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Family Resources

Child Care:

Colorado Shines  is a quality rating and improvement system used to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education programs.  Colorado Shines assigns a quality rating to licensed early care and education programs, similar to rating systems for other service-related industries like hotels and restaurants.

To find a childcare program near you click on the link above, choose “For Families,” then click the button with a magnify glass labeled “Find A Program.”

Steps to Finding Quality Care is a cheat sheet to help you choose a high quality child care in your community, or simply understand what “high quality” means, whether it’s a center or home-based program.

Child Care Aware  has useful tools and resources for families on a variety of topics.

The Early Learning & Development Guidelines  offer practical tips and points of reference that anyone can use to help children learn.

Qualistar Colorado is a statewide non-profit organization working with child care providers, parents, and communities to improve the quality of early childhood education in Colorado. Access to the training calendar, T.E.A.C.H. scholarships, and resources.

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care is the State’s lead agency in planning and implementing public child care policy.  The Division of Child Care is responsible for the licensing and monitoring of child care facilities.

Zero to Three information and materials to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Community Resources:

Mountain Valley Developmental Services supports adults and children in Eagle, Garfield, Lake and Pitkin counties with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Our work provides life span services for these individuals, their parents and family members, guardians, colleagues at work, neighbors and friends to promote independence, quality of life, and rights protection.

Colorado 211 is a free, confidential, multilingual service that refers callers to non-emergency health and human services.  2-1-1 Colorado employs trained information and referral specialists who assist individuals and families that are seeking answers regarding community services in times of need.

Referrals you can access by dialing 2-1-1:

  • Rental / Utility Bills Assistance
  • Suicide Intervention and Prevention
  • Medical Clinics
  • Rx Assistance
  • Senior Services
  • Youth Programs
  • Support Groups
  • Housing / Emergency Shelter
  • Food / Clothing Banks
  • Mental Health Assistance
  • Dealing With and Preventing Abuse
  • GED / ESL Classes

Family Support & Education:

The National Association for the Education of Young Children is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. Access accreditation information HERE.

Health & Well Being:

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Public Playground Safety handbook- playground safety materials and  guidelines.

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