Colorado Shines (QRIS) – Colorado’s new Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – is a method to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and learning at a program level.
Infant/Toddler Quality Expansion Grants – The Early Childhood Council of La Plata County, as a recipient of the Colorado Infant and Toddler Quality and Availability Grant (HB 13-1291), Race to the Top Quality Improvement and CCAP Quality Improvement funding is accepting applications from child care programs (homes and centers) in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties.
Infant and Toddler Quality and Availability (ITQA) Grants: Any licensed provider who is licensed to serve infants and toddlers. To participate providers must already serve CCCAP infants and toddlers or be willing to add CCCAP slots.
Race to the Top Quality Improvement (RTTQI) Grants: Any licensed provider who has achieved a Colorado Shines QRIS level 2 or higher.
Colorado Child Care Assistance Program Quality Improvement (CCCAPQI) Grants: Any licensed provider with a mean CCCAP enrollment of 3 or higher.
Quality Improvement Supports may include but are not limited to:
- Technical Assistance and Support for navigation and utilization of the QRIS system, PDIS system, and creation of a Quality Improvement Plan
- Quality Improvement Coaching
- Substitute support to cover qualified coaching/professional development activities.
- Professional Development support for Early Learning Program staff, including college coursework and professional development conference/training attendance
- Purchase of quality learning materials related to the goals stated within the Quality Improvement Plan
To apply for these funds, you must complete submit an application through the Colorado Shines website by September 15th, 2015: http://coloradoshines.force.com/ColoradoShines
If you are not familiar with the Colorado Shines website, here are a couple of resources to support the process: