Choosing the Best Child Care or Preschool

By Diane Trister Dodge and Cate Heroman

At some point during your child's first five years, you may place your child in a child care or preschool program. This will be a big decision—one you will want to make carefully. Next to family members, caregivers and teachers can do the most to help your child's brain grow and develop during these important early years. Studies show that there is a link between high-quality child care and school readiness. Children not only enter kindergarten more prepared for school, but they seem to do well past kindergarten.

Take the time to ask around, and find out what programs in your area are licensed. Plan to visit several places before deciding where to place your child. Spend some time watching the action. Look to see if children appear to be happy and content.

Health and Safety First

Your first concern will be whether your child will be safe and free from harm. If you have an infant or toddler, here are some things to look for:

  • Group size: 3–4 children with one caregiver, and no more than 10 children with two caregivers
  • Separate cribs for each child and a place for children's belongings • Soft, comfortable carpeting and furniture
  • Covered electrical outlets and locked cabinets for any dangerous materials
  • Separate diapering and food preparation areas that are clean and safe
  • A sufficient number and variety of toys that your child would enjoy
  • Protected outdoor areas where children can play safely

For your preschooler, here are some signs of a good program:
  • Group size: 18–20 children with two teachers
  • Classroom and outdoor areas that are free from conditions that might cause injuries
  • Materials and equipment in good repair
  • Clean cots or a mat for each child
  • A well-organized room with lots of choices for children: books, blocks, art materials, puzzles and toys, dress-up area, sand and water table, and more
  • Soft material under outdoor equipment and a fenced-in yard with some shade

For all children, there should be written procedures for dealing with emergencies. Also, look for evidence that children practice self-help skills such as washing hands, brushing teeth, and setting the tables. Be sure that children are supervised at all times.

The Staff

Research shows that the staff makes the difference. The more training and education the staff have, the higher the quality of the program. A quality program helps to prepare your child for school.

The people who care for your child will be your partners. Watch how they relate to children when you visit. Ask yourself the following questions:
  • Are they warm, caring, and responsive to each child?
  • Do they treat each child and each family's culture with respect?
  • Do they respond quickly to each child's needs and questions, comfort children who are upset, and help them work out problems?
  • Do they talk with the children, read to them, and listen to what they have to say?
  • Do they plan interesting things for children to do?
  • Do they guide children's behavior in positive ways?
  • How would my child respond to them?

Take time to talk with the staff. Find out what they like best about their work and how long they have been caring for children. Your instincts will tell you if these are the kinds of people you want to have in your child's life.

Sharing What You Know About Your Child

You know your child best. Take time to talk with the people who will care for him or her to share what you know. Talk about
  • how your child responds to new experiences and people
  • what comforts him when he is upset
  • what songs and activities he likes best • what helps him get to sleep when he is tired
  • whether he has any food allergies or medical problems (such as asthma or diabetes)
  • what fears he has and how you handle them


If your child has special needs that have been identified, you are probably an expert on how he learns best. Be sure to share any evaluation reports you have with the staff. Find out if they have experience caring for a child with a similar need. Offer to show them what you have learned, such as his sitting positions, carrying positions, or "tricks" you have for getting him to eat. Encourage the staff to ask you questions. Sometimes their questions are related to fears such as, "Can the other children catch this?" or "Will I break his bones if I try to get him to sit as you just did?"

You can reassure them with your answers.

 

Excerpted from Building Your Baby's Brain: A Parent's Guide to the First Five Years. Washington, DC: Teaching Strategies, Inc. (2010).

[Resources for Families-Teaching Strategies GOLD]

Park County Public Schools, Preschools, Childcare & Playgroups

SOUTH PARK RESOURCES


Childcare / Preschools

To search for LICENSED IN-HOME and CHILDCARE facilities in your neighborhood online please visit the Colorado Department of Human Services website to see all your options: http://www.colorado.gov/apps/cdhs/childcare/lookup/index.jsf


CHILD CARE INNOVATIONS

As a contracted partner of Qualistar Colorado, Child Care Innovations operates a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency to locate licensed childcare in your community, serving Park and seven additional counties. Website: http://www.rrcc.edu/child-care-innovations

Call: 1-877-338-2273


EDITH TETER PRESCHOOL – 640 Hathaway St., Fairplay

Ages & Hours: Ages 2 ½ to 5 Full and Half–day classes, 1-4 days per week depending upon age

Description: Developmentally appropriate learning activities, creative arts, large muscle movement, nutritious snacks, story time, music, dramatic play, field trips, speech and motor therapy, hearing and vision screening. Colorado Preschool Program/scholarships are available.

Director: Carla Scholl 719-836-4416


BRISTLECONE MONTESSORI SCHOOL – 272 N. Main St., Alma

Ages & Hours: Ages 2 ½ -12, Preschool 9-4 or 1/2 day 9-12; Elementary 8-4 B&A care available.

Description: Montessori preschool dedicated to nurturing a child’s natural curiosity of love of learning. Hands-on learning experiences in practical life, sensorial, language, math and culture. Program participates in the Colorado Preschool Program.

Call: 719-836-2552


LAKE GEORGE CHARTER PRESCHOOL - 38874 US Hwy 24, Lake George

Ages & Hours: Ages 3 through 5 years, AM and PM sessions available. Developmentally appropriate curriculum, special education services, Scholarships available through Colorado Preschool Program & tuition preschool. Follows school year calendar. http://www.lakegeorgecharterschool.org/

Contact: Patty Moore 719-748-3911


COLORADO CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CCCAP) – 59865 US Hwy 285

Bailey, Co. 80421

This program can help qualifying families pay for child care. Serving all Park County.

Website: http://www.parkco.us/397/Public-Assistance-Programs

Call: 303-816-5939


Early Childhood Programs

 

CHILD FIND

Child find is a free community screening program for early identification of developmental delays for kids from birth to 5 years old. This includes speech/language skills, motor skills, cognitive and social-emotional development, and vision and hearing screenings.



