The Fremont County Family Resource Center
The Fremont County Family Resource Center located in the Starpoint Children’s Services SPIN facility at 1339 Elm Avenue in Cañon City offers a rainbow of services to families with young children – birth through age five with targeted emphasis on serving families with children living in circumstances that place them at risk for school success. As a longstanding member of the Colorado Family Resource Center Association, the Family Center utilizes a two generation approach and offers family strengthening services by providing information on child development, social & emotional consultation, partnering with families in identifying and accessing resources and concrete supports, as well as identifying social connections. The Family Center is a key member in a community-based collaboration that involves Starpoint, Cañon City Schools, Florence Schools, Fremont County Departments of Human Services and Public Health & Environment, Solvista, Centura, and ValleyWide Health Centers, pediatricians, dentists, licensed child care providers, and parents.
First Steps Early Head Start
First Steps Early Head Start is a federally funded inclusive child development program for pregnant women and families with children birth to age three. Activities range from playgroups and family socializations to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Agriculture, & Math) visits. A cornerstone of the program are weekly home visits that deliver parent education, support, and resources to the family home using the Parents as Teachers Foundational curriculum. Childcare center-based services are also available.
This program focuses on low-resource households and comes with income eligibility requirements. Call 719.275.0550 to see if you qualify. This program is offered free of charge.
First Steps Parents As Teachers
First Steps Parents as Teachers offers bi-weekly home visitation to any and all families in Fremont County, regardless of income levels or special needs. We believe parents are the first and most influential teacher of their child. Parenting infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can be challenging for parents at times. Our home visitors provide parents and caregivers with the most up to date information about each stage of their child’s natural development.
Parents say having a Parents as Teachers home visitor to serve as a mentor, coach, and resource connection through the preschool years enhances their overall parenting experience. All our home visitors are certified Parents as Teachers Parent Educators and the program is offered free of charge.
Making connections with other caregivers and their young children is what Playgroups are all about. Our community playgroups are open to families with preschool children and are held on Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00. Caregivers can socialize while their children interact in an experience rich environment. Parents receive information about child development, activities, and nutrition.
This is a free event and registration is not necessary.
Welcome Baby Program
Congratulations on the arrival of your baby! To celebrate the new addition to your family we offer a Welcome Baby Bag filled with items every new parent can use. Things like diapers, a teether, a first aid kit, essential oils, and so much more. Each bag comes with a handmade quilt or afghan lovingly created by local crafting groups. Sign up today to receive yours.
ECHO Developmental Screenings
Ever wonder if your child’s development is on track? Are there health, developmental or behavioral issues that concern you, your family, or your doctor? You can schedule a simple developmental screening to relieve your concerns or guide you towards help if needed. A team of service providers will work with you to ensure you, your child, and family have the best support if there is a developmental issue.
ECHO Screenings are provided free of charge. To schedule an appointment call the ACCESS Center at 719-276-6174.
Other Family Resource Center Services
- Facebook – Starpoint Children’s Services Facebook
- YouTube Channel – Starpoint Children’s Services YouTube
- Utility Assistance through the Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) Program
- Fingerprinting through Colorado Fingerprinting http://coloradofingerprinting.com
- SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Application Assistance
- CHP+ (Child Health Plan Plus) Application Assistance
- Child Passenger Safety Seat Check/FIT Education Service