Your Leader in Early Childhood Information
Children First is committed to offering high quality trainings and technical assistance to early childhood professionals. In our work with Qualistar Colorado and the Pueblo Early Childhood Council, Children First is dedicated to the advancement of early childhood as a professional career choice.
Trainings provided by Children First are assured to be presented by qualified trainers who have gone through the trainer approval process of Qualistar Colorado.
Search for additional training opportunities, family events, or early childhood professional happenings at the Qualistar Colorado website training and events calendar. Trainings offered by Children First or the Pueblo Early Childhood Council are posted on this calendar. Requests or suggestions for future training topics can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teacher Education And Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) provides college scholarships to early childhood education professionals to help them earn early childhood credentials and degrees. Read more about the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships.
Looking for a job or want to post a job? Check out the Early Childhood Job Board at Qualistar Colorado.
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The Qualistar Rating, Credential, Accreditation and CDA
The Qualistar Rating is available to all early care and education programs licensed by Colorado's Department of Human Services. The intent of the rating is to give licensed programs a measurement of quality, by star levels, and recommendations on how to improve the quality of the care they provide. Learn more about the Qualistar Rating at the Qualistar Colorado website.
The Colorado Early Childhood Professional Credential is a voluntary tiered system of credentials that recognizes increased knowledge and experience for those child care professionals who care for and educate children. The Credential ensures that all professionals caring for and educating young children have the same core early childhood knowledge regardless of setting - family child care, child care centers, public schools. Go to the Early Childhood Colorado Office of Professional Development for details.
National Association for the Education of Young Children or NAEYC Accreditation is a national voluntary accreditation system that has set professional standards for early childhood education center or school based programs. For more information about the NAEYC Accreditation process go to the NAEYC website.
National Association for Family Child Care or NAFCC Accreditation is a national accreditation for family child care homes. NAFCC Accreditation was designed by hundreds of providers, parents, and early care and education experts in an effort to create a quality indicator for family child care programs across the country. Learn more about NAFCC Accreditation.
Child Development Associate or CDA is awarded to an individual who has successfully completed the CDA assessment process. The CDA credential is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. Additional details are available at the Council for Professional Recognition website.