Research shows that the first days of a young child’s life have a lasting impact on later learning, health and success.

These early days lay the groundwork of how a child’s brain is wired, and provide the foundational social and emotional skills needed for both academic and economic success. High quality early childhood programs allow children to experience stimulating interactions in safe and healthy environments. Children who are nurtured and taught by sensitive and well-trained teachers and caregivers are more likely to progress toward both developmental and academic goals and are more ready to enter kindergarten.

Strengthening and supporting early childhood professionals is critical to young children’s success. Programs who participate in the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement system will be investing in our infants and young children. A higher rating means increased access to funds for early childhood programs. This means an investment in a positive future for Colorado. As residents of our state and professional advocates of young children, these are certainly outcomes we work toward every day.

What is the PDIS?

The Professional Development Information System (PDIS) is a web-based system supporting professional development for Colorado’s early childhood workforce.

The PDIS will support early childhood professionals in multiple ways throughout their career:

  • Track training and education
  • Provide quality online professional development
  • Calculate Credential level
  • Help individuals choose professional development according to their competency level, professional development goals, job role and geographic location.

You will use a personal e-mail address to create a profile so that you control the information that is shared.

To start your profile, visit and click on “Create Account”.