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Commitment to Quality Child Care

A Colorado Shines rating (QIRS- Quality Improvement Rating System) demonstrates your commitment to quality and communicates to families that your program is a safe place where their children will learn and thrive. Colorado Shines is a quality rating and improvement system that monitors and supports early learning programs for children ages 0-5 years.  Its primary functions are to help participating programs and professionals improve their quality through assessment, training and tools, and to connect Colorado families with quality child care.  

Colorado Shines is a free resource for families, learning programs, and early childhood professionals serving children ages 0-5.


  • Rate the quality of Colorado's licensed child care and preschool programs

  • Help programs continue to improve quality of services they provide to families

  • Show families a program is committed to quality

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