qualified provider, and includes referrals to
providers in Denver and statewide.
The Office of Children’s Affairs
Established in 1995, the Office for Children’s
Affairs is committed to supporting City
agencies, the community and its service
providers to ensure that: all children have
their basic needs met; all children are ready
for kindergarten; all children and youth have
the opportunity to succeed academically
and professionally. The Office is involved
in programs including Denver Great Kids
Head Start, Youth One Book One Denver
and Denver’s Summer and Afterschool Meal
Mile High United Way Childcare
Dial 211, 303-561-2244
Call the city line at 211, or the direct line
to get information about finding childcare,
health, human services, and other resources
for Denver residents. The service is
Qualistar Early Learning
3607 Martin Luther King Blvd., Denver, 80205
Qualistar Early Learning is dedicated
to advancing quality early childhood
education across Colorado. The
organization provides resources and
serves as a referral network for the state
of Colorado. The network includes 17
childcare resources and referral partners
throughout Colorado, offering referrals to
local childcare providers, information on
state licensing requirements, availability of
childcare subsidies, and other important
information. The organization also rates
the quality of childcare programs using the
Qualistar Rating System.
1. Once you have narrowed down a
list of providers, get details about their
license to provide care. Each childcare
facility’s regulatory history of inspections and reports is available online.
2. Visit the facilities. It is always polite to schedule a time with the director
for your initial facility tour, but make a second visit to observe a classroom
when you are not expected. See how well the caregiver provides a safe and
healthy environment. Once you place your child in care, remain involved
and keep asking questions.
3. Look carefully at homes or apartments that
have a pool or are near lakes, creeks or other
bodies of water. The caregiver can explain how
they ensure the safety of children in and around
these bodies of water.
4. Discuss any concerns with the caregiver. Respect the caregiver’s time—her main responsibility is working with the children.
Don’t be offended if the caregiver can’t spend much time talking
with you when you drop off or pick up your child. If you need
more time to talk about your child, set up a conference.
5. It’s normal for children to have some fears and misgivings about starting childcare outside the home. Children need time
to get used to new situations. Prepare your child for the change as far in advance as possible. Discuss his or her concerns. It is
important to let the caregiver know about things at home that may affect how your child is doing while in care.
6. Talk to your child about his or her experiences
in care. Watch for a time each day when your
child is quiet and feeling secure and protected.
7. Gently ask questions about how he or she is doing. Share their excite-
That’s not something that I could ever
ment about new friends, skills and abilities. Above all, listen to their
concerns, and give them a chance to boast about their achievements.
for choosing childcare
Being in preschool taught him to
share and how to function in a group.
teach him at home with me.
– Denver Preschool Program Parent