May 23, 2017

Congratulations to Kids’ Castle Child Care, a partner of Early Learning Ventures (ELV), earned a Level 5 rating from Colorado Shines this past week.

Colorado Shines Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) is a quality rating system of early childhood education programs across the state. Five different areas (Workforce Qualifications & Professional Development, Family Partnerships, Leadership, Management & Administration, Learning Environment, and Child Health Promotion) are evaluated based on their quality. From this, the child care is rated from a 1-5, 5 being highest.

Roger and Stephanie Olson, Owners and Directors of Kids’ Castle Child Care, have exceled at creating a high quality early learning environment in Arapahoe County. Stephanie and Roger have provided quality care, but through ELV’s Quality Child Care Partnerships (QCCP), have been provided help in achieving their goals. Through ELV, Kids’ Castle has been provided with an ELV Family Support Specialist and an ELV Quality Improvement Specialist to help build stronger family and business practices.

Kids’ Castle’s early learning environment encourages physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development by combining play and learning opportunities for the children. For example, Kids’
Castle provides formal dramatic play areas such as their “post office,” providing children the opportunity to paint and work on spelling. Kids’ Castle’s early learning environment also includes many hands-on learning items such as soft boy and girl cultural dolls, culture books, 3-D art, and primary color lenses. In addition, Kids’ Castle encourages children’s development creatively. Twice a month, they offer a music theory class taught by a former preschool teacher and current music teacher.

ELV is beyond proud of Stephanie and Roger’s accomplishments with Kids’ Castle. They continue to set and achieve ambitious goals for their own professional development and for Kids’ Castle. Thank you Roger and Stephanie for your continued dedication to always improving your high quality child care. ELV could not be more proud of your accomplishments and being your partner!