PARENTS AS TEACHERS

Free child development program whose mission is to provide the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. PAT provides support from a child development expert at home or other location to be your child’s best first teacher. Website: http: http://www.parkparents.org/

South Park Coordinator: Carla Scholl 719-836-4416


Playgroup


GUFFEY PLAYGROUP - Guffey Community Library, 1625B PCR 102 Guffey

Description: Free program designed for children ages birth to 6 years old to attend with a parent or other adult that provides learning and play activities; meets on Wednesdays from 11:00am-12:30pm, September – May. For schedule info go to facebook page under events: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofguffeylibrary/

Call: Saren Samson 719-689-5691


FAIRPLAY PLAYGROUP – Edith Teter Preschool, 640 Hathaway St., Fairplay

Description: Free program that offers developmentally appropriate paytime, music, art, story time and snack. Open to any child 0-3 years with caregiver adult. No registration is needed, but we do ask that everyone pick one or the other day, participating on both days is not an available option. Meets twice per week during the school year. For more information Call: 719-836-4416


Youth Programs

 

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF SOUTH PARK- Fairplay - 360 9th St. / P.O. Box 2167 Fairplay Boys & Girls Club serves youth ages 6-18, specializing in character, leadership development, education, health and life skills. Sports, fitness, art and drama programs, after school and summer camp in Fairplay and Bailey. Website: http://www.bgcsp.org/

Call: 719-836-9019


GIRL SCOUTS - Bailey Troop 61187 or inquiry@gscolorado.org (to locate a troop)

Youth program whose goal is to develop leadership skills in girls aged 5-18 through hands-on, girl-led activities as they participate in local troops, camps, travel, or virtual on-line groups. Opportunity to discover girl’s personal best, connect with others, locally & globally and take action to make the world a better place. Program highlights include badges and awards, camps, crafts, community service, and friendship. Website: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org

EMAIL Troop Leaders:

GRADE 2nd-3rd: Troop 43950: LEADERS: Gretchen Panicucci (gretchenasher@hotmail.com) Kathleen Wilson (wilsonexcav@earthlink.net) and Carolyn Kasper (carolynkasper@hotmail.com)

GRADE Kindergarten-1st: Troop 43949: LEADERS: Kathleen Wilson is also a leader in this troop, Kerrie Lynn (kandplynn@hotmail.com), and Stephanie Carpenter

(destinysecho@yahoo.com)

Girl Scouts of Colorado 303-778-8774 or 1-877-404-5708


Park County Fairgrounds, Fairplay

Park County 4H serves youth ages 5-18 and works in conjunction with the Colorado State University Extension Service. 4H offers projects to enrich skills, meetings to encourage social development and participation within society, camps, conferences, trips and exchange programs. Website: www.parkcofair.com

Call: 719-836-4296



Financial
 

HUMAN SERVICE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS - 825 Clark St., Fairplay



      • FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - Helps qualified individuals/families buy food.
      • MEDICAID PROGRAM - Medical Assistance for individuals/families who qualify
      • COLORADO WORKS/TANF - Provides financial and employment support for low-income families.
      • ADULT FINANCIAL - Financial Assistance for low-income adults, including Old Age Pension, Aid to Needy Disabled, Aid to the Blind, Supplemental Security Income/Colorado Supplement (SSI/CS), and Long-Term Care.
      • COLORADO CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CCCAP) - Assistance with childcare costs for eligible families.
      • LOW-INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LEAP) - Assistance with Heat costs. Application period is from November 1 through April 30 each year. http://www.energyoutreach.org/

Call: 719-836-4139

Or: 866-432-8435

Food/Clothing/Shelter

 

TEFAP - TEMPORARY EMERGENCY FOOD ASSITANCE PROGRAM - 1575 Sherman

Street, 3rdFloor Denver, Colorado 80203

Description: Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance.

Call: 719-836-4139

Or: 888-467-0418


285 CORRIDOR ANGELS – Tiny Town to Fairplay

The purpose of our Angels is to help those in NEED. Concentrate on any one that is located on the 285 Corridor. Post needs online on the My Mountain Town 285 Angels Group or on facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1515917308652041/


FAIRPLAY ADVENTIST COMMUNITY FOOD BANK - 801 Costello Ave. Fairplay

Hours: 9am-12pm on the Monday following the second Friday of the month Government commodities and other foods; income and eligibility requirements. Call: 719-837-2254


HARRIS PARK BIBLE CHURCH - 2257 Shelton Rd. Bailey, CO 80421

Hours: Thursdays, Winter 3:30pm-5:30pm Summer 4pm-6pm

Food bank serves Park County residents & others, no income requirements, minimal paperwork, no appointments necessary.

Call: 303-838-1869


SOUTH PARK FOOD BANK - 530 Front St. Fairplay (entrance in rear of building)

Hours: 10am-1pm Saturday following the second Friday of the month

Wide variety of wholesome food including fresh produce provided to residents of South Park area; no income requirements but I.D. required for proof of residency.

Emergency services are available at other times by appointment. Website: http://www.soparkcc.org/community.html

Call for Appointment: 719-836-3781


WIC – Women, Infants, and Children - 825 Clark St., Fairplay

Ages served: birth to 5 years

WIC Program is a nutrition education and free food program. Provides breastfeeding education, health referrals, and supplemental food for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women as well as infants and children. Many working families qualify for WIC. Income requirements are higher than many other government programs Website: http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ps/wic/index.html

Fairplay 719-836-4161


PEACEWORKS – 60615 us hwy 285, Bailey

The Mountain Peace Shelter, providing short-term emergency shelter for women and children victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and other relationship violence. SafePets program to shelter resident pets and livestock.

Empowerment Services Program, offering advocacy, referrals, court accompaniment, empowerment education employment assistance, and other support services.

