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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.
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.
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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.
January 20, 2016
A year after new child care rating system rolls out, two centers nab top scores
A year into a mandatory statewide rating system for preschool and child care, centers in Denver and Loveland are the first to nab top ratings.
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