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.
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.
Apply to become an ECHO Demonstration Site. Applications will be accepted until Friday, July 27 at 5:00 p.m. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
To learn more about ECHO or the application process, please join us for an upcoming webinar. Please click on the links below to register.
For licensed early childhood professionals: Tuesday, July 10, 1:00 p.m.
For publicly accessible sites: Monday, July 9, 1:00 p.m.
Combined licensed early childhood professionals and publicly accessible sites: Monday, July 16, 6:00 p.m.
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.
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.
No trainings are currently scheduled. When a training is scheduled, it will be posted here for registration.
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 email@example.com or call 303-339-6822.
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Family Star Montessori School
Paddington Station Preschool