Call: 303-838-7176

24hr Hotline: 303-838-8181


VICTIM ASSISTANCE - Park County Sheriffs Office

The Park County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services Program works in conjunction with law enforcement deputies to respond to crime victims and family survivors in cases of crimes against persons and families affected by violent and sudden death. Victim advocates provide crisis intervention, information, follow-up support and referrals as required by the Colorado constitutional amendment for victim rights. The Victim Services staff also acts as a liaison between the criminal justice system and the victim. Website: http://www.parkco.us/154/Victim-Services

To reach a Victim Advocate 24/7 call the Non-Emergency Dispatch at 719-836-

4121, then press 5


Developmental/Health/Medical


ASPENPOINTE - 295 5th St Fairplay

Offers support services to assist the individual in recovery through a comprehensive whole-person approach. Counseling services include (but are not limited to): Individual Counseling, Family/Couples Counseling, Psychiatric Assessment, Medication Management, and Consultation and Referral Services.

AspenPointe is the designated Medicaid mental health provider for Park County with

offices in Fairplay and Bailey. There are no additional fees for Medicaid clients. Flexible appointments and times are available. Website: www.aspenpointe.org Call: 719-572-6100


THE RESOURCE EXCHANGE- Park County, El Paso, & Teller

  • EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT SCREENING

Description: Birth to 3 early childhood development evaluations. Areas that are evaluated are: Speech, coordination, social, and thinking skills. Families are given guidance, therapy and support to help promote their child’s development during their everyday routines. The program is provided at no cost to families. Website: http://www.tre.org/ and http://www.earlychildhoodconnections.org/

Contact: Hope Flansburg 303-816-0011

  • FAMILY SUPPORT - TRE is a nonprofit whose mission is to build independence for people with developmental disabilities. Their programs include Early Intervention, Family Support, Children’s Extensive Support, Supported Living Services, Comprehensive Services and Transportation. Please call for more information.

For age 3 and up contact: Kim Harris 719-687-5047


TIMBERLINE CLINIC - 980 Main St., Fairplay 719-836-3455


ST. ANTHONY BRECKENRIDGE COMMUNITY CLINIC EMERGENCY CENTER - located

in The Village at Breckenridge at the base of Peak 9

Our health care professionals specialize in emergency and urgent care, orthopedics and ski related injuries. The Flight For Life Colorado helicopter serves St. Anthony Breckenridge Community Clinic Emergency Center for severely injured or ill patients who may need immediate transport to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco or a Denver hospital. Website: https://www.stanthonymountainclinics.org

Call: 970-453-1010


PARK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES - 825 Clark St., Fairplay

Description: Free Immunizations for children (VFC) immunizations for adults, case management services for children and pregnant women on Medicaid. Case management services for children with special needs under the HCP program. WIC program- Women, Infant Children Program which provides supplemental food and nutrition education for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under the age of five. Pregnancy testing, breastfeeding education, health education programs and public health emergency preparedness planning. Website: http://www.parkco.us/86/Public-Health


NEED HEALTH INSURANCE FOR YOUR KIDS? Colorado Health Plan Plus (CHP+) provides insurance to Colorado’s uninsured children under 18 whose family meets income guidelines. Apply online:https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/hcpf/child-health-plan- plus

Libraries/Recreation


PARK COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES – General Info

Park County libraries provide services including Virtual Workforce Centers, business machines and internet access, book clubs, children’s story hours, summer reading programs, monthly Super Science Program and movies on Saturdays, community information, and volunteer opportunities. Website: parkcounty.colibraries.org

(Most libraries have facebook pages with current events listed)


FAIRPLAY PUBLIC LIBRARY – 418 Main St., P.O. Box 592, Fairplay, CO 80440

Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 - 5:00

Email: fairplaylib@parkco.us

Call: 719-836-2848

HARTSEL COMMUNITY LIBRARY - 86 Valley Rd., Hartsel

Hours: Tuesday, Thurs., Sun 1:00 – 4:00, Sat. 10:00 – 1:00

Call: 719-836-2745

GUFFEY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 1625b CR 102, Guffey

Hours: Mon, Tue, Wed & Sat, 11:00 – 4:00

Email: guffeylib@parkco.us

Call: 719-689-9280

LAKE GEORGE PUBLIC LIBRARY - 37900 Hwy 24, Lake George

Hours: Mon - Thurs 12:00 – 4:30, Sat 10:00 – 2:00 Call for summer hours

Email: lakegeorgelib@parkco.us

Call: 719-748-3812

FLORISSANT PUBLIC LIBRARY – 18172 CR1, Florissant

Hours: Mon, Wed - Fri 10:00 – 5:00, Sat 10:00 – 2:00

Website: http://rampart.colibraries.org Email: pollyr@rampartlibrarydistrict.org

Call: 719-748-3939


SOUTH PARK RECREATION CENTER - 1190 Bullet Rd. / P.O. Box 1075 Fairplay

Beach Entry Pool, Two Lap Lanes, Swim Lessons, Sauna, Fitness, Cardio Equipment, Machine Weights, Free Weights, Personal Trainers, Youth

Programs, Care, Party, Conference Facilities, CPR & First Aid Classes, BMX track, Skate Park and more. Website: www.southparkrec.org

Other Resources


PARK ALLIANCE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN (PAYC) P.O. Box 470 Alma, Co 80420

PAYC coordinates a group of parents and service providers whose mission is to better meet the needs of Park County’s young children and their families and to promote the creative utilization of existing resources and the development of additional resources. Areas of focus include health and fitness, coordinated screenings, parent support and education, and increased quality & availability of childcare and early education.

