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  • Helpful Links

    Click on the websites below for valuable child related information.

    • The early years of a child’s life — from birth to age eight — are critically important for learning and development. The Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines provide practical tips and points of reference that anyone can use to help kids grow.

    • Colorado Shines, the state’s quality rating and improvement system, rates Colorado’s licensed early learning programs, connects programs with families looking for quality child care or preschools for their children, and helps programs improve their quality level. It’s fee-free for programs and professionals to use.

    • Qualistar believes all young children deserve excellent early childhood education. Their mission is to elevate the quality of early childhood education across Colorado by improving everyday practice of professionals, and by building safe, supportive environments.

    • Child Care Aware is the nation’s most respected hub of child care information for parents and child care providers. A program of Child Care Aware of America, Child Care Aware helps families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities.

    • The Colorado Children's Campaign advocates for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child well-being in health, education and early childhood.

    • The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is committed to improving the nutritional quality of meals served to children and adults in participating child care centers, family child care homes, at-risk afterschool programs, Head Start and outside-school-hours programs, adult day care centers and emergency and homeless shelters.