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  • HOW DOES COLORADO SHINES WORK?


    Colorado Shines is required for licensed child care providers supporting children prior to entering kindergarten and helps early learning programs offer high-quality care.  It offers support and resources to child care providers so they may support each child’s learning and development.   Research shows this kind of assistance helps providers improve the quality of their programs. When more young children are ready for school, we all benefit.

    • Colorado Shines rates the quality of programs on a scale of 1 to 5.

    • At level 1, licensed child care programs must meet Colorado’s licensing requirements for health and safety.

    • Programs with higher ratings have strong classroom instruction, training for staff, and family engagement to support children’s success.

    • Participants who are working on or who have been rated Level 2 are recognized as “Participating in Quality Improvement.”

    • Child care programs rated at Levels 3, 4, or 5 are recognized as having achieved “High Quality.”

    WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR LINCOLN ACADEMY?

    One in four children in Colorado enters kindergarten unprepared to keep pace with their peers, making it important for families to connect with quality early learning programs that help to prepare children for school. Colorado Shines and the Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines are part of the state’s initiative to focus on these important early years.

    Lincoln Academy PreK carries a Level 3 rating from Colorado Shines.  Our next goal is to achieve the next rating level during our next rating opportunity, beginning March 2021.   This rating does not change our philosophy but ensures parents and the community that Lincoln Academy PreK continues to provide its students with the essential foundations for future successes.  

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