Contact: Carla Scholl 719-836-4416


TELLER/PARK EARLY CHILDHOOD COUNCIL (TPECC)

Early Childhood Councils across Colorado bring together dedicated partners from each of these service areas to coordinate, increase and improve the education, health, social/emotional, and parenting opportunities available to all young children and their families. Website: http://tellerparkecc.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Teller-Park-Early-Childhood-Council-103416776406848/

Call: 303-204-1795

Local Online Resources

Guffey News: Forum, blogs, more. Community announcements, local businesses, History & much more! Website: http://www.guffeynews.com/

Town of Fairplay: Events, road conditions, municipal code, etc. Website: http://fairplayco.us/

Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce: Community event and business information. http://www.bailey-colorado.org/

Park Parents: Many local resources and event information available to children and their families Website: http://www.parkparents.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParkParents/?fref=nf

Park County Fairgrounds: Events and concert information. Website: http://www.parkcofair.com/

South Park Heritage: Events, programs, outdoor recreation, lodging, camping, shopping, dining, etc. Website: http://www.southparkheritage.org/events

Teller/Park Early Childhood Council: Posts parenting resources and early childhood professional development workshops in the region. Website: http://tellerparkecc.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Teller-Park-Early-Childhood-Council-103416776406848/


THE RESOURCE EXCHANGE

[[PASTING TABLES IS NOT SUPPORTED]] This resource guide is produced by TRE – The Resource Exchange. Visit us online to see a list of all of our services. www.tre.org

If you are affiliated with any of these organizations and you find information that needs to be updated please call Nicol Randolph at 719-233-5873 or email the updated info to tre.nicol@gmail.com or call Sarah Bowman 303-868-3035 or email the updated info to payccoordinator@gmail.com

PLATTE CANYON RESOURCES


Childcare Centers/ Preschools

To search for LICENSED IN-HOME and CHILDCARE facilities in your neighborhood online please visit the Colorado Department of Human Services website to see all your options: http://www.colorado.gov/apps/cdhs/childcare/lookup/index.jsf


CHILD CARE INNOVATIONS

As a contracted partner of Qualistar Colorado, Child Care Innovations operates a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency to locate licensed childcare in your community, serving Park and seven additional counties. Website: http://www.rrcc.edu/child-care-innovations

Call: 1-877-338-2273


DEER CREEK PRESCHOOL - 1737 County Road 43 Bailey

Ages served: 3 – 6 years Hours: M – TH Full Day, AM or PM sessions, follows school year calendar

Description: Integrated preschool program for children 3 to 4 years old, special education services, and tuition slots. Colorado Preschool Program: Children may qualify for free preschool if their environment might affect later school success. Children may attend 2 or 4 days per week. Follows RE-1 school calendar.

Director: Marilyn Sturek 303-679-7594


MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF CONIFER - 25782 Vosler St., Conifer, CO 80433

Hours: M – F , 7 – 5:30 Year round half & full days

Description: Montessori curriculum. Website: http://www.montessoriconifer.com/

Call: 303-909-2931


COLORADO CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CCCAP) – 59865 US Hwy 285

Bailey, Co. 80421

This program can help qualifying families pay for child care. Serving all Park County.

Website: http://www.parkco.us/397/Public-Assistance-Programs

Call: 303-816-5939

Early Childhood Programs

 

MOUNTAIN RESOURCE CENTER -11030 Kitty DR. Conifer, CO

Classes vary from baby, toddler, music & motion, reading, parenting, and cooking programs. Visit the website or call for current programs and schedule. Website: http://www.mrcco.org/

Contact: 303-838-7552

CHILD FIND

Child find is a free community screening program for early identification of developmental delays for kids from birth to 5 years old. This includes speech/language skills, motor skills, cognitive and social-emotional development, and vision and hearing screenings.



PARENTS AS TEACHERS

Free child development program whose mission is to provide the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. PAT provides support from a child development expert at home or other location to be your child’s best first teacher. Website: http://www.mrcco.org/

South Park Coordinator: Carla Scholl 719-836-4416

Bailey Coordinator: 303-838-7552

Playgroup

 

BAILEY PLAYGROUP – Deer Creek Preschool 1737 Park County Road #43 Bailey, CO 80421

Ages served: Birth to 3

Description: The Bailey playgroup meets Fridays from 9:00am to 10:30am or 10:45am to 12:15 pm during the school year for typical and children with special needs. Free program offers music, art, story time, developmentally appropriate play and field trips. Website: www.tre.org

Linda Thomas - Playgroup Instructor 303-517-3416

MOPS Mothers of Preschoolers

 

BAILEY MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) – Platte Canyon Community Church, 4954 Co Rd 64, Bailey, CO 80421

Hours: Every 1st & 3rd Thurs from 9:15-11:30 Ages served: Infants through kindergarten

Description: Christian mothers outreach group with crafts, informative speakers with childcare and activities. Refreshments and snacks provided. Website: http://www.mops.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/BaileyCOMOPS

Contact the Church for current Coordinator: 303-838-4409

Youth Programs

 

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF SOUTH PARK- Bailey - 57093 US Highway 285, Rm 20, Bailey, 80421

Boys & Girls Club serves youth ages 6-18, specializing in character, leadership development, education, health and life skills. Sports, fitness, art and drama programs, after school and summer camp in Fairplay and Bailey. Website: http://www.bgcsp.org/

Call:

Fairplay 719-836-9019

Bailey 303-679-7475


GIRL SCOUTS - Bailey Troop 61187 or inquiry@gscolorado.org (to locate a troop)

Youth program whose goal is to develop leadership skills in girls aged 5-18 through hands-on, girl-led activities as they participate in local troops, camps, travel, or virtual on-line groups. Opportunity to discover girl’s personal best, connect with others, locally & globally and take action to make the world a better place. Program highlights include badges and awards, camps, crafts, community service, and friendship. Email troop leader Elizabeth Moore moore.ems@gmail.com Website: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org

Call: Elizabeth Moore 303-838-7703

Girl Scouts of Colorado 303-778-8774 or 1-877-404-5708


Park County Fairgrounds, Fairplay, CO 80440

Park County 4H serves youth ages 5-18 and works in conjunction with the Colorado State University Extension Service. 4H offers projects to enrich skills, meetings to encourage social development and participation within society, camps, conferences, trips and exchange programs. Website: www.parkcofair.com

Call: 719-836-4296


Financial

 

HUMAN SERVICE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS:


FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - Helps qualified individuals/families buy food.

