LPFCC promotes Early Childhood Education and Parenting Education that enhances parent resilience through the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program and by offering parenting classes such as Love and Logic®. LPFCC offers monthly parenting Group Connections and Foster Parent Night Out events. Services for our community include hearing, vision and developmental screenings.
The La Plata Family Centers Coalition has a variety of programs that strengthen families and promote healthy child development.
We have 4 locations in La Plata County: two offices in Bayfield, one in Durango, and one in Fort Lewis Mesa. We also have a shared office in Archuleta County. (Two sites are housed within elementary schools, and one staff person is located within the La Plata County Department of Human Services, and one person is housed within Archuleta County Human Services.)
The Family Development philosophy and Strengthening Families Framework is interwoven across all programs.
Services are offered in nine main program areas:
Family Support Services are intensive when families first enter the program then taper off as goals are reached and families become more successfully independent and self reliant. Each plan is individualized and tailored to each family. The program will strengthen its implementation of quality standards, the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework, and the Colorado Family Support Assessment 2.0 by operating this new program devoted to coordinated, comprehensive case management.
The School Readiness program at Fort Lewis Mesa Family Center includes partnering with their elementary school to conduct home visits for pre-kindergarten age children. In addition, Fort Lewis Mesa Family