Family Services and Education
Often families look for assistance and services that are offered at no cost or very low cost. You will find many programs that adapt to your particular needs.
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Home Visitation Programs
Do you need support at home with your parenting skills? There are several Home Visitation programs in Adams County that can assist you in figuring out the best way to raise your children. To download our Home Visitation Poster with contact information of every program, click here: ECPAC_HomeVisitation_FINAL Revised.
- Nurse Family Partnership (NFP): first-time parents can receive in-home visits with a nurse about every other week who monitors child development and helps parents learn skills for healthy pregnancy and positive parenting.
- Tri-County Health Department NFP Program: 303-255-6246
- Centura Health NFP Program : 303-269-2960
- See more at: http://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/#sthash.SkQXUptw.dpuf
- Parents as Teachers (PAT): This home-based parent education program is serving more than 300 kids in Adams County. Certified Parent Educators share information with parents on child development, learning, and health. Works with families with children prenatal through 5 years old. Growing Home’s PAT program was recognized as one of the top three PAT programs in the world when it was awarded the prestigious LOSOS Prize for Excellence in 2012.
- Call: (720)407-0226 (Growing Home)
- Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY): An evidence-based parent involvement, school readiness program that helps parents prepare their 3, 4, and 5 year old children for success in school and beyond. HIPPY is a peer-delivered model where trained home visitors provide weekly home visits, working one-on-one with parents of preschool aged children. In addition to weekly home visits, the program provides monthly group meetings.
- Contact Beth Cochran at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
- Safe Care: An evidence-based program offering in-home services that support, mentor, and empower families in understanding the health, development and safety needs of their young children (geared for children 0-5 years of age).
- Call 720-492-9086 or email email@example.com
- Bright By Three (formerly known as Bright Beginnings) – trained home visitors meet with parents and other caregivers and provide a three-step program to support healthy child development during the critical first three years of life. Bright By Three’s program materials are research-based and include books, learning games, information on child health, development and care, adult-child reading materials, as well as information on language development, early literacy and providing positive guidance and discipline. Bright By Three program materials are completely free and universally available to any parent or other caregiver who cares for a child 0-36 months.
- If you wish to obtain the materials please contact Rebeca at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://brightbythree.org/program/
- Bright By Text – free tips by text for parents and caregivers of children age 0-5 years of age. Enrollment is fast and easy: text BRIGHT to 274448. Bright By Text messages are targeted to the age and developmental stage of a child and include learning games, health, safety and development information, as well as local resources. www.brightbythree.org/bright-by-text
ECPAC is supporting parenting classes year-round through our partner agencies in Adams County. Here is a flyer with all the programs to deliver for the fall – winter 2017: ECPAC Parenting Classes Groups Flyer
- Mobilizing Families: educational and networking opportunity for parents of children with developmental concerns/delays.
- Stay tuned; this series will be back in Spring 2018
- Incredible Years: Based on 30 years of research, The Incredible Years is a training for parents that helps to reduce challenging behaviors and increase social-emotional learning and self-control skills in children,
- The next class will be at the Early Childhood Center (Gregory Hill school in Westminster) starting Thursday January 18th at 5pm. For registration contact Dolores Ramirez at email@example.com.
- Early Literacy: With these classes you will learn strategies for encouraging: Early literacy/reading skills in children who are learning two languages, social-emotional literacy in young children, early learning through storytelling, young children’s cultural identity and relationships that promote early language and literacy development. Developing these skills prior to kindergarten has been shown to lead to successful school experiences. We deliver 2 curricula: Cradling Literacy and Read With Me, plus other supplementary materials.
- The “Read With Me” program provides children ages 12 months through 8 years with a strong foundation for literacy by helping them develop early reading skills through quality interaction with adults. Interactions are created through shared reading experiences using specific, empirically-proven, interactive reading strategies that create opportunities to read with children – rather than simply to them.
- Motheread/Fatheread Colorado: This nationally recognized course uses children’s books, adult poems and narratives to help parents encourage essential literacy skills like: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Using the context of their daily lives, parents learn how they can help their children learn to read. These 10 sessions will also help you build stronger bonds with your child as you share reading time.
