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Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System Named as a 2015 APEX Awards Finalist

posted Oct 19, 2015, 8:56 AM by Nicole Grabowski - CDHS
October 15, 2015 (Denver, CO) – The Colorado Department of Human Services announced today that its Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) has been named a finalist for the 2015 APEX Awards Project of the Year.

The work was undertaken by Vertiba, which took on the project through a contract with CDHS’s Office of Early Childhood.

Vertiba, a Gold-level implementation partner based in Colorado, worked with the Office of Early Childhood to develop the web site and QRIS platform. 

“Colorado received Federal grant funding through the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge that enabled us to create, implement and rollout the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System statewide,” said Mary Anne Snyder, Office Director, Office of Early Childhood. “Vertiba played an integral role in assisting our office to develop and successfully launch the Colorado Shines website and the QRIS.”

Added Snyder, “From day one, our goal has been to offer a comprehensive statewide rating system that would help parents find the best care for their child while creating a path to quality improvement for child care providers. It’s truly an honor to have and the QRIS platform recognized.” 

The APEX Awards recognize Colorado's technology excellence, highlighting remarkable leaders and innovators throughout the state. Winners will be announced on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Denver, CO.

For more information on the awards please visit:
Nicole Grabowski - CDHS,
Oct 19, 2015, 8:56 AM