      • MEDICAID PROGRAM - Medical Assistance for individuals/families who qualify
      • COLORADO WORKS/TANF - Provides financial and employment support for low-income families.
      • ADULT FINANCIAL - Financial Assistance for low-income adults, including Old Age Pension, Aid to Needy Disabled, Aid to the Blind, Supplemental Security Income/Colorado Supplement (SSI/CS), and Long-Term Care.
      • COLORADO CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CCCAP) - Assistance with childcare costs for eligible families.
      • LOW-INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LEAP) - Assistance with Heat costs. Application period is from November 1 through April 30 each year. http://www.energyoutreach.org/

Call: 303-816-5935

Or: 866-432-8435

Food/Clothing/Shelter

 

TEFAP - TEMPORARY EMERGENCY FOOD ASSITANCE PROGRAM - 1575 Sherman

Street, 3rdFloor Denver, Colorado 80203

Description: Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance.

Call: 303-866-2652

Or: 888-467-0418


285 CORRIDOR ANGELS – Tiny Town to Fairplay

The purpose of our Angels is to help those in NEED. Concentrate on any one that is located on the 285 Corridor. Post needs online on the My Mountain Town 285 Angels Group or on facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1515917308652041/


CLOTHES CLOSET CROW HILL BIBLE CHURCH - 63555 US Hwy 285 Bailey

Hours: second and fourth Saturdays of each month, 10am-12pm

Gently used clothing offered free to all. Donations accepted (must be clean and in good repair).

Call: 303-838-2259


HARRIS PARK BIBLE CHURCH - 2257 Shelton Rd. Bailey, CO 80421

Hours: Thursdays, Winter 3:30pm-5:30pm Summer 4pm-6pm

Food bank serves Park County residents & others, no income requirements, minimal paperwork, no appointments necessary.

Call: 303-838-1869


WIC – Women, Infants, and Children – 59865 HWY 285 Bailey, CO

Ages served: birth to 5 years

WIC Program is a nutrition education and free food program. Provides breastfeeding education, health referrals, and supplemental food for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women as well as infants and children. Many working families qualify for WIC. Income requirements are higher than many other government programs Website: http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ps/wic/index.html

Bailey 303-816-5974


PEACEWORKS – 60615 us hwy 285, Bailey

The Mountain Peace Shelter, providing short-term emergency shelter for women and children victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and other relationship violence. SafePets program to shelter resident pets and livestock.

Empowerment Services Program, offering advocacy, referrals, court accompaniment, empowerment education employment assistance, and other support services.

Call: 303-838-7176

24hr Hotline: 303-838-8181


MOUNTAIN RESOURCE CENTER (MRC) - 11030 Kitty Drive/ P.O. Box 425 Conifer, CO 80433

Community Support Services provides family development and emergency assistance for rent/mortgage, food, clothing, utilities, case management, health coverage assistance, and disaster relief. Website: www.mrcco.org

Call: 303-838-7552


VICTIM ASSISTANCE - Park County Sheriffs Office

The Park County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services Program works in conjunction with law enforcement deputies to respond to crime victims and family survivors in cases of crimes against persons and families affected by violent and sudden death. Victim advocates provide crisis intervention, information, follow-up support and referrals as required by the Colorado constitutional amendment for victim rights. The Victim Services staff also acts as a liaison between the criminal justice system and the victim. Website: http://www.parkco.us/154/Victim-Services

Bailey: 303-816-5912

To reach a Victim Advocate 24/7 call the Non-Emergency Dispatch at 719-836- 4121, then press 5

Developmental/Health/Medical

 

ASPENPOINTE - 460 County Rd 43A Bailey, CO 80421 and 295 5th St Fairplay, CO 80440 Offers support services to assist the individual in recovery through a comprehensive whole-person approach. Counseling services include (but are not limited to): Individual Counseling, Family/Couples Counseling, Psychiatric Assessment, Medication Management, and Consultation and Referral Services.

AspenPointe is the designated Medicaid mental health provider for Park County with offices in Fairplay and Bailey. There are no additional fees for Medicaid clients.

Flexible appointments and times are available. Website: www.aspenpointe.org Call: 719-572-6100


THE RESOURCE EXCHANGE- Park County, El Paso, & Teller

  • EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT SCREENING

Description: Birth to 3 early childhood development evaluations. Areas that are evaluated are: Speech, coordination, social, and thinking skills. Families are given guidance, therapy and support to help promote their child’s development during their everyday routines. The program is provided at no cost to families. Website: http://www.tre.org/ and http://www.earlychildhoodconnections.org/

Contact: Hope Flansburg 303-816-0011

  • FAMILY SUPPORT - TRE is a nonprofit whose mission is to build independence for people with developmental disabilities. Their programs include Early Intervention, Family Support, Children’s Extensive Support, Supported Living Services, Comprehensive Services and Transportation. Please call for more information.

