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January 30 Parenting and Pizza Session

First Impressions of Routt County presents a Parenting and Pizza Session for parents of children ages birth to eight  Mindfulness Tools to Create Happy Families: A Special Talk for Parenting in the Early YearsBy Kristen Race, PhD Rooted in the science of the brain, and integrating cognitive neuroscience and child development, Dr. Race speaks directly to today’s busy families who make up what Dr. Race calls “Generation Stress.” Research has shown that mindfulness practices stimulate the…See More
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January 30 Parenting and Pizza Session

Posted by Stephanie Martin on January 14, 2014 at 7:27pm 0 Comments

First Impressions of Routt County presents a Parenting and Pizza Session for parents of children ages birth to…

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Nov 14 Parenting and Pizza Night

Posted by Stephanie Martin on November 6, 2013 at 12:16pm 0 Comments

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Today's Students are Tomorrow's Workers

Posted by Sheila Weekly on June 21, 2013 at 1:19pm 0 Comments

 “Our problems would be fixable if only we could agree that the protection and healthy development of this country’s children is not only a humanitarian and moral imperative, but also an economic and cultural one: today’s students are tomorrow’s workers.”  This article is an interesting hypothetical on the future and our children and what could very well be true of today's Society.…

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Contact information:

613 Oak Street/P.O. Box 772790
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Phone: 970-870-5270
Fax: 970-870-5260
E-Mail: firstimpressions@co.routt.co.us

Our Mission is that First Impressions of Routt County works to ensure that young children will be provided adequate resources and quality programs to promote healthy development and school readiness.

Our Vision is that The First Impressions Council strengthens the community’s collaborative web of resources where children and families experience dignity and a sense of belonging.

With 90% of brain development occurring before the age of 5, it is critical to have kids ready to learn when they enter Kindergarten. The First Impressions Early Childhood Council is a coalition of leaders across Routt County representing families, government, businesses, early education, health, mental health and family support services who are committed to working together on behalf of our youngest children. It is through this collective impact that First Impressions helps connect the dots for parents and early childhood teachers and acts as the funding mechanism to streamline and build resources that benefit families with young children.

The First Impressions Best Practices Program supports early childhood care and education programs and providers with the following:

  • Accountability tools such as National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation or an Environmental Rating Scale assessment tool
  • Professional development through college credit classes
  • Child assessments via Results Matter and Ages and Stages Questionnaire
  • Program improvements via mini-grants
  • Ongoing mentoring and coaching provided through the Family Development Center in partnership with the Child Care Network
  • First Impressions Early Childhood Care and Education Scholarship Program
  • Social, emotional development programming
  • Colorado Child Care Assistance Program Tired Reimbursement
  • Colorado Preschool Program
  • Parent education opportunities

Please see the First Impressions 2012 Annual Report for more information and check out the First Impressions Smart Start video: http://firstimpressionsofrouttcounty.org/video/first-impressions-investing-in-the-first-five-years

 

 
 
 

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