Triad Council Meeting 

August 14, 2018

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM






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School Readiness Quality Improvement Program (SRQIP)

The School Readiness Quality Improvement Program (SRQIP), C.R.S. 26-6.5-106, is designed to improve the school readiness of children five years of age or younger who are cared for at Early Learning programs that feed into public elementary schools that are rated as low-performing based on their school performance report. The program awards $2.2 million of federal Child Care Development Funds annually to local Early Childhood Councils across the state.

Jefferson County SRQIP Sites:

All Precious Children

Balinda Price

Cheryl Chinn

Clever Kids

Highlands Classical Preschool

Home Early Learning


Lakewood Learning

Oak Street Child Development Center

Sara Hewitt

Expanding Quality in Infant and Toddler Care (EQIT)

Starting in the mid-1990’s, a series of national studies indicated an alarming lack of quality child care for infants and toddlers. In order to address this need, the Department of Human Services partnered with the Colorado Department of Education and convened a statewide group of stakeholders with expertise in infant toddler development and care. This effort grew into the Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care (EQ) Initiative, which launched in 1999 and is housed at the Colorado Department of Education.

The primary goal of the EQ Initiative is to increase the quality and availability of responsive care for infants and toddlers throughout Colorado by:

  • Strengthening the skills and knowledge base of Early Childhood professionals working with infants and toddlers
  • Facilitating professional development for infant toddler professionals, particularly those who are teaching or coaching infant toddler teachers
  • Building capacity and promoting systemic change to foster increased quality and availability of care and services for infants, toddlers, and their families

The EQ Initiative is best known for the EQIT 48-hour course of training which uses a hands-on, face to face model that promotes reflection, and develops a strong sense of community and trust among attendees. The EQIT course includes 16, 3-hour modules that promote an understanding of infant toddler development, safe and appropriate environments, and emphasizes the critical importance of healthy, responsive relationships among providers, parents, and infants/toddlers. In addition to the 16 modules, most EQIT course participants take advantage of onsite coaching to help them incorporate what they are learning into their programs and classrooms. Instructors for the EQIT course are locally based and must complete an intensive 70+ hour Training of Trainers course prior to working with their Early Childhood Councils to offer the EQIT course. EQIT Coaches must complete additional training prior to coaching EQIT course participants.

Triad Early Childhood Council has had over 300 people complete this course!


The Triad ECC EQIT Team Instructors

Julia Brink 

Sherry Peterson

Carmen Martinez

Melinda Kurgan 

Colorado Infant and Toddler Quality and Availability Program (ITQAP)

In recognition that the first 3 years of life lay foundation for future development, the Colorado legislature passed HB 13-1291 which provides communities across the state with funds to increase the quality of infant and toddler child care, increase slots in high quality child care for low-income infants and toddlers, implement tiered reimbursement for Colorado Child Care Assistance Program payments, and promote family engagement in their child’s school. High quality programs are defined as those that are rated in the top 2 tiers of the state rating system, are accredited by a state approved accrediting body, or are an Early Head State in compliance with federal regulations.

Jefferson County ITQAP Sites:

 Aspen Creek Academy

Children's Center 

Gateway Columbine

Gateway Ken Caryl

Global Village Arvada

Home Early Learning


Knoledge Universe

La Petite-Burgandy

La Petite-Westminster

Little Chick's and Hatchlings

Little Harvard

Little People's Landing

Oak Street Child Development Center


The Sunshine House

Wheat Ridge Learning Academy