85% of a baby’s intellect, personality, and social skills are developed in the first three years of life. According to the World Health Organization, early childhood is the most important phase for overall development throughout a person’s lifespan, and early experiences determine future health, education, and economic participation. Parents and families are the key to early childhood development, but often need support to provide the right environment.
Bright Beginnings provides home and small group visits that help parents, grandparents, and other care providers understand their children’s physical, emotional, and intellectual development during the critical first three years of life.
The program is available to all in Weld County with children ages 0-3. Visits are offered in English and Spanish, and are scheduled once per year for your child’s first three years of life. At each visit you’ll receive a bag filled with age-specific child development information and resources.
Colorado Bright Beginnings—of which United Way of Weld County Bright Beginnings is an affiliate—conducts randomized follow-up phone call surveys to parents after they implement what they have learned and utilize community resources. Findings from a 2011 statewide evaluation indicated:
— 87.1% of parents changed a behavior with their child because of what they learned from the information and materials; two-thirds of this group (65.4%) report they now read more to their child.
— Parents who have had two or more visits were more likely to change a behavior because of what they learned (92.5% versus 84.3%).
— Most parents (89.3%) reported they know where in their community they can go for help.
Goal 1: Parents/caregivers change behavior towards their children creating a more stimulating development environment.
Goal 2: Parents/caregivers better understand stages of child development.
Goal 3: Parents/caregivers have an increased awareness of supportive community resources after their visit.