This article will give Early Childhood Councils more detailed information on the New Provider Rating Incentive Project that will launch in Sugar in December.  For programmatic Questions please contact your Program Officer at the OEC.  For a recording of the October State TA Day webinar with information about this click HERE!



  • The eligibility requirements for receiving these Incentive awards are Programs engaging in Quality and Programs expanding Quality
    • Programs who rate from a Level 1 to a Level 2
    • Programs who rate from a L2 to a Level 3-5  
  • Program will need to have an Approved TSQI/ESQI Application to receive these Incentive Awards. These incentives are in addition to their existing QI funding.  
  • The Incentive Awards will be automatically awarded through Sugar after 5 days of the Rating being awarded.  
    • Early childhood Councils will not have to update anything in Sugar and Providers will not have to apply for this. 
  • These Incentives will be awarded to a Programs existing TSQI/ESQI QI Dollars Requisition as a Milestone Award. 
  • Councils can Convert funds to Coaching if Programs would like to have Coaching instead of Funding.
  • These incentives are coming out of the GAE. This is NOT separate funding and theses awards are not purpose restricted like TSQI/ESQI.
  • Milestones Report coming soon!
  • Councils will get a notification of the Milestone increases for their Programs
  • Programs will have the ability to either request regular QI/PD items in ecConnect or request the Council cut them a check. 
    • To get a check cut they would still need to upload some form (blank or otherwise) of documentation into ecConnect and submit a request for “reimbursement”.  This will be up to the ECC and Provider to work out on a case-by-case basis.  
  • A Program can get this incentive twice, once for rating from a Level 1 to a Level 2 and again when they rate from a Level 2 to a Level 3-5
  • This Incentive award program will last through June 30th, 2023.
  • Providers cannot “use” their Incentive awards in an additional Capital Improvement Request.  
  • There are two scenarios where a site should receive the award, but we will not be able to do so. In both these scenarios, no funds will be allocated to the Funding Stream and no milestones will be created.  Instead, sugar will trigger an "Action Failed" email with details about what happened. The two scenarios are:
    • If the parent FS doesn't have enough funds available to allocate
    • If the council has a negative remaining balance on their pooled dollar requisition.


If you have any technical questions please email the Support Helpdesk at support@ecconnectcolorado.org!