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Colorado Child Care Program Assistance Expansion - please apply for the waitlist

Are you a family of four making $3,239 as your gross monthly income or less? This is 165% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines which are the new income guidelines for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program under House Bill 1317. The Routt County Department of Human Services is accepting applications for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program wait list. In order to be able to start serving families up to 165% of the Federal Poverty Guideline we need to find out the need. Please see the…See More
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First Impressions Annual Candidates Forum - September 24

Please join First Impressions on September 24 from 11:30-1:00 for our Annual Candidates Forum in the County Commissioners Hearing Room (522 Lincoln Avenue, Historic Routt County Courthouse, 3rd floor). We will hear from candidates on where they stand on issues facing families with young children.See More
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Colorado Child Care Program Assistance Expansion - please apply for the waitlist

Posted by Stephanie Martin on September 9, 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Are you a family of four making $3,239 as your gross monthly income or less? This is 165% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines which are the new income guidelines for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program under House Bill 1317. The Routt County Department of Human Services is accepting applications for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program wait list. In order to be able to start serving families up to 165% of the Federal Poverty Guideline we need to find out the need. Please see the…

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First Impressions Annual Candidates Forum - September 24

Posted by Stephanie Martin on September 4, 2014 at 10:18am 0 Comments

Please join First Impressions on September 24 from 11:30-1:00 for our Annual Candidates Forum in the County Commissioners Hearing Room (522 Lincoln Avenue, Historic Routt County Courthouse, 3rd floor). We will hear from candidates on where they stand on issues facing families with young children.

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

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

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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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