The Colorado Alliance for Quality School Age Programs grew out of networking opportunities provided through the original Colorado School Age Summer Institutes.  CAQSAP has been providing professional development opportunities since 1989.

CAQSAP began as the state affiliate for the National After School Care Association (NSACA) which is now the National Afterschool Association (NAA).

Always an advocate for sustainable funding for school age programs, CAQSAP partners at the SUMMIT to monitor legislation concerning children and families.  As a supporter of a statewide network for school age programs, CAQSAP was a partner with the Colorado Afterschool Network (CAN).  Currently the Board Chair sits on the Colorado Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Committee Task Force.

Professional development has been provided through state wide conference, regional workshops and seminars.  Partnerships with the Colorado Association for the Education of the Young Child, the Colorado Association of Community Educators and CAN has strengthened content areas allowing staff access to training focusing on best practices in the field, age appropriate programming and links to learning.