learn.
- Early Childhood Development Toolkit for Employers
- Early Learning Ventures
- Qualistar Find Child Care Tool
- Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP)
- Prekinder: Aprendiendo a aprender (Learning to Learn)
- National Network for Child Care
- National Infant and Toddler Child Care Initiative
- National Head Start Radio
- National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center
- NACCP Radio
How do I find out about...
The Division of Child Care is responsible for the licensing and monitoring of child care facilities; managing the child care assistance program (CCCAP) for eligible families; administering child care grants and quality initiatives, and serving as the lead in implementing federal child care programs. The overall goal of the Division of Child Care is to promote quality, accessible and affordable child care services for Colorado families.
Qualistar is the state network office for Child Care Resource and Referral. Qualistar Colorado manages a system of 17 local agencies throughout Colorado that supports parents, child care providers and local communities.
Your local Qualistar Partner can walk you through the complexities of the child care system, providing you with the tools you need to make an informed child care decision. They can provide you with free referrals to child care programs matching your needs and preferences. They can give you information about location, quality, hours of operation, child care philosophies, licensing requirements and financial assistance.
In addition, there are many training opportunities available that can help you prepare to meet the requirements of licensing.
- Colorado Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Fund Application
- Spanish Family Child Care Training offered by City of Boulder
- Clayton Learning - School Readiness: Improving Outcomes for Colorado Children
- How Does Your Kindergarten Classroom Affect Your Earnings? Evidence from Project Star
- Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School
- Policy Brief - Quality Child Care: An Investment in Families, An Investment in Colorado's Economy (Colorado Children's Campaign)
- Colorado Qualistar: The Child Care Quality Rating System Assessment