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Quality Assessment Services

Department members from left to right, front to back: Maria Dolan, Sobia Khan, Danielle Bauer, Michelle McConnell, Colleen Hennessy, Cora Doolittle, Alia McRorie, Tanya Coulter, Melissa Swayne (front), Josh Franklin, Linda Franklin, Crystal Reeder, Thierry Godette, Malie Visser, Jenai Volesky (back)


The Quality Assessment Services (QAS) Department partners with organizations across the state to deliver valid and reliable assessments to help early childhood education programs and providers with continuous quality improvement efforts. We are the vendor for Colorado Shines Ratings and reliabilities, and we also offer a variety of external assessment services. We provide customized assessment projects which typically include project design, scheduling, observation/assessment, feedback reports, and consultation. Our experienced and diverse staff have a passion for high-quality early education and are honored to help make a difference in the lives of young children across the state of Colorado.



QAS Quarterly Newsletter

QAS has launched a quarterly newsletter (new January 2021!) that is sent out via email to anyone on our email distribution list. The newsletter is released at the start of each quarter. Main newsletter components include:

  • Announcements and Resources 
  • Staff Feature
  • Featured Service 
  • Community Feature
  • Funny Stories from the Field 
  • ERS Tips for Success 
  • Dive Into Data 
  • And more! 

Coaches Meeting

Twice a year, the Quality Assessment Services Department provides Coaches Meetings that are free to early childhood professionals across the state. These meetings provide information about the Environment Rating Scales, Colorado Shines, child development, innovations from the field, licensing regulations, and more

Click the date below to view recorded Coaches Meetings from previous sessions held and reference the agenda to see what was discussed. 

  • Agenda: Retooling update/Training and Virtual Certifications, Using PDIS for Coaching and Appreciative Inquiry to Deepen Relationships, Introduction of Sarah Roberts and Regional Coaches, Development of the New QRIS Framework, EMBRACE, QAS Newsletter Launch, Virtual Rating Pilot Data, ERS-R Scoring Considerations, Virtual Ratings Tips/Tricks, Submitted Questions/Colorado Shines Q&A

  • Topics for this meeting include: Respect, Reflect, Relate: Strength-Based Coaching for Every Provider, Coaches Consortium updates, Trauma-Informed Inclusion, New ERS Notes for clarification reveal, and Ask-A-Rater.


Due to COVID-19, we find ourselves in a different world-a virtual one! We are excited to announce several recent innovations to our work including the Interim Virtual Colorado Shines L3-5 Rating 
AND the
Virtual ERS-3 Certification Process!
Click on the buttons below to learn more.