Colorado Shines/Quality Improvement

A Colorado Shines rating is a symbol of quality. The Colorado Shines rating is a guarantee to families that your program is licensed, in good standing and meets basic health and safety standards.

Colorado Shines rates the quality of Colorado’s early learning programs, on a scale of 1 to 5, based on how well a program:

  • Supports children’s health and safety
  • Ensures staff are well-trained and effective
  • Provides a supportive learning environment that teaches children new skills
  • Helps parents become partners in their child’s learning
  • Demonstrates good leadership and business practices

Once you receive a rating, Colorado Shines provides support to help your program continue to improve its quality. Colorado Shines is a flexible process that can be customized to meet the needs of each program. Learn More About Colorado Shines for Families Currently, all Douglas County School District Preschool Programs have a Level 2 Rating. We are in the process of improving our Quality Rating for all of 70 Preschool Classrooms across the district. All classrooms are using an Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, commonly referred to as ECERS. This tool is used to measure quality in each classroom's environment as well as the interactions between staff and children. Staff uses this tool to create goals moving forward to increase quality in their classroom. As part of our Quality Rating Process, the Early Childhood Department creates a Quality Improvement Plan which is primarily developed using family and staff surveys. We take the information from the surveys and develop goals to improve the quality of our programs for the families that we serve. To access our current Quality Improvement Plan for the 19/20 School Year please click HERE.

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