Grand Beginnings

The vision of Grand Beginnings is that Grand County is a community that values the health and development of young children, their families, and the professionals who work in early childhood.

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Meeting Milestones Initiative

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Children (3 -12 years)
Parents
Teachers

Description

Grand Beginnings promotes child health and development by building systems that coordinate universal developmental and preventive (including oral health, vision, and hearing) health screenings, community roadmaps for screening/referral/follow-up, messages on child health/development, and advocacy focusing on child health issues. This program continues to see success with 70% - 90% of children aged 5 and under being reached through a universal and comprehensive screening, referral, and follow up program, Meeting Milestones Initiative (MMI).

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Early Childhood Mental Health Supports

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Families
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Children (3 -12 years)
Parents
Teachers

Description

Early Childhood Mental Health focuses on opportunities to support families and their early learning environments to promote social-emotional competence through evidence-based models including Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and the Pyramid Model. Grand Beginnings is excited to be going into the fifth year with an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant on staff who has provided clinical support to early childhood programs, individual families, and specific children to improve early childhood mental health outcomes.

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Professional Development Scholarships

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Teachers

Description

This program supports the early care and education professionals and their programs, which ensures young children in our communities have high quality early care and education environments with well-prepared professionals supporting their early learning, which in turn ensures they are ready for school!

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Evidence of Program's Success

To date, these scholarships have supported over 100 early childhood professionals and provided nearly 1000 hours of ongoing training. This funding has also resulted in early-childhood professionals receiving their director qualifications as well as opening a new child care center to increase the number of slots available for children.

Community Tuition Assistance Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Families
Female Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Male Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

Provide tuition scholarships to early care and education programs to support families meeting self sufficiency levels and ensure all children have access to quality, licensed child care or preschool.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Increased demand, children enter kindergarten prepared to learn

Child Care Resource and Referral

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Children birth to age 3
Families

Description

Providing support, technical assistance to child care providers and referral information to families, including providing support for providers with the new Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Increased number of licensed slots between FY 14 and FY 15 by 34 slots.

Family Education and Engagement

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Families
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Children (3 -12 years)
Parents

Description

Family engagement includes parenting classes aligned with the Pyramid Plus Approach, Incredible Years, the Ready! for Kindergarten curriculum, and Pop-Up/Drive thru Playgroups. The Community Tuition Assistance Program also supports family success and early learning by ensuring equitable access to early care and education programs for all children, especially children in low-wage earning, working families. In addition, we work with other community partners and families to address issues of child care access and affordability and inform the community on child care licensing and the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program.

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Evidence of Program's Success

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