For age 3 and up contact: Kim Harris 719-687-5047


CONIFER MEDICAL CENTER - 26659 Pleasant Park Rd. Conifer, Colorado 80433

Family Medicine is a specialty that provides comprehensive healthcare for every member of the family. Our doctors manage most acute, chronic or mental health conditions. We work closely with specialists to coordinate care of complex health issues. Website: http://www.conifermed.com/

Call: 303-647-5300


ASPEN PARK PEDIATRICS - 25797 Conifer Rd. Suite B110 Conifer, CO 80433

Offers an array of services, board certified in pediatric emergency medicine and general pediatrics located just off Highway 285 in the Aspen Park Village Shopping Center. Website: www.aspenparkpediatrics.com

Call: 303-838-3355


PARK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES - 59865 Hwy 285 Bailey, CO 80421

Description: Free Immunizations for children (VFC) immunizations for adults, case management services for children and pregnant women on Medicaid. Case management services for children with special needs under the HCP program. WIC program- Women, Infant Children Program which provides supplemental food and nutrition education for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under the age of five. Pregnancy testing, breastfeeding education, health education programs and public health emergency preparedness planning. Website: http://www.parkco.us/86/Public-Health

Call: 303-816-5970


NEED HEALTH INSURANCE FOR YOUR KIDS? Colorado Health Plan Plus (CHP+) provides insurance to Colorado’s uninsured children under 18 whose family meets

income guidelines. Apply online: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/hcpf/child-health-plan- plus

Libraries/Recreation

 

BAILEY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 350 Bulldogger, Bailey, CO 80421

Description: Recreational reading, resource info, story hour, summer reading programs, research, Internet, meeting/conference rooms, “friends” support group, book/craft clubs. Storytime is Tuesdays at 10:30. Email: baileylib@parkco.us Website: http://parkcounty.colibraries.org/bailey/

Call: 303-838-5539


MARGE E. HUDAK SWIMMING POOL - Platte Canyon High School 57393 Hwy 285 Bailey Program includes open swim, lap swim, aquacise, swim lessons, summer swim team, lifeguard training, parent –tot water exploration, gym & swim sessions and special classes such as Scuba, Snorkeling, Kayak, and Stroke Development Clinics. Pool is handicap accessible. The pool, adjoining gym, and party room are all available for private rental. Website: http://www.edline.net/pages/Platte_Canyon_1/Marge_E__Hudak_Pool

Call: 303-679-7457


Other Resources

 

PARK ALLIANCE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN (PAYC) P.O. Box 470 Alma, Co 80420

PAYC coordinates a group of parents and service providers whose mission is to better meet the needs of Park County’s young children and their families and to promote the creative utilization of existing resources and the development of additional resources. Areas of focus include health and fitness, coordinated screenings, parent support and education, and increased quality & availability of childcare and early education.

Contact: Carla Scholl 719-836-4416


TELLER/PARK EARLY CHILDHOOD COUNCIL (TPECC)

Early Childhood Councils across Colorado bring together dedicated partners from each of these service areas to coordinate, increase and improve the education, health, social/emotional, and parenting opportunities available to all young children and their families. Website: http://tellerparkecc.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Teller-Park-Early-Childhood-Council-103416776406848/

Call: 303-204-1795


THE MOUNTAIN RESOURCE CENTER – 11030 Kitty Dr. mailing: P.O. Box 425 Conifer, CO 80433

Description: To identify and advocate needed services for mountain area residents, and to bring institutions and individuals together to provide these programs via a local single point of entry. Family & crisis services, food help, youth, middle school

& high school programs, domestic violence group, Jefferson Public Health. Contact: Vicki Cowall 303-838-7552


WILDERNESS ON WHEELS - P.O. Box 1007 Wheat Ridge, CO 80034

Description: Wilderness On Wheels Foundation mission is to stimulate the development of access for disabled persons to natural outdoor

environments. W.O.W. is a nonprofit agency with no paid administrative staff. It's a charity where your participation is important and makes a significant difference.

Email: wildernessonwheels@gmail.com Website: http://www.wildernessonwheels.org/

Contact: 303-403-1110


Local Online Resources

 

My Mountain Town: Meet your neighbors: forums, blogs, more. Traffic webcams & local weather. Community Calendar, local businesses, sales, free classified ads.

Find your lost pet. Emergency Information & much more! Serving:

Morrison, Conifer, Evergreen, Pine, Bailey, Shawnee, Grant, & Fairplay Colorado.

Website: http://mymountaintown.com/


Macaroni Kid: Macaroni Kid is a hyper local e-newsletter & website featuring events, activities and places for parents and families in our beautiful mountain community. Every Thursday you will be updated with a newsletter filled with info on local events, happenings, giveaways, reviews, crafts, recipes and more. Website: http://evergreen.macaronikid.com/


Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce: Community event and business information. http://www.bailey-colorado.org/


Park Parents: Many local resources and event information available to children and their families Website: http://www.parkparents.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParkParents/?fref=nf


Pinecam: Blog for weather, HOA’s, businesses, community information etc. Website: http://www.pinecam.com/


Teller/Park Early Childhood Council: Posts parenting resources and early childhood professional development workshops in the region. Website: http://tellerparkecc.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Teller-Park-Early-Childhood-Council-103416776406848/


