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 Initiative
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 be an ECHO Seed Grant Site. Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of May. The next request for applications for Demonstration Sites will be available at the end of June 2018. Please check back here for more details soon.
Training at ECHO Demonstration Sites:
Are you interested in learning more about engaging young children in outdoor spaces? Join us as our first two Demonstration Sites host their first 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. Follow the links below to register for a training. Please email email@example.com if you have questions regarding the trainings.
Save the Date! The Second Annual ECHO Summit will be Saturday, October 13, 2018. Registration and event details will be available soon.
If you have questions regarding ECHO, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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