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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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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.

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.

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

Prepared to Learn Initiative

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Families

Description

In January 2015 we launched our Prepared to Learn Initiative. Working with our local school districts and other programs serving families we are developing a variety of strategies to ensure that every child is "prepared to learn" by school entry. Our first key activity is launching the evidence based Ready! for Kindergarten program for families.

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