February 2020
We all have a role to play in helping prepare Weld County’s children for the future.
In This Issue:
  • Welcome
  • Professional Development Calendar
  • Best Start for Babies
  • Provider Appreciation
  • Scholarships for Grad Programs
  • PDIS launches alignment process
  • Caregiver Café
  • Early Learning Development Guidelines
  • Professional Development submissions
  • Webinar on Early Nutrition Habits
  • Child Development Associate Credential
  • Funds Available to Eliminate Barriers
  • 3 New Social-Emotional Training Hours
  • Nominate a Child Care Provider
  • Colorado LEAP Program
  • Provider Spotlight
  • Upcoming Training & Events
Remember to look for your license number embedded in each newsletter! You could be the next winner of a Human Bean gift card!  
 If you find your number call 970-304-6184.

Promises for Children Celebrating 20 Years!
As we look to the beginning of spring, often we compare it to fresh starts and growth. That being said, we thank all of you for your continued support and helping us continue to grow over all the years! We really appreciate all of your continued support and hope to see you another 20! We have a busy spring ahead, so make sure to check our calendar as well as our Facebook page for all the opportunities and events coming up. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Promises for Children Team
Find all your Professional Development needs on our New and Improved Calendar!
Are you a child care provider in need of some Professional Development hours? Let us help you find them on our improved Professional Development 1732192 calendar! We got you covered.
Best Start For Babies
Saturdays 9 a.m. - Noon
March 7 - May 16
@ First Congregational Church, "Hope" Room
2101 16th Street, Greeley
Are you having a baby? Are you a new parent and want to know more about parenting? If you are pregnant or have a baby under 1 year old, come learn more about parenting with other adults! You could win baby items like diapers and car seats!

Provided by United Way of Weld County, Best Start for Babies helps parents create an environment where babies can thrive! Best Start for Babies is a series of 10 classes that provide education and support for you to feel more confident in your ability to respond to your children in
healthy and positive ways.

The program is available at no cost to parents who are pregnant or have a child under 1 year of age. Classes are offered in English and Spanish. Free childcare and a meal are included.

For more information or to enroll contact Amelia Ritchhart at
Join us in Celebrating YOU!
Child Care Provider Celebration
Saturday, April 25, 2020
8:30 a.m. - Noon
Poudre Learning Center
8313 W F St. - Greeley

Give-a-ways – Discussion - Collaboration - Lunch

Join us at the Poudre Learning Center with ECHO (Early Childhood Health Outdoors) as they provide training in creating outdoor spaces that connect with the natural world.

Lunch from Pelligrini's immediately following!

You will also earn 2 hours of Professional Development in Teaching Practices.

Keep an eye out for your Save the Date in the Mail!

Please RSVP to Susanne Gallegos, (970)-304-6170
2020 Winifred R. Reynold Scholarship Now Accepting Applications 

Colorado Shines PDIS Launches Training Alignment Process 

The Colorado Departments of Human Services and Education are excited to announce the launch of the Training Alignment Process (TAP) through the Colorado Shines PDIS. TAP will allow individual trainers and professional development organizations to submit courses to verify they align with the Colorado Competencies. Courses will also be evaluated on their ability to meet best practices for adult learning. 
Once reviewed and approved, courses will receive the Colorado Shines Training Alignment logo and will be accessible by over 75,000 registered users in the Colorado Shines PDIS. In addition, certificates will be automatically created for participants.  
Come together with other Child Care Providers and parents to build social connections, improve parental resilience, build a network of community supports, learn about child development and help improve the social and emotional competence of your children! (Only open to licensed home child care providers as of now).

Gift Cards For Attending!

Monthly from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., RSVP Required.
March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18
Weld County Training Center 1104 H St. Greeley

Call Anna Korthuis
What children experience and learn from birth through third grade lays the foundation
for their success. No matter the role we have in kids’ lives – whether as first-time parents,
teachers, childcare providers, or involved relatives, friends or neighbors – we all play an
important part in their development.

The Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines offer practical tips that
everyone can use to help our children get off to a happy and healthy start. Colorado’s early
childhood advocates and experts spent countless hours creating these guidelines, which
reflect the latest national research and broadly accepted strategies currently used statewide.
• Physical health • Feelings and behaviors • Problem-solving and learning

The guidelines describe how a typical child develops but it is important to understand
that each child learns and grows at his or her own pace. Since all children are different, caregivers should talk with a health care provider or other trusted professional about any questions or concerns.

Toddlers between 19 and 36 months old are developing independence and a strong sense of self-identity. More and more, they insist on trying tasks by themselves and exerting control over their environments. They have a growing interest in books, art, toys, and other activities. They are better at communicating and understanding the world around them.
Reminder: Upload Only Professional Development Related Documents to the Colorado Shines PDIS
The PDIS Team would like to remind users to only upload professional development related documents into the Colorado Shines PDIS. Professional development related documents include official transcripts and training certificates. Documents such as driver’s licenses or fingerprints should not be uploaded. Uploading only professional development related documents allows us to process credentials more quickly and efficiently.
call 1.844.447.4441
Webinar Opportunity: Feeding Infants and Toddlers: Classroom Practices that Support Early Nutrition Habits
Are you interested in getting your Child Development Associate Credential?
United Way of Weld County’s Promises for Children now has resources available. With two different options available to you, either in-person classes or online, we have a format that can work for everyone.

