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:


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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.

Welcome Qualistar’s Three Newest Board Members

We are excited to announce the three newest community members to join our board-- Nate Mandeville, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Great-West Investments, Ben Valore-Caplan, CEO of Syntrinsic Investment Council, and Justine Metz, President of Sapientia...

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High-Quality Outdoor Environments for Colorado’s Children

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.

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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 Hope Center in Denver. This Level 4 Colorado Shines program and longtime partner of Qualistar has committed itself to continuous quality improvement. 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

age 3

can predict third grade reading level, a strong indicator of lifelong success

Employee absenteeism due to unreliable child care costs U.S. businesses

$3 billion


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