Children eat at the childcare center (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
KUSA - Early learning is so important that many parents begin the
search for child care options months before a baby is even born. They know that finding a high-quality program is a critical first step in ensuring a child’s growth and development.
No matter where you are in that process, Colorado Shines – the state’s quality rating and improvement system – can help parents identify the best child care solution for their families. Colorado Shines rates programs on a scale of level 1-5. Currently, 4,564 programs are quality rated across the state, with 639 of those programs rated at the highest levels of quality (Levels 3-5). Colorado will honor the first two facilities achieving the highest-possible ranking, Level 5, during a pair of ceremonies Feb. 16.
Mary Anne Snyder, director of the Office of Early Childhood, and Bob Sornson, founder of the Early Learning Foundation, spoke with 9NEWS Thursday morning.
“It has created access for thousands of families across the state, especially families in low-income areas who may not otherwise have had access to high quality child care,” Snyder said. “These families now have a choice about the care and education their children receive during the earliest, and most important, years of their lives.”
To look for child-care options, visit coloradoshines.com. There is a worksheet for families to use and a search tool that will help parents find nearby child-care facilities.
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