Colorado Shines PDIS Self-Assessment

A self-assessment for the PDIS competencies

Colorado Shines Six Steps to PDIS Success

A guide to the new professional development information system

Colorado Shines QRIS Point Structure Guide

A detailed outline of the point structure for the new quality rating improvement system

Colorado Shines QRIS Fact Sheet

A brief handout describing the new rating system

Colorado Shines for Programs

Information on providing quality care. Information on child care licensing . Many other helpful resources.

Colorado Shines for Families

Why does quality child care matter? How does Colorado Shines work? What can families do?

Welcome to Colorado Shines

Information on the new method to assess, enhance and communicate the level of quality in early education and care for all licensed providers in Colorado.

NAEYC For Families

Parenting Resources; Researched Based Information on Learning and Development

Incredible Years

Parents, Teachers, and Children Training Series

Colorado Early Learning and Developmental Guidelines

Information on Developmental Milestones and Ways to Encourage Development for birth-8

Colorado Family Education Resources and Training (CFERT)

Child Development Information; Parenting Resources

Bright by Three

Child Development and Parenting Resources

Best Start For Babies

Parent Education Classes about Baby Development, Activities for Bonding, and How to Find Helpful Resources

Be Ready

Read, Explore, Ask, Discover, plaY. School Readiness Resources & Activites

Wellington Public Library

Poudre River Public Library District

Loveland Library

Estes Valley Library

Berthoud Community Library District

Fort Collins Read Aloud

Reading Tips; Suggested Book List; Literacy Resources

Safe Kids Larimer County

Car Seat and Safety Education; Car Seat Resources & Classes

Fort Collins Families

Resources for Families; Weekly Playgroups; Babysitting Co-op; Moms & Dads Night Outs

One Colorado

Identify and Contact Local Legislators


Resources on where to Give Help and Get Help

Second-Hand Smoke Effects

Information for parents and caregivers on the effects of second-hand smoke on the health of children

WIC Program

Supplemental Nutrition Program For Women, Infants, And Children with a Financial Need

Safe Sleep for your baby brochure

Simple steps to help protect your baby's life

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care

Professional self-assessments and other tools to keep up to date with the activities and needs of child care programs

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

Information for Providers, Parents, Consultants, Regulators, and Early Childhood Systems Leaders

NAEYC Childhood Obesity Prevention Resources

Let’s Move!

Information about Childhood Obesity; Resources for Families about Healthy Eating and Maintaining a Phyically Active Lifestyle

Larimer Health Connect

Offers free and unbiased in-person assistance to help people find the best insurance option for their situation.

Immunization information for Spanish-Speaking Parents

Immunizations & Pregnancy

Infant Immunizations FAQs

Healthy Info Source

Information about Immunizations for Children; Provider Licensing Information; Local Health Classes and Events

The Food Friends

Resources on Healthy Eating Habits in Children

Colorado Crisis Services

Provides free, confidential, and immediate help for any mental health, substance use, or emotional concern, 24/7/365

American Academy of Pediatrics

Children’s Health Topics, Pediatric Research, Patient Education Resources

Tool Kit for Employers on Early Childhood Development

Visit the EPIC Toolkit for some great ideas about things you can do to help your employees.


Information and Resources about Early Childhood Policies that Strengthen our Economy and Workforce

Need Help Finding Child Care flyer

Tell your employees about the Early Childhood Council's FREE child care referral service.

Mission: Readiness

Military Leaders Calling for Smart Investments in America’s Children

Early Childhood Education is an INFINITE INVESTMENT in the future

Today's children grow up to be tomorrow's workforce. Early education means better business.


Child care is a challenge for working parents. But together we can design solutions.

Be READY Larimer County

Fun activities to encourage development and increase school readiness

Zero to Three

Child Development and Behavior Information; Resources on Early Childhood Care and Education

Children’s Speech and Reading Center

Provides professional and affordable diagnostic and treatment services to Northern Colorado children with speech, language or reading delays

Foothills Gateway

Poudre School District

Thompson School District

Estes Park School District

(Contact Jenny Shell at (970) 586-5321) - For children kindergarten or older contact child’s teacher or school personnel.

Nature Explore

Research and Resources about Connecting Children to Nature

Average Cost of Care in Larimer County

Study done by ECCLC in January 2015

Colorado Shines

Quality Rating System; Search for licensed child care

Child Care Aware

Training and Education Information for Child Care Providers; Resources for Families about High-Quality Care

Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

Finanical Assistance Resources for Families Seeking Child Care

Division of Early Care and Learning

Child Care Licensing Information; Quality Initiatives; Provider History Report

Healthy Child Care Colorado

Information on the Health, Wellness and Safety of Children in Early Care and Education Settings; Resources for Colorado's Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs) and Child Care Providers

Supply of Child Care in Larimer County

Study done by ECCLC in Fall 2013

Let’s Move!

Resources for Child Care Providers about Healthy Eating and Physical Activities

Sharing Concerns with Parents

A 5-Step Guide for Early Childhood Professionals