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.

Bringing High Quality Trainings to all Corners of Colorado

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...

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Reflecting On Our Science Symposium

By: Kathleen Strom As Qualistar’s new Professional Development Manager, I help facilitate development, outreach, and delivery of trainings for early childhood educators throughout the state. On November 4th, I had the incredible opportunity to attend the Science...

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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 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

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