Resources for Parents

We encourage families to take advantage of all of the wonderful community resources available to help enrich the lives of your child. Here is a list of community providers and parenting web resources to help your family and child grow and learn outside of the school setting:  

HUMAN & SOCIAL SERVICES:  
Alternative Horizons -- Striving to end domestic violence in our community. 970-247-4374 office
Child Health Plan Plus -- Colorado Dept. of Health Care Policy & Financing 1-800-359-1991
Customer Service
La Plata County Dept. of Human Services -- Medical, Food, Cash & Childcare Assistance
Tech Center Plaza, 10 Burnett Court, First Floor
970-382-6150
Legal Aid -- 835 East 2nd Avenue 970-247-0266
San Juan Basin Health Department -- 281 Sawyer Drive 970-247-5702
 
Southwest Safehouse -- Domestic Violence Crisis Line 970-259-5443
FAMILY SERVICES:  
Adult Education Center 970-385-4354
Family Center of Durango 970-385-4747
Women’s Resource Center 970-247-1242
CHILDREN'S EDUCATIONAL SERVICES:  
San Juan BOCS (Special Education ages 3-5) 970-247-3261
San Juan Kids (Special Education ages 0-3) 970-385-3498
CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES:  
Children’s Museum of Durango> 970-259-9234
Durango Nature Studies 970-382-9244
FAMILY ACTIVITIES:  
Durango Public Library -- 1900 East Third Avenue 970-375-3380
Durango Arts Center -- 802 East Second Avenue 259-2606
Durango Parks & Recreation -- City Hall, 949 East Second Avenue
News and events, parks, trails, aerobics/fitness, sports schedules.
970-375-5000
Durango Recreation Center - 2700 Main Avenue 970-375-7300
Durango Mountain Resort 970-247-9000
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RR 970-247-2733
El Centro De Muchos Colores 970-247-7654
Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall 970-247-7657
Trimble Hot Springs 970-247-0111

Parenting Resources Online

A Place of Our Own -- http://www.aplaceofourown.org/
Family, friends and neighbors – everyone who takes care of young children – are child care providers. Every interaction and every activity of these adults with their charges provide valuable opportunities to help children learn and grow. A Place of Our Own shares ways for us all to help children acquire cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills, as well as nurture language and literacy development.
Parenting Counts -- www.parentingcounts.org
Parenting Counts is a research-based family of products developed to support parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children.
Baby Center -- http://www.babycenter.com/
Find information from Baby Center on pregnancy, children's health, parenting & more, including expert advice & weekly newsletters that detail your child's development.
ZERO TO THREE -- www.zerotothree.org
ZERO TO THREE National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.
Growing Child -- growingchild.com
Our Business is Parent Education. Newsletters are timed to the monthly age of the child from birth to six years old and monthly during the school year from kindergarten to 12th grade.
Colorado Early Learning & Development Guidelines -- earlylearningco.org/parents-caregivers/
This site provides practical tips and points of reference that anyone can use to help kids grow physically, intellectually and emotionally. The Guidelines support children with different cultures, languages and abilities.
Early childhood mental health specialist – Mary Gilden
http://ecclaplata.org/about-ecc/our-staff/
Community Playthings Blog -- www.communityplaythings.com/resources/blog
Browse our resources by articles, videos, literature, blog. Topics include: Outdoor classroom, Family and culture, Role of play in learning, Creativity and literacy, Behavior and development, Classroom design, Projects and activities, Learning environments, Curriculum approaches.
National Association for the Education of Young Children -- www.naeyc.org/
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

U.S. Department of Education: Parents --  www2.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml
Early childhood education, Reading resources, Special education, Help your child learn, Pay for college. Topics: Healthy Start Grow Smart Series, Reading - FREE Teaching and Learning Resources, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder resource for school and home, Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics, Repaying Student Loans, etc.

MY PLATE - https://www.choosemyplate.gov/

The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. Toward this goal, CNPP focuses its efforts on two primary objectives:

  1. Advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans, and
  2. Conduct applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics

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