Through education, resource networking and positive relationship building, we form respectful, productive family partnerships that create thriving, empowered individuals who are self-reliant and who envision a hopeful future for themselves, their families and their communities.
The La Plata Family Centers Coalition (LPFCC) began in 1984 as a Mother's Center, located in Durango, Colorado, where mothers and their children met for support and socialization. In 1993, the Mother's Center transformed into the Parents Center after a statewide initiative and funding resources shifted to include parents. During that reorganization, the Parents Center expanded to sites in Bayfield, Ignacio, and Fort Lewis Mesa. To include all sites, the name changed to La Plata Family Centers Coalition. In 2014, LPFCC expanded the Access to Healthcare Program into Archuleta County and began co-locating staff at the La Plata Department of Human Services.
In 2015, LPFCC expanded again into Archuleta County with the Colorado Community Response (CCR) program. In addition, LPFCC houses a Family Navigator within the Department of Human Services in Archuleta County who provides Family Support Services (FSS). In 2017, LPFCC expanded the Colorado Community Response (CCR) to La Plata and San Juan Counties in partnership with the La Plata County Department of Human Services. In mid-2017, in an effort to better support families, LPFCC relocated to within a block from La Plata Department of Human Services, and the Early Childhood Council (ECC).
-Bayfield Afterschool and Summer Enrichment Program: Families are stronger when they are more financially secure. The ability and relief to have safe and affordable child care available allows parents to provide for their families. Children who are given a safe and engaging space while their parents work do better in school and at home. The Afterschool & Summer Enrichment offers low-cost after school and summer child care and includes evidenced-based program, tutoring, and homework assistance.
-Early Childhood Education Program: Raising children is hard. It can be even harder when you have other barriers such as lack of education, poverty and other stressors in a parent's life. Our Early Education program enhances a parent's knowledge and resilience by offering three different programs for direct services to parents.
-Our Parents as Teachers program teaches parents to become the main educator in their child's life.
-Our Bright by Three program works to take advantage of those early years when a child's development is most important to learning life-long skills that will increase a child's chances of success later in life. And our parenting groups, and classes, offer opportunities for parents to learn new skills (through Love and Logic classes), and for parents in the community to find other parents to learn from, and to bond with through Foster parent night out events, and Group Connections.
-Family Support Services Program: Our Family Support Services address a wide variety of issues. Families often come to us in crisis; food insecurity, stress in raising children, a need for safety and direction. We provide an ongoing food pantry, a baby supply bank, some limited emergency funds and gift cards. We provide direct services such as enrollment in health coverage, strengthening parenting skills, diversion program to prevent state intervention in Child Protection Services (Colorado Community Response), resource and community referrals.
About The Center in General:
-This and all programs at this location are god sent. They have helped me and my family in my moment of need. Could not be anymore grateful! Thank you!
-Loved the program and appreciated the help.
-I am deeply grateful for this program. We could not have made the progress we did without the report we received.
-Very resourceful program. Thank you for your service
-Thank you Family Center. You have blessed my family over the years many, many times.
-I thank God for the La Plata Family Center. They're very helpful.
-This program is a greatly valued asset to this community!
-Ponen mucha attencion acerca de calquier necesidad.
Love this place, you all have been a great help! (Heart symbol)
Bayfield Family Center:
-Both my children have come to this center. If it was not for this center I could not work during the summer months. I really feel thankful to them all that work at Bayfield Community Center. Thank you!
-Absolutely love the staff at Bayfield Family Center.
-I appreciate Miss. Meredith so much. She is so helpful and willing to work with out family. I only have to mention that Miss Meredith is going to be at the school waiting for my child to get her up and ready to come to the center. I don't know what we would do without the center and Miss Meredith.
-I love this program and my wife and I would not be able to work without it. If we both wouldn't be able to work, we would not be able to make our bills. This program is so important to us and many different families!
Family Support Services:
-I am very happy with this program and the support for whatever needs we have.
-The [FSS] program was outstanding-really helped me in crisis.
Colorado Community Response:
-Loved the program and appreciate the help
-Anne is amazing and always makes sure my gamily is taken care of.
-I am not accustomed to ask or receive anything. When I moved here from Idaho with no family, I had to learn to ask for help, and I was turned down many times. I can't begin to express how grateful I am for the money that was given to me towards snow tires. Especially now that it has snowed so much. I know that if this organization did not provide for me, I would not be able to get to work. Having Anne work with me has been the greatest asset. Thank you.
-This program and La Plata Family Services in general have been so very wonderful in helping all of our needs always going above and beyond what I'm even aware that we need. Thanks so very much.
-CCR and family center have been a blessing to our family. I urge all my friends to come in.
Love & Logic Parenting Classes:
-We have really enjoyed those lessons and our teacher.
-I loved it. I can now be a great parent.
-Great idea to feed us-thank you.
-This class is amazing!