Children (4-12 years)
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
The program is an educational opportunity designed to promote parent/caregiver interaction at home and to help monitor developmental milestones in children ages 0-8. The program offers a variety of totes or backpacks to be checked out to use at home. The Fun Totes are for ages 0-8 and offer a variety of categories to choose from such as: science, math, reading, social emotional, dramatic play, healthy living and more. Participating Tote Locations include: Limon Memorial Library, Lincoln County Bookmobile. Hugo Public Library, Kiowa County Public Library, Cheyenne Wells Public Library, Kit Carson Public School, Plainview School, Cheyenne Wells Preschool, Limon Child Development Center, Baby Bear Hugs, and Nurse Family Partnership.
The Fun Tote Program is evaluated through a parent/caregiver survey. From September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019 385 totes were checked out between the three counties. As a result, 65 surveys were collected showing that 90% of caregivers reported increased one on one interaction with a child and 60% reported seeing a change in development of a skill. The survey is the evaluation tool for the program and provides feedback from parents regarding changes in development, if the children enjoyed the materials provided, and if improvements or changes need made.