Child-care funds redistributed |

Child-care funds redistributed

— More than 20 area child-care providers should find checks in the mail this month.

Renee Donahue of First Impressions told the Routt County Commissioners Monday her agency has completed the process of re-granting $38,000 raised by the Snow Ball, sponsored by the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. last March. The First Impressions board elected to bolster the money with funds it receives annually from the Colorado Department of Education to bring the total close to $70,000 Donahue said.

Donahue told the commissioners it has taken five months to process the individual grants because a team of child-care experts visited each site, including 10 licensed child-care centers and 12 licensed home providers, to help them set up an action plan for program improvements.

The amount of the grants was based on a per-child basis, fluctuating with the number of half-time and full-time students and the number of days the establishment is open every year. They ranged from $751 to a high of $12,881 for Young Tracks, which serves 64 families and 86 children.

Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak noted Little Friends child-care center in Oak Creek, which had announced earlier in the year it would close, will receive $3,015 and use that money for operational costs as it reopens as a half-day preschool.

Stahoviak said the different child-care centers will use the funds for equipment, staff development and teacher retention bonuses, depending upon their needs.

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Stahoviak said she is pleased with the work First Impressions is doing to encourage and assist home providers to become licensed.

Donahue told the commissioners First Impressions has secured a new “infant/toddler grant” that will net $54,000 over the next two years.

Child-care centers and licensed home providers receiving grants this month included: Amber Tice, $1,388; Carol Munden, $1,158; Caroleah Rosa, $1,158; Dana Smith, $1,158; Daneen Teeters, $1,158; Dianne Morehead, $1,158; Discovery Learning Center, $8,226; Donna Starbuck, $1,389; Grand Kids, $8,404; Holy Name, $4,584; Julie Redmond, $983; Kathy Reese, $1,158; Kids Kabin, $3,310; Diane Carter/Kinderhaus, $7,308; Laurel Street, $6,395; Linda Valora, $1,158; Little Friends, $3,015; Yampa Valley Montessori, $1,897; Nancy White, $1,053; city of Steamboat Springs, $751; Tammy Ryan, $983; Vicki Carrington, $1,333; Young Tracks, $12,881.