Preschool receives grant |

Preschool receives grant

Family Development Center awarded $64,600 for programs

Discovery Learning Center preschoolers, from left, Maddie Steele, Ava Scarborough and Dillon Harlan are all smiles Monday afternoon during outside play time.
Mike Lawrence

— Tami Havener believes funding for early childhood education is critical to development.

“If parents get a really good start with their children, then it decreases so much the bad things that can happen in adolescence,” said Havener, the executive director for the Family Development Center.

The Family Development Center, which includes the Discovery Learning Center and the Newborn Network, recently received a $64,640 grant from the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment.

The state funds were issued through the Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program.

The grants support, among other things, programs that focus on early childhood programs and services, which is why the Family Development Center was a recipient.

The organization had not received the grant in several years because of state budget cuts, Havener said, so she was elated to receive word Friday that more than $64,000 would be given to the center.

The CDPHE office awarded 50 grants totaling more than $2.3 million.

“We will get a monthly reimbursement,” Havener said. “As we spend the dollars, we’ll submit documentation. It’s a lot of evaluation.”

Havener said the application process is extensive, but the grant is worth it. The proposal included an increase in social and emotional development among the preschool- and kindergarten-aged children Discovery Learning Center works with.

The development happens by having classroom strategies and implementing them, Havener said.

“(The) classroom strategies cover everything from how you set the environment in the classroom to having trained staff who understand appropriate relationships with young children and among young children,” she added.

The Newborn Network also will benefit from the grant.

Parents and teachers work together during a monthly home visit. The Newborn Network also works with parents in weekly parenting groups that meet for one to two hours throughout Routt County.

“It’s also a good time for parents to be together who have kids the same age,” Havener said. “Just that strong network really helps in the parenting process.”

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