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child care quality
lever for change
July 3, 2019
Colorado built a system to measure child care quality. Now, it wants more providers to climb the ratings ladder.
Four years after Colorado launched a rating system for child care and preschool programs, a quarter of providers are considered high-quality.
November 15, 2018
Victim of its own success: Qualistar, pioneer in rating Colorado child care, to close
Qualistar Colorado, a well-known nonprofit that created the first rating system preschools and child care centers in the state, will close at the end of 2018.
October 11, 2018
In a tough business, startups vie to become the Uber and Lyft of child care
A growing cadre of companies aim to attract thousands of home-based child care providers to a notoriously tough field by making the job easier and more lucrative.
August 14, 2018
Mike Pence passed up a big federal preschool grant. Now Indiana could have a second shot
Early childhood advocates are waiting to see if Indiana’s current governor will pursue federal funds — which could be a key piece of making pre-K more broadly available.
year in review
December 21, 2017
Early childhood discipline, child care deserts and funding challenges in the spotlight during 2017
Amid national debate on the disproportionate number of suspensions given out to young boys of color, Colorado lawmakers grappled with discipline policy in 2017.
December 6, 2017
Life in a child care desert: What one Denver neighborhood can teach us about solving a national problem
In the north Denver neighborhood of Elyria-Swansea, licensed child care is in short supply — a problem has sparked several efforts to alleviate the problem.
May 16, 2017
Amid Colorado’s push to get child care providers to seek higher ratings, some say, ‘No thanks’
Some child care providers say earning higher marks on Colorado's quality rating scale takes time and money they don't have — and won't benefit them anyway.
April 20, 2017
How Colorado is trying to boost access to quality child care for poor kids
Even with recent changes to Colorado's $86 million child care subsidy programs, low-income children still don't have access to the same quality care wealthier kids do.
year in review
December 19, 2016
Colorado’s year in early childhood: Bright spots and persistent challenges
A look at Colorado's biggest early childhood stories of 2016.
raising the bar
September 29, 2016
Helping poor families afford child care used to be about working parents, but recent changes focus on kids
New federal rules, along with key policy and funding changes in Colorado, have shifted the focus of a program that helps poor families with child care costs.
August 1, 2016
U.S. education chief gives Colorado kudos for early childhood efforts
Colorado got a high-profile pat on the back Monday with a visit from U.S. Secretary of Education John King, who lauded the state’s efforts to raise child care quality.
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