EVICS exists to support and promote quality early childhood services, and provide parent education, so that all young children in the Estes Valley have the care, support and opportunities necessary to grow, learn and succeed.
Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) became an official nonprofit in 2005. It was created through grassroots volunteer advocacy by community members concerned by the limited and dwindling supply of services for young children in the Estes Valley, particularly for low-income families. A partnership with the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County (ECCLC) and grant funding from the Town of Estes Park allowed us to begin providing support and resources to licensed early childhood care providers and parents. In 2006, we opened an office, hired a director, and launched a unique local scholarship program, providing assistance to qualifying low-income families for access to licensed child care and education programs. In 2011, EVICS added a Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program with start-up funding from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, later supplemented with additional grants and donations.
"I would like to thank the EVICS program which has given me support with scholarships for my child to attend childcare. This has helped me be able to afford the cost of childcare, which I could not do on my own, and be able to have my child in a safe environment where he is learning. I know many families in this community that have been helped by EVICS and I am very thankful."
"Living in Colorado, far away from family, is difficult. We enrolled in PAT while pregnant with our first child and gained the support we were looking for as first time parents. We discussed moving closer to home and planned on doing that, but continued to receive our monthly PAT visits and attend EVICS community events. We have decided recently we will not be moving because we do not want to lose the wonderful support of PAT and EVICS! We don't believe our hometown city will support us in the way EVICS does!"