Early Childhood Council

A designation appointed by the state of Colorado. Bright Futures  is 1 of 34 Early Childhood Councils across the state written in Colorado legislation to improve access to early childhood services within the region we serve (San Miguel, Ouray, Montrose, Delta, San Juan counties).  As an Early Childhood Council, it is Bright Futures’ role to … Read more >

Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Program

Through funding from Colorado Department of Human Services- Office of Early Childhood,  Bright Futures offers support, coaching and technical assistance to licensed childcare and preschool providers interested in elevating quality. Technical assistance, outreach and coaching are individualized to the provider depending upon what quality level they are seeking. To date, over 75% of licensed providers … Read more >

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT): A nationally recognized, research-based home visitation program aimed at improving parenting skills & knowledge related to healthy child development and school readiness. 

Pyramid Coaching Project

A collaborative effort among various organizations across the San Juan Region with a goal to increase social-emotional development in young children. To achieve this goal, we are implementing an evidence-based practice known as Pyramid Model to build social skills in young children and increase teaching skills within early childhood settings.  Children in Pyramid Model classrooms … Read more >

First Impressions Tuition Assistance Program

The First Impressions Tuition Assistance Program makes it possible for low income families to have access to Routt County’s quality early learning programs. Families share that without this assistance, they could not join the workforce/go to work or work additional hours. Families have the peace of mind while at work that their child is safe, … Read more >

First Impressions Professional Development Program

The First Impressions Professional Development Program makes it possible for early childhood teachers to enroll in college level early childhood education classes. By paying 90% of the total cost for classes and books, teachers receive the skills they need to be the best teacher they can be. One teacher shared, “I’m living it as I’m … Read more >

Art Encounters for Children

Sangres Art Guild (SAG) in conjunction with Custer County Kids Council is initiating art classes for children ages 3-6. Classes are held at a local art gallery with local artists and a retired preschool teacher. The 2-hour classes are held on Friday afternoons when preschool is not in session and include a variety of activities … Read more >

Local Dental Care Options

Custer County Kids Council in collaboration with Custer County Public Health and funding through our local Children’s Health Fund initiated a program to provide local dental care for all children regardless of insurance status. By contacting Public Health, families can arrange for local screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, and follow-up care for their children whether … Read more >

Quality Early Learning

The ECHO and Family Center Early Childhood Council promotes the Colorado Shines Quality Rating System and Professional Development Improvement System to childcare centers, homes, and preschools throughout Fremont County. The ECHO Council provides Technical Assistance, Coaching and Professional Development opportunities to centers and homes wishing to prepare for or maintain a Colorado Shines Quality Rating … Read more >