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Thoughtful Parenting: 2-1-1 parenting resources

Amber Delay
For Steamboat Pilot & Today

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt County is a beautiful place to live and a beautiful place to raise a family. There are unique challenges for parents and families raising children in our communities. Affordability and availability of childcare is a number one challenge for local employers and employees.

How do families know when to sign their child up for preschool or how to apply for tuition assistance? If a child is struggling during early developmental stages, where do families go for help? These are just some challenges that families may face with young children.

There are several ages and stages in a child’s life when parents may need to consult community resources. This is how the 2-1-1 helpline can be a useful resource. It’s is a free, confidential, multilingual service that refers callers to non-emergency services in our area. It is easy to access 2-1-1.

You can call, text, live chat or search our database to get help.

Here is how to reach 2-1-1.

  • Dial three simple numbers, 2-1-1, from your phone, and a trained professional will do a free and confidential intake to help find resources from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Live chat or search the database of community resources by going to You can also access this site from our website at
  • Text your zip code to 898-211 (message and data rates apply)

The 2-1-1 helpline provides families with resources when they are in need and don’t know where else to turn for help. It is a safe and confidential way for parents to find the right resources. Families can use 2-1-1 to find resources for support for new parents with newborns; childcare referrals; preschool enrollment or tuition assistance; or resources for early assessments to detect special needs for their children.

The 2-1-1 service provides resources for older children, adolescents, teenagers and young adults. These stages of growth and development can be challenging to navigate for parents, and it is important for young people to have social and emotional support through these life transitions.

Parents can find resources for youth activities, arts-based summer camps, after-school programs, mentoring programs, drug and alcohol prevention programs, outdoor education programs and youth volunteer opportunities. Parents can find resources for college scholarships, internship programs or workforce training for their young adults transitioning out of high school.

Call 2-1-1 or the staff at Routt County United Way is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to help parents and families find needed resources in our community. Call 970-879-5605, email or stop by 443 Oak St., and we are happy to help you.

Amber DeLay is the program manager for Routt County United Way and is a Yampa Valley native.

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