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Colorado Shines

The Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is a tool for assessing, enhancing, and communicating the level of quality in early care and education. This system provides a structure for rating all licensed early childhood programs in Colorado for quality using a common set of research-based standards, and significantly, for incentivizing and supporting programs to raise their quality over time. Colorado Shines is embedded into the state child care licensing system. As a result, all licensed Child Care Programs that serve children prior to kindergarten will participate in Colorado Shines.

All licensed programs automatically receive a Level 1 rating. Programs have the option to pursue higher ratings at Levels 2 – 5. Colorado Shines is designed to provide incentives and supports to encourage all early care and learning programs to make quality improvements in an ongoing way. Colorado Shines QRIS is a blocks and points system. Levels 1 and 2 are blocks; programs earn these levels by completing a set of required activities and standards associated with each level. Quality levels 3, 4 and 5 are determined by points; programs earn these levels by meeting quality indicators in and across five categories of standards (workforce and professional development; family partnerships; leadership, management & administration; learning environment and Environment Rating Scale score; and child health).

Following a formal review, Jeffco Public Schools Preschool has been recognized in Colorado Shines at a QualityLevel 3. Jeffco Public Schools has shown the necessary indicators of quality, showing a strong association to the Colorado Shines quality rating. The information provided indicates clear documentation of the methods used for data collection, analysis, and governance of quality standards.

Jeffco Public Schools will continue to partner in the Colorado Shines process to earn and document a Level 5 designation for all preschool classrooms.

Colorado Shines

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