Aug 05

Our Colorado Shines Rating


Co Shines

What is Colorado Shines?

Colorado Shines, a quality rating and improvement system used to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education programs.  Colorado Shines assigns a quality rating to licensed early care and education programs, similar to rating systems for other service-related industries like hotels and restaurants.

How does Colorado Shines work?

Colorado Shines, Colorado’s quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), is required for licensed child care providers supporting children prior to entering kindergarten and helps early learning programs offer high-quality care.  It offers supports and resources to child care providers so they may support each child’s learning and development.   Research shows this kind of assistance helps providers improve the quality of their programs. When more young children are ready for school, we all benefit.

  • Colorado Shines rates the quality of programs on a scale of 1 to 5.
  • At level 1, licensed child care programs must meet Colorado’s licensing requirements for health and safety.
  • Programs with higher ratings have strong classroom instruction, training for staff and family engagement to support children’s success.
  • Participants who are working on or who have been rated Level 2 are recognized as “Participating in Quality Improvement.”
  • Child care programs rated at Levels 3, 4, or 5 are recognized as having achieved “High Quality.”


We were rated in the 2014-2015 school year and are proudly rated at a level 4!

4 Diamond Rating