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:

4/15/16 - Human & Social Services and Parenting Resources Online section of websites have been completely updated. All other contacts are being double-checked, i.e. phone numbers, updated information. Please excuse the formatting, thanks for your patience! -eyb

Alternative Horizons -- Striving to end domestic violence in our community. 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
Legal Aid -- 835 East 2nd Avenue 247-0266
San Juan Basin Health Department -- 281 Sawyer Drive 247-5702
SW Colorado Mental Health Center 259-2162
Southwest Safehouse -- Domestic Violence Crisis Line 259-5443
Adult Education Center 385-4354
Family Center of Durango 385-4747
Women’s Resource Center 247-1242
San Juan BOCS (Special Education ages 3-5) 247-3261
San Juan Kids (Special Education ages 0-3) 385-3498
Children’s Museum of Durango 259-9234
Durango Nature Studies 382-9244
Durango Public Library -- 1900 East Third Avenue 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.
Durango Recreation Center - 2700 Main Avenue 375-7300
Durango Mountain Resort 247-9000
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RR 247-2733
El Centro De Muchos Colores 247-7654
Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall 247-7657
The Clayroom: Paint your own pottery -- 2053 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 970-426-9685
Trimble Hot Springs 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 BabyCenter 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 Familes 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
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.
Let's Move --  www.letsmove.gov/
America's move to raise a healthier generation of kids. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years; giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices; providing healthier foods in our schools; ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food; and, helping children become more physically active.