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Colorado supports early childhood leadership through its state-wide QRIS, public pre-K program, and principal licensure. State pre-K programs require administrators to hold a bachelor’s degree with at least 30 college credits in early childhood education. The QRIS measures the qualifications of child care center directors using the Colorado Early Childhood Professional Credential rubric that accumulates points along four pathways: formal education, ongoing professional development, experience, and credentials/certifications. The minimum qualification requirements for directors of licensed child care centers vary depending on the size of the center. The CDA is the minimum qualification for a director of a small center while the minimum qualification for a director of a large center is 30 semester hours of early childhood education plus 24 months of verified experience. Colorado does not have a director credential.

Interesting Facts: Colorado

  • Colorado Early Childhood Professional Credential recognizes and credits job-embedded professional development.

  • The University of Colorado Denver hosts an 18-credit change leadership program funded by the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation.

  • Colorado State University offers a bachelor’s degree in early childhood leadership.