Steamboat briefs for Feb. 16 |

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 16

Preschool sessions offered to qualifying children

— Applications are now accepted for the 2008-09 school year of the Colorado Preschool and Kindergarten Program, which offers free preschool sessions to children who meet certain qualifying factors that could interfere with their learning. Eligible children must be 3 years old by Sept. 1. Applications are available at the Child Development Center on Eighth and Aspen streets, and are due March 10. Call Lori at 879-0391, ext. 310, with questions.

VNA offers tips to quit tobacco

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has announced that Feb. 17 to 23 is “Through With Chew Week,” a campaign to decrease spit tobacco use and increase awareness of its negative health effects. The “Great American Spitout” is Feb. 21. Tobacco-free quit kits for chewers are available at the VNA offices in Steamboat Springs, at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, and in Craig at 745 Russell St. The kits promote the Colorado QuitLine and free support from a trained coach. Nicotine patches and gum are available. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669), or call the VNA at 871-7664.

Energy assistance available through LEAP

The Routt County Department of Human Services is accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LEAP, through April 30, 2008. LEAP is a federally funded program designed to help low-income households meet their winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating.

Household income may not exceed 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The maximum monthly income for a one-person household is $1,574. Applications can be picked up at the Human Services office, 135 Sixth St. in downtown Steamboat Springs. For information call Ruth Ann at 879-1540, or 1-866-432-8435.