- Next class starts Jan 31st! Flyer here: Motheread / Fatheread Spring 2018
- How to Read Your Baby (aka: Partners In Parenting Education or PIPE): these classes for parents of young children 0 to 3 will establish an enhanced sense of attachment between parents and children. Classes also include a focus on self-care, early literacy, and how to encourage play, language development, and boundaries.
- Next class starts March 30th! Flyer can be found here: How To Read Your Baby
- Powerful Tools for Caregivers: In this program, grandparents learn to take care of themselves, so that they are well to take care of others. During the 6 weeks, grandparents learn self-care, communication skills and stress management tools and strategies for their personal wellbeing.
- We will post upcoming classes soon.
- Love and Logic: Class to support parenting of children of all ages. Stay tuned.
- Seedlings: Parents of children 0-18 months old and pregnant moms will nurture the seeds of hope, strength, knowledge and love within themselves and each other as each family prepares to nurture a new child. Next series of 10 classes to start Feb 1st. Flyer here: Seedlings English Flyer Winter 2017
- The Center for Career and Community Enrichment: Classes and workshops: GED classes, financial literacy, parenting, healthy relationships, anger management, health and wellness, communication, foreclosure prevention, rent and utility assistance, home ownership. Individual one-on-one services: housing counseling, credit report review and repair, job skills and job search, income tax preparation, legal services, access to PEAK benefits, guided referrals to human services agencies.
- New location at Regis Square (5115 Federal Blvd., Unit 28); firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshops and Activities for Caregivers
- Westminster Public Libraries has a number of ongoing classes/clubs for adults including “Crafting Group,” “Speak English Conversation Groups,” “Spanish Conversation Club,” “Job Hunt Help,” and “Citizen Preparation Classes.” For the most updated dates/times visit the website: http://www.ci.westminster.co.us/Libraries/Programs/Adults.aspx#ongoing
- Free computer classes are also available and are offered in English and Spanish: http://www.ci.westminster.co.us/Libraries/Programs/FreeComputerClasses.aspx
- The Center for Career and Community Enrichment (3CE) offers a variety of classes, workshops, and one-on-one services. http://my3ce.org/
- Anythink Libraries has a variety of classes and clubs for adults, including “Mindfulness,” “Tech Help Drop-Ins,” “Legal Self-Help,” and “Computer and Internet Basics.” For the most updated dates/times, visit the website: https://www.anythinklibraries.org/events
- Next Chapter Book Club is a community-based literacy program for people with developmental disabilities. All are welcome, regardless of reading ability. https://www.anythinklibraries.org/events/next-chapter-book-club-1
- Adult Education Programs: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeadult/aefldirectory
- Mama Talk – A Support Group for New and Expecting Moms (English & Spanish groups): English-Speaking Group; Spanish-Speaking Group
- Coffee and Conversation: an informal monthly gathering to discuss and share information related to children with special needs.
- Mommy Mingle – A place to connect with other moms that is led by lactation specialists and other medical professionals. Sign up here: https://events.membersolutions.com/em_list.asp?ID=em1036&item=54517&s=event_manager#eventDetail or call 303-498-1481.
- Friends & Family Support Group – A group of families, friends, and individuals whose lives are touched by mental illness. Meets on the last Wednesday of every month from 7:00-9:00PM. Call 303-853-3770 or email Sheryl Bain at email@example.com for more information.
- Families First – Support Group for Parents and Caregivers (English & Spanish groups, children’s group offered at participating locations) http://www.familiesfirstcolorado.org/circlegroup.html
- EMPOWER Colorado – Parent Support Groups (dinner and childcare provided) Call 1-866-213-4631, http://www.abilityconnectioncolorado.org/empowercolorado/
- Parent to Parent of Colorado (parent support, disability specific resources) – http://www.p2p-co.org/
- Uniquely Ours – A Support Group for Families who have Children with Special Needs. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Catholic Charities of Denver – Kinship Care Support Groups (English & Spanish groups) http://cokinship.org/county/21-adams-county.html
Keeping Kids Safe
“Smart Choices, Safe Kids” – This program is intended to support families and empower communities to keep all kids safe. Visit their website for more information: smartchoicessafekids.org