In addition to resources offered by the Garfield County Department of Human Services Childcare Program, there are a variety of other organizations dedicated to supporting the work of early childhood care and education professionals:
Childcare program publications:
Professional Organizations: National and local associations for the education of the young child: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children (COAEYC), Roaring Fork Association for the Education of Young Children (RFAEYC).
National and local associations of family childcare providers:
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
Local early childhood organizations:
Child Find Colorado – Coordinates evaluations and services for children with development concerns: Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs – 970-384-6006; New Castle, Silt, Rifle – 970-625-6802; Parachute 970-285-5702.
Early Childhood Network (formerly Kids First) – Resource and referral office, also provides coaching and support for early childhood programs including Getting Ready for Ratings. 970-928-7111.
Roaring Fork Autism Network – Support group and educational resource for families with children on the autism spectrum.
Statewide early childhood organizations:
Colorado Children’s Campaign – Bipartisan advocacy organization supporting a variety of issues concerning children.
Qualistar – nonprofit organization focused on quality improvement in early childhood education.
Colorado Office of Professional Development – Information about education and training for family childcare and center providers.