Capital Improvement Grants
Early childhood education programs often operate on tight profit margins and many lack the budgetary flexibility required for costly improvements to the building, classroom, or playground. Qualistar’s grants are competitive opportunities for early childhood education programs and offer important capital improvement funding.
We award capital improvement grants throughout the year for both indoor and outdoor improvement projects. For some grants, applicants must show evidence of matching dollars or other sources of funding for the project. We encourage you to review the requirements for each grant and find the one or more that best meets your need. To ensure applicants are prepared and understand the guidelines, we host several informational webinars to guide potential applicants through the process.
Capital Improvement Grants
Qualistar Capital Improvement Grant
This grant is for Colorado-based 501(c)(3) organizations that serve children younger than age five and are in need of permanent facility improvements.
Application Deadline: Friday, October 5, 2018.
Qualistar awards this grant twice a year—in the spring and fall.
Learn how to apply at an upcoming technical assistance webinar. All webinars are from 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Click to register.
Healthy Beginnings, Active Futures Grant
This 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 are in need of outdoor facility improvements.
Please note there are two different applications for this round. If you are a family child care provider, please select the family child care application. Webinars will also be separate. Please contact Shannon Hall with any questions.
Application Deadline: Friday, August 3, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Qualistar awards this grant twice a year.
Learn how to apply at an upcoming technical assistance webinar. Click to register.
For center-based programs: From 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
For Family Child Care Providers: From 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Early Childhood Health Outdoors
Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO)
Healthy. Natural. Affordable. These are the foundations of Colorado’s ECHO Initiative. ECHO strives to ensure all young children in Colorado have daily access to quality outdoor learning environments where play and learning support development across all domains. The Initiative includes grants, training, and landscape design assistance.
Thank you for applying to become an ECHO Demonstration Site. We will be in contact in early September regarding your status. The next request for applications to be a Seed Grant Site will be available in early 2019.
Training at ECHO Demonstration Sites:
Are you interested in learning more about engaging young children in outdoor spaces? Join us at ECHO Demonstration Sites for trainings for early childhood professionals. Participants will gain first-hand knowledge to begin to naturalize their outdoor settings and hands on experience to learn how to work with children outdoors.
2018 Annual ECHO Summit:
Registration for the second Annual ECHO Summit hosted at Denver Botanic Gardens on Saturday, October 13, 2018 is now live! Please see the agenda below, and click here to register!
ECHO Summit Theme: Nature Within Reach
ECHO Summit Agenda:
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Registration and light breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.: Welcome and introductions
9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Keynote presentations
- Margaret Lamar, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Children and Nature Network
- Adam Bienenstock, Founder and Principal Designer, Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Breakout Session #1
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Breakout Session #2
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Afternoon break/snack
2:15 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.: Virtual presentation
- Richard Louv, Author
2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Wrap up
Join us for a specialized training for family child care providers:
Are you interested in learning natural and affordable ways you can engage children in outdoor spaces in your family child care home? Join us for Nature Play at Home to learn how to implement a naturalized outdoor learning environment in your own backyard. Participants will gain hands on knowledge of different play settings they can add to their outdoor spaces and easy ways to create a dynamic and engaging outdoor space. Each participant will leave with materials to start implementing right away. Click on the link below for more details and to register.
We do not have a Nature Play at Home scheduled at the moment. When one is scheduled, it will be posted here.
If you have questions regarding ECHO, please email email@example.com or call 303-339-6822.
Changing early childhood education, one place at a time.
On behalf of the board of directors, staff, and the families we serve, thank you for your grant award to Family Star to support our renovation and relocation to a new building. Your gift truly helped launch our capital campaign and has inspired other foundations and individuals to make contributions- further increasing the impact of your gift! It is through support of organizations like yours that Family Star has been able to provide an inclusive Montessori education program to Denver children, in addition to a wide range of family support services for over 20 years…and will continue to do so for many more.
Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Family Star Montessori School
The changes to the Toddler classroom have been an uplifting and empowering experience for our whole school. We could not be happier with the results and are thrilled to be able to provide quality Montessori education to these young children in a functional, safe space. We are truly thankful to Qualistar for this opportunity.
A teacher observed, “the transformation in the Big Room is significant due to the installation of new lights. The most dramatic change is the absence of a constant buzz emitted from old lights. The sound was an irritant and we now have a more peaceful and calm environment. The new lights also give an even brightness to our space. Very cheerful and welcoming!” On behalf of the Board of Trustees, staff, families, and children we serve, thank you for your grant award to Paddington Station Preschool to upgrade lighting at our school.
Deb Deverell, Ph.D., Head of School
Paddington Station Preschool