PUBLIC SCHOOLS


DEER CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

(303) 838-4888 1737 Park County Rd 43 Bailey, CO 80421

Principal: Paul Sandos Grades K-5


EDITH TETER ELEMENTARY

(719) 836-2949 640 Hathaway St. / P.O. Box 189 Fairplay, CO 80440

Principal: Cindy Bear   Grades K-5


GUFFEY COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL

(719) 689-2093 1459 Main St / P.O. Box 147 Guffey, CO 80820

Principal:   Grades K-8

Website: www.guffeyschool.org


FITZSIMMONS MIDDLE SCHOOL

(303) 838-7666 57093 Hwy 285 Bailey, CO 80421

Principal: Rim Watson Grades 6-8


LAKE GEORGE CHARTER SCHOOL

(719) 748-3911 38874 Hwy 24 / P.O. Box 420 Lake George, CO 80827

Principal: Pat Lewis Grades K-6

Website: www.lakegeorgecharterschool.org


PLATTE CANYON HIGH SCHOOL

(303) 836-4642 57243 Hwy 285 Bailey, CO 80421

Principal: Mike Schmidt Grades: 9-12


SOUTH PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL

(719) 836-4406 640 Hathaway St. / P.O. Box 189 Fairplay, CO 80440

Principal: Jane Newman Grades 6-8


SOUTH PARK HIGH SCHOOL

(719) 836-2006 640 Hathaway St. / P.O. Box 189 Fairplay, CO 80440

Principal: Jane Newman Grades 9-12


Platte Canyon School District RE-1 

(303) 836-7666 (719) 836- 3111

57393 Hwy 285 Bailey, CO 80421 

Superintendent: Dr. James Walpole

www.plattecanyonschools.org 


Park County School District RE-2

640 Hathaway St. /P.O. Box 189 Fairplay, CO

80440

Superintendent: Becky Minnis 
www.parkcountyre2.org



PRESCHOOLS


DEER CREEK PRESCHOOL

Director: Marilyn Sturek Phone: 303-679-7594

Address: 1737 County Road 43 Bailey, CO 80421

Hours: 9-11:45am or 1-3:45pm Ages Served: 3-5 years

Description: Integrated preschool program with special education services, at risk program, and tuition funded slots. Children may attend 2 or 4 days per week. Follows RE-1 school calendar.


BRISTLECONE MONTESSSORI SCHOOL

Director: Ruthann Sherrier Phone: 719-836-2552

Address: 272 N. Main St. / P.O. Box 236 Alma, Co. 80420

Hours: Preschool 9am-4pm or 1/2 day 9am-12pm; Elementary 8am-4pm

Before & After Care 7:30-9am & 4-5:30pm

Ages Served: 2 1/2 – 12 years

Description: Montessori preschool dedicated to nurturing a child’s natural curiosity and love of learning. Hands-on learning experiences in practical life, sensorial, language, math and culture. Program fosters the self-esteem, self-reliance, and self-discipline children need to thrive in the world. Program participates in Colorado Preschool Program.


EDITH TETER EARLY LEARNING CENTER: ETE PRESCHOOL

Director: Carla Scholl Phone: 719-836-4416

Address: 640 Hathaway St. / P.O. Box 189 Fairplay, CO 80440

Hours & Ages Served: Ages 2 ½ to 5 1-4 half or full day sessions per week depending upon age

Description: Half-day classes proven to increase learning and skills, developmentally appropriate learning activities, creative arts, large muscle movement, nutritious snacks, story time, music, dramatic play, field trips, speech and motor therapy, hearing and vision screening. Colorado Preschool Program and other scholarships are available. Follows Park County RE-2 school calendar.


LAKE GEORGE ELEMENTARY PRESCHOOL

Director: Patty Moore Phone: 719-748-3911

Address: 37888 U.S. Hwy. 24 Lake George, CO 80827

Hours & Ages Served: Ages 3-4 M,T &W 8am-11:20am, Ages 4-5 T,W&Th 12:30pm-4pm

Preschool program with Art, Music and PE classes, speech therapy, participates in Colorado Preschool Program and accepts children with special needs. Follows school calendar.


FAMILY CHILD CARE HOMES

PAMELA DiRUBBO – PAM’S POOH CORNER

Pine, CO Phone: 303-838-4803

Hours: 7am-5:30pm flex 6am-6pm M-F Ages served: 0-12, no before & after school

Description: Infants welcome, educational toys and creative play, music, drama and crafts room for preschoolers.


SHARON EYRE – BEEYOND THE ORDINARY CHILD CARE

Bailey, CO Phone: 303-838-7881

Hours: 6:30am-6pm M-F Ages Served: 0-12

Description: Preschool activities, field trips, art projects, large outdoor play area, nature walks and crafts, food program, accepts CCCAP, and Expanding Quality in Infant /Toddler trained.


LYDIA HAYES-RUMBAUGH – BEGINNINGS FAMILY CHILD CARE

Pine, CO Phone: 303-838-2494

Hours: 6am-6pm M-F Ages Served: 0-12

Description: Educational & nurturing atmosphere, preschool program, nutritious home cooked meals, pickup/drop off from DCES Preschool, located on bus routes for DCES and Elk Creek Elementary, food program, accepts CCCAP, and Expanding Quality in Infant/Toddler trained.


TIFFANY HUNTLEY

Bailey, CO Phone: 303-816-1436 / 720-284-1006

Hours: 6am-6pm M-F Ages Served: 0-12

Description: Preschool activities in a home environment, participates in food program, pickup from DCES preschool available.


VIRGINIA LEAMAN – VIRGINIA’S DAYCARE

Bailey, CO Phone: 303-838-2432

Hours: 6am-6:30pm M-F Ages served: 0-12

Description: Interactive program with art, reading and large outdoor play area, nutritious meals, accepts CCCAP, flexible schedules arranged, no charge for holidays, and Expanding Quality for Infant/ Toddler trained.


JULIE NELSON – ALOHA CHILD CARE

Bailey, CO Phone: 303-775-5980

Hours: 7am-5pm M-TH Ages Served: 0-12

Description: Educational activities, crafts, music, Christian philosophy, preschool teacher experience, food program, accepts CCCAP, and Occupational Therapist comfortable with special

needs children.


MARIA NOWLIN – STEP by STEP HOME DAYCARE

Shawnee, CO Phone: 303-351-8304

Hours: 6am-5:30pm M-F Ages Served: 12 months -13 years

Description: Drop-in preschool and nursery


SUNNY POOL – PUMPKIN PATCH KIDS

Fairplay, CO Phone: 719-836-7007

Hours: 7am-5:30pm M-Th Ages Served: 0-12

Description: Preschool & outdoor activities; field trips to library, park, and recreation center, nutritious meals, evening and weekend hours with prior arrangement, accepts CCCAP.


DIANNE SMITH – DIANNE SMITH’S DAYCARE

Bailey, CO Phone: 303-838-4589

Hours: 6am-6pm M-Sat Ages Served: 0-12

Description: Full or part time care in a homelike environment with nutritious meals, accepts CCCAP.


