Quality is non-negotiable
Elevating the quality of early childhood education
Imagine a Colorado where all children start kindergarten ready to succeed. This vision drives our work. In order to build a high-quality early childhood education system, we empower professionals and enhance learning environments through the following:
Develop and Deliver
We collaborate with state and local entities to effectively develop and deliver what is needed most, where it is most needed. Scanning the early childhood landscape, we identify quality gaps and drive innovation in systems and solutions, while advocating for high quality in early childhood education—defining, defending and promoting its importance across Colorado.
By Phyllis Lucas, Director of Professional Practice: Sometimes an idea comes to me while I’m driving. Sometimes it’s something a director, teacher, or coach says. And other times it’s an article I read from Zero to Three, or Child Care Exchange. And sometimes it’s a...read more
By Jordan Langton: Working with children in and out of school settings has always been a deep passion of mine. Raised in a tight-knit family of educators, I really saw no other path and my earliest jobs were chosen to reflect that path. I spent my summers working at a...read more
By Karen Thiel: I had the great pleasure to observe and train Supporting Child Development at the Paradox Valley Preschool in Paradox, Colorado. The level of commitment to quality education and care displayed by the families, preschool teachers, cafeteria staff, and...read more
Elevating People & Places
Our mission is to elevate the quality of early childhood education in Colorado by improving everyday practice of professionals, and by building safe, supportive environments.
Continuous Quality Improvement
What does a high-quality program look like? What are the key drivers of quality? Take a few moments to watch this video introducing you to the amazing teacher and leaders at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Center in Cañon City and Kid’s Castle in Aurora. In the video you will learn about the types of programming, services, and interactions that happen in high-quality settings as well as the ways that Qualistar partners with providers to reach higher levels of quality.
Why Quality Matters
of brain development occurs before a child's first day of kindergarten
A child's vocabulary at
can predict third grade reading level, a strong indicator of lifelong success
Employee absenteeism due to unreliable child care costs U.S. businesses