Early Childhood Education Blog
Learn from our team and our partners across the state.
With years of experience, our team is actively engaged and informed with the most current information, news, and research that impacts the ECE field. In this early childhood education blog, you will find regular, timely resources and posts on a range of topics.
The Early Childhood Health Outdoors Initiative will create natural outdoor environments in early childhood spaces. The playground as we know it is about to change. Child care centers Step by Step of Northglenn and Wild Plum Learning Center (Long’s Peak Building) of...
One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is visiting the programs Qualistar supports with grant funding. I recently had the opportunity to visit two Healthy Beginnings, Active Futures grant recipients. The Healthy Beginnings, Active Futures grant is for Colorado-based nonprofit and for profit early childhood education programs, including family child care, that serve children younger than age five and need improvements to their outdoor facilities.
As you prepare for the school year, consider using one of our two assessments currently counted for points in Colorado Shines to offer feedback to your program: The Classroom Assessment Scoring System, known as CLASS®, and the Certified Playground Safety Inspection (CPSI).
Encouraging children in licensed programs to be outside and active is part of summertime fun, and we must ensure they are sun safe while playing. For licensed child care programs, our state helps us with sun protection and sunscreen through regulations.
Qualistar and the Colorado Health Foundation Announce the Healthy Beginnings, Active Futures Grant In January of 2017, Qualistar announced a $1.2 million grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to improve the quality of outdoor learning environments in early...
Sometimes when you look back, it’s hard to remember how an idea started, especially an idea that today is so successful and at the same time continuing to grow and evolve. So, when did Qualistar’s idea of “symposium” begin and what does it look like now?
We have spent the last two years refining our School Age Rating and assessments for out-of-school time programs. As an organization that supports quality in every facet of the early childhood education community, we believe all children’s programming should be high quality. Our obligation to offer quality programs for children does not end when they enter Kindergarten.
Providers are acclimating to Colorado Shines QRIS, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system, and the Professional Development Information System (PDIS), the state’s new professional registry. The Family Child Care Quality Certificate project is designed to prepare family providers to be successful as they participate in the state rating system and PDIS.
“The incentives are huge, but it’s really about becoming a better educator,” Cheryl says. “College opened my world to brain development, age-appropriate behaviors and the importance of play.”
Leann Arnold, has earned her Director’s Certification. She previously earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and has over thirteen years of experience in the preschool classroom. “You are never too old to learn! I was feeling like I needed a new adventure in my life. Taking classes got me excited about teaching again. Children are our future and we need quality professionals to encourage and guide them.”