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Colorado Shines Ratings

We conduct ratings using the Environment Rating Scales for programs and providers across the state, seeking a Level 3-5 for our state’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), Colorado Shines. Additionally, we review all documentation programs and providers submit as part of their rating and assign scores for each of the rating components: Workforce Qualifications and Professional Development, Family Partnerships, Leadership, Management and Administration, Learning Environment/ERS, Child Health, and Optional Points. Visit the Colorado Shines website for more information.

Colorado Shines Indicator Questions
This email will connect you to our Colorado Shines Quality Data Team where you can submit indicator questions related to the evidence guides and indicator resubmissions.

Virtual Rating Resources

In partnership with the Office of Early Childhood, we have developed an interim virtual rating for Colorado Shines during COVID. Continuing to focus on quality during a pandemic is vital for children and families. The resources below will continue to be updated as we move through the process, so please check back frequently to ensure you have the most updated versions (all documents are dated). 

If you are a provider going through an L3-5 rating, your Lead Assessor will also provide the resources below as part of your orientation call/follow-up and can answer any questions you have. 

  • The Colorado Office of Early Childhood has released a series of short videos to help ECE professionals learn the new Professional Development Information System (PDIS). Subscribe to their channel to be notified of future video resources!

  • Frequently Asked Questions are answered in this document. This is a living document that is developed based on your questions. The most recent version will be provided here, so check back frequently.

  • This one-page document is a visual resource that shows the virtual rating process from start to finish.

  • This resource provides instructions for providers on how to upload files into Google Drive and also includes an FAQ about Google Drive.

  • This document shows the items that WILL NOT be scored as part of your ERS Video submission either due to current Health Department pandemic regulations or due to being unable to evaluate them fairly in a virtual process. These indicators are still essential in maintaining a high-quality learning environment. Items/indicators that receive a score of N/A do not have any impact on ERS scores.

  • This document shows the items that WILL NOT be scored as part of your ERS Video submission either due to current Health Department pandemic regulations or due to being unable to evaluate them fairly in a virtual process. These indicators are still essential in maintaining a high-quality learning environment. Items/indicators that receive a score of N/A do not have any impact on ERS scores.

  • The purpose of this document is to provide information about what your assessor will be evaluating through the submission of your Walk-Through Video. This resource can also serve as a self-assessment for providers and a coaching tool.

  • The purpose of this document is to provide information about what your assessor will be evaluating through the submission of your Walk-Through Video. This resource can also serve as a self-assessment for providers and a coaching tool.

  • This document includes tips for filming your ERS walk-through video and is also a checklist of all the components needed for your ERS Video. Providers should use this to ensure they are capturing all the necessary elements in their video. Provider support staff can also refer to this to help support providers with this process.

  • This is the modified evidence guide that will help CENTERS identify what documentation needs to be uploaded to earn points for their rating.

  • This document shows the items that WILL NOT be scored as part of your ERS Video submission either due to current Health Department pandemic regulations or due to being unable to evaluate them fairly in a virtual process. These indicators are still essential in maintaining a high-quality learning environment. Items/indicators that receive a score of N/A do not have any impact on ERS scores.

  • The purpose of this document is to provide information about what your assessor will be evaluating through the submission of your Walk-Through Video. This resource can also serve as a self-assessment for providers and a coaching tool.

  • This document includes tips for filming your ERS walk-through video and is also a checklist of all the components needed for your ERS Video. Providers should use this to ensure they are capturing all the necessary elements in their video. Provider support staff can also refer to this to help support providers with this process.

  • This is the modified evidence guide that will help FAMILY HOMES identify what documentation needs to be uploaded to earn points for their rating.

Colorado Shines Q&A Sessions

The Colorado Shines Question and Answer Sessions are scheduled on a monthly basis for the current month and the upcoming month CO Shines Level 3-5 participants. Registration will be made available by invitation only. This includes providers going through or coming up on a rating, and coaches and council staff that are supporting the program through their rating. Sessions occur on the third Friday of each month from 1-2:30 p.m.  The one and half hour session give programs an opportunity to ask members of the Quality Assessment Services Department clarifying questions related to the indicators, evidence documentation, and the Environmental Rating Scales. Participants can learn from questions other participants ask and are expected to submit specific questions in advance to help guide the content of the meeting. This is provided as additional support for programs participating in the Level 3-5 Rating.


Recorded Q&A Sessions

Click on the date listed below to view the most recent recorded Q&A sessions. 

Announcements

We will resume in-person ratings in January 2022! Virtual ratings will continue through December 2021. January 2022 will bring a few changes for Colorado Shines including a refreshed QRIS framework and utilization of the third editions of the Environment Rating Scales. Click the button below to see the Refreshed QRIS quality indicators. 

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