Colorado Shines

Colorado Shines is a quality rating and improvement system that monitors and supports early learning programs. Its primary functions are to help participating programs and professionals improve their quality through assessment, training and tools, and to connect Colorado families with quality child care.

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Car Seat Safety

Three out of four parents think their children are in the right car seat, but they are not. Using the correct car seat could save your child's life. Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children, but many deaths can be prevented. Car Seats Colorado is dedicated to keeping kids ages 0-15 safe on Colorado roadways. Visit Car Seats Colorado to find an inspection station near you and get a car seat inspection for free.

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Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters
Cooking Matters is a program run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. Cooking Matters has been helping families lead healthier lives for 30 years. Cooking Matters works in communities across the country to help parents and caregivers develop their skills when shopping for and cooking healthy foods on a budget.

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Expanding Quality in Infant and Toddler Care

Huerfano–Las Animas (HuLA) Counties Early Childhood Advisory Council, Trinidad State Jr. College (TSJC) and Division of Child Care and the Colorado Department of Education present Expanding Quality in Infant and Toddler Care (EQIT). Childcare professionals, parents, and grandparents are invited to join us.

The purpose of this FREE training is designed to expand the knowledge and skills of early childhood professionals, including teachers, assistant teachers, and family child care providers, parents and grandparents with up‐to‐date information towards high quality childcare. Successful completion of the EQIT course meets the Division of Child Care Licensing infant toddler training course requirements. Topics to be covered in the 16 Week Course include: The Wonder of Infancy Care of the Spirit Responsive Care giving for Healthy Relationships Our Partners, The Families Cornerstones of Quality Care, Health, Safety, and Nutrition (two modules) The Power of Places and Space Day to Day the Relationship Way: Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers Exploring Early Learning Learning to Talk, Talking to Learn The Joy of Discovering Literacy Babies in Motion Understanding and Respecting the Gifts of Culture Welcoming Children with Special Needs Making a Difference with Relationship Based Care Celebrating Our Profession This is a 16 week course. Attendance is MANDATORY to receive certification from Colorado.

For more information or to register contact Deb Hartman at (719) 845-0568 or Jennifer Sanchez-McDonald at (719) 846-2213 ext. 32.

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is a national nonprofit that champions the positive effects of reading daily and engaging in other language-rich activities with young children. Did you know your young child gets a new book when they get an immunization at Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department? Every child age 6 months through 5 years, every visit, part of Reach Out and Read!

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