United Way News
Promises for Children, Weld County’s Early Childhood Council, is a community partnership dedicated to improving the well-being of all children in Weld County by focusing on the critical growth and brain development period from pre-birth to eight years of age to promote school readiness and lifelong success.
The name Promises for Children came about by a group of concerned child care providers, parents, and organizations who felt an organization needed to be a collaboration to ensure the concerns of children were met. It grew into a list of promises that they vowed to children of Weld County. Click here to read the United Way of Weld County Promises for Children.
Advocacy in early childhood education is helpful to keep issues that affect childhood development at the forefront of our minds. Click here to see our early education talking points and be sure to check out our Advocacy page for ideas how to use them!
Promises for Children Programs
As Weld County’s Early Childhood Council, Promises for Children is part of a state-wide network of councils, a place for collaboration on county-wide early childhood development which oversees several programs and services for parents, and parents-to-be, in Weld County.
Best Start for Babies and Toddlers: 10-week program teaching parents and caregivers necessary parenting skills they may not otherwise have access to.
Bright Beginnings: short visitations helping parents understand childhood development, parenting best practices, and available community resources.
Child Care Financial Assistance: subsidizes professional child care for low-income working families and student parents.
Child Care Resource and Referral: referrals and information for high quality child care via phone and internet.
Early Care and Education Services: professional development and Qualistar quality ratings support for child care providers.
Family Business Solutions: works with local businesses to create family friendly work environments and facilitates employer-sponsored childcare financial assistance.
FFN-PASO (Family, Friend and Neighbor - Providers Advancing School Outcomes): teaches Spanish-speaking home-based providers childhood development and child care best practices.
Love to Learn Conference: annually offers child care providers continuing education credits.
Raising a Reader: engages parents in a routine of daily “book cuddling” with their children to foster healthy brain development and early literacy skills.
Direct grants: fund community programs and services that advance early childhood education.
Collaborative partners include local businesses and other professionals, child care and health care providers, and parents all working together to address issues facing young children and families in our community. Organizations in collaboration are:
• Aims Community College
• City of Greeley
• North Colorado Health Alliance
• North Range Behavioral Health
• University of Northern Colorado
• Weld County Government Agencies
• Weld County School Districts