Providers Advancing School Outcomes is our in-person classes, which is available in English and Spanish. English is 4 hours on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Spanish is 8 hours on Saturdays. In just 15 weeks you can obtain all the training needed to apply for your CDA. Over this time you will meet other child care providers, develop supportive relationships, learn about resources, enter to win quality improvement items, and grow your knowledge on caring for children. We will also offer an online option through CDA Stars. This is a start and stop approach so you can have the ability to complete this on your own time. The online option would be the best choice for someone who wanted to be more independent in their journey to getting their CDA.
To hear more details or discuss cost for the online or English version of the class please contact Tessa at tessa@unitedway-weld.org or call 970-304-6189. For more details or to discuss cost for the Spanish in-person version of the class please contact Lorena at lorena@unitedway-weld.org or call 970-304-6183.
Looking for ways to improve your child care area? OR
Do you want to become licensed but money is a barrier? 
Are you looking to increase the quality in your child care? Are you looking to become licensed? Don’t let cost be a barrier to high quality, health and safety, or pursuing licensure! Promises for Children currently has funds to aid providers with their various needs such as health, safety, professional development, quality improvement, and more. Have you been cited for something in your home? Do you have some health and safety or quality improvement materials in mind that could make your day to day a little more manageable? Reach out to us! 

Who qualifies? EVERYONE!

How do I learn more? Please contact Tessa at tessa@unitedway-weld.org or call 970-304-6189.
Three New Social-Emotional Training Hours Available
Be one of the first to take the  Positive Guidance Sequence in the Colorado Shines PDIS . This course sequence consists of three courses and counts towards social-emotional and Level 2 training hours.
  • Guiding with Development in Mind looks at the relationship between child development and positive guidance and discusses the importance of considering children's development in your responses to behavior.
  •  Guiding with Attachment and Temperament in Mind examines what temperament is, how it relates to attachment, and how it impacts relationships and interactions between children and caregivers.
  • Positive Guidance Strategies takes a closer look at children’s behavior as a form of communication and offers seven specific, actionable, evidence-based practices that any early childhood provider can use.
Is there an outstanding child care provider in your community? Colorado Shines turns five in February and we want to highlight the great work of providers across Colorado. 
Whether the program you have in mind is a Level 1, 2, 3, 4 or a Level 5, we want to hear from you! Nominees will have the chance to be featured on the Colorado Shines Facebook page, our newsletters and our website.
LEAP, Colorado’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program, helps eligible Coloradans with winter home heating costs.
United Way of Weld County is partnering with Weld County to spread the word about Colorado’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), a federally funded program that helps families, individuals, seniors and those with disabilities pay a portion of their winter home heating costs. LEAP is not intended to cover all costs of home heating for qualifying participants, but rather to help alleviate some of the energy burden associated with the colder winter months.
Congratulations for reaching a Colorado Shines Level 2
We are proud of you!
Heather Garcia!
Awesome job!

Dora Mitchell
Special shout out to Dora, who passed her Child Development Associate’s exam. Dora graduated from PASO Institute in December of 2018 and cares for children in her home. She is very excited to continue growing professionally in the early childhood field.
If you would like to learn more about obtaining your CDA, please contact Lorena at 970-304-6183.
Text Your Openings

Looking to fill your
child care openings?

Colorado Shines Child Care Referral will refer families to your program.

Text 'CC OPEN' to 898211
Purchase one of our adorable “bunnies” to support our work in Early Childhood Development through programs like Promises for Children. PFC works to provide family support and education, assistance with learning and development and promotes health and well-being. Keep a bunny, or donate to NCMC Pediatric Unit, UCHealth or the Greeley Fire Department.
Live United Celebration
Saturday March 28
5:30 - 10 p.m.
As a valued community partner and friend, United Way of Weld County’s Board of Directors invite you to one of the most fun, feel-good events of the year. Join us for an exciting evening of socializing with other community leaders, colleagues, friends and neighbors as we celebrate recent accomplishments and honor the people and businesses who support the work of United Way in bringing together the community to solve our most pressing problems.
Northern Colorado Children's Festival
Saturday April 11th, 2020
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Family activities, food,
hands-on arts and crafts,
health and safety information,
children’s merchandise
and great entertainment.

For more information contact PromisesforChildren@UnitedWay-Weld.org
March 2, 2020

March 14, 2020
3-Part Training - North Range, NCBC, & Eco-Healthy Child Care

May 2 & 9, 2020
These and other Professional Development Opportunities are also available on the United Way of Weld County Website Calendar of Events
Trainings & Events
Medication Administration, CPR/AED & First Aid renewal, and Standard Precautions
Offered by Bryan Maki, RN, Instructor/Owner of Colorado CPR & Safety Professionals, LLC. (720)708-9705 or bryan@coloradocprpros.com. Offers online Standard Precautions as well. Click here for upcoming events in Northern Colorado

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION - Medication Administration ($35), CPR and First Aid trainings. $58 for just CPR; $75 for both. Contact Mary Mast @ (970)381-5395.

STANDARD PRECAUTIONS - Contact Heartsmart (above). Also, KidCare Nutrition Training @ (970)351-8779, or Wildwood @ (303)730-0460 (Jane Martinez). Mary Mast @ (970)381-5395.

Medication Administration - Offered by Molly Orlando, RN, Child Care Health Consultant. Contact her at (303)669-9039 or mol-ly_bbnc@outlook.com. She will be teaching classes in Greeley.
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