CRYSTAL SUBLETTE – LITTLE FRIENDS CHILD CARE

Bailey, CO Phone: 303-838-8104

Hours: 6am-6pm M-F Ages Served: 0-6

Description: Preschool activities, music, exercise through dance and movement, arts & crafts, nutritious meals, and Expanding Quality in Infant/Toddler trained.


LINDA WALSH – TEDDIE BEAR KIDDIE CARE

Lake George, CO Phone: 719-748-1375

Hours: 7:30am-6:00pm (flexible) Ages Served: 18 months – 5 years

Description: Meals, snacks, arts and crafts, toys, books, and fun themed, learning activities such as singing, learning the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, and nature are provided. Offers quality care at an affordable price.


PLAY GROUPS


BAILEY PLAYGROUP for children birth through 4 years to attend with their caregivers; meets on Friday mornings or afternoons during the school year at Deer Creek Elementary Preschool. Activities include singing, crafts, stories, instrument playing, free play and occasional field trips. For information, contact Kelly Bunnell 720-775-8188 Email: imgr8ful@gmail.com


FAIRPLAY INFANT/TODDLER PLAYGROUP free weekly group that includes projects, snacks, and stories for children birth to age three and their caregivers; meets at the Edith Teter Preschool twice per week during the school year. For information and current schedule, call the preschool at (719) 836-4416.


GUFFEY PLAYGROUP free program designed for children ages birth to 6 years old to attend with a parent or other adult that provides learning and play activities; meets on Tuesdays from1:30-4pm during the school year from September to May at the Guffey Community Charter School 1459 Main St Guffey, CO 80820. For information, call the school at (719) 689-2093.

Need Help Finding Child Care?

Working Your Way Through the Childcare maze
(info from Qualistar Guide for Parents)
Child Care Centers and Preschools                                            
What is it?                                                                                                  
Care is provided in a setting similar to school where                    
there may be many classrooms, and children are                          
usually grouped by age.  Child Care Centers and                         
Preschools are regulated by the Colorado                                   
Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care.              
                                                                                                  

Pros                                                                                           
-Last minute closers due to provider illness is unlikely                   
-Frequently offers a child development or preschool                     
curriculum                                                                                   
-Facility is inspected for health, safety and fire code                     
compliance

Cons                                                                                          
-High turnover of staff can be common                                        
-Some children may not adapt well to large group settings              
-Usually does not have flexible schedule                                      

Family Home Child Care
What is it?                  
Your child is cared for in a home (not a relative's)
that has been licensed
by the state to provide child
care.  Family Home Child Care is regulated by the
Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of
Child Care and must meet different licensing requirements
depending on the type of the facility.

Pros
-Allows you to choose the individual who will care for your child
-Smaller group of children in a home-like environment
-May offer flexible hours
-May include a child development or preschool curriculum

Cons
-When individual is sick or on vacation, other plans for care
  will need to be made
-A single adult is usually alone with a group of children
CHILDCARE RESOURCES
Child Care Assistance Program 
Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP)
The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) provides day
care financial assistance to families who qualify.
Fairplay Office
295 5th Street
Fairplay, CO  80440
Ph: (719)836-4139
Bailey Office
59865 U.S. Hwy. 285
Bailey, CO  80421
Ph: (303) 816-5939

Hours
Monday - Thursday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Child Care Innovations 

Child Care Innovations is a contracted partner of Qualistar Early Learning, Child Care Innovations operates a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, serving Park and 7 additional counties.

Website: http://www.rrcc.edu/childcareinnovations

Website: www.qualistar.org

Call: 1-877-338-CARE

 

To view complaints made about licensed childcare through the Colorado Department of Human Services, go the their website and input your location of interest.

Website: https://gateway.cdhs.state.co.us/cccls/PublicFileReview.aspx

Licencing Ratios

 School
Age
Children
Children
Under
age of 2
Max #
of
Children
6+2 License
2
2
8
3 under2
License
0
3
6
Infant/Toddler
License
0
3
(under 1
year)
4
Large Family Home
License
up to 122
12
(with 2 providers
present
Experienced
Child Care
Provider
Many options included in this license.  All will be listed on the providers license. 
Max # of children in care range from 7-9
  
Questions to ask Child Care Provider

1.  Is this program licensed by the sate?
2.  Do you have a Qualistar Rating?
3.  Is this program accredited by a nationally recognized organization such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children?
4.  What are the hours you are open?  Are you flexible with those hours.  Are there additional charges for late pick up?
5.  What days are you closed for holidays, vacations or staff training?
6.  What is the age range of the children in your care?
7.  How many children are in each classroom or in your home?
8.  What is the provider to child ratio?
9.  How long have you and the other providers been here?
10.  Can I have a copy of your policies or parent handbook?
11.  How will my child spend their day?  Tell me about their typical schedule.
12.  Tell me about your philosophy regarding caring for children?
13.  Do you have a contract and policy statement that I need to sign?
14.  What kinds of training has the staff had?  Are you First Aid and CPR certified?
15.  May I have a list of current parents I can contact for feedback on your program?
16.  What procedures do you have in place when a medical emergency occurs?
17.  What kind of education do the providers have?  What additional educational opportunities are the providers given?
18.  What kind of daily communication can I expect from you?
19.  Are there opportunities for me to participate or be involved in the program?
20.  Do you go on field trips?  Who drives?  Do you have car seats?
21.  How do you deal with behavior problems and discipline?
22.  How do you involve children with special needs?

During your interview ask questions regarding the provider's style and your style of discipline and procedures you are currently
working on at home.  An example of this would be, how is potty training handled while in the provider's care?  Are you comfortable
with that style, can it be one that is adapted both at home and in the child care setting?

If you are a child care provider in Park County and would like to be added to this list of providers or to update, add, or remove any information on this page please contact Natalie Hermansen at nfairplay@aol.com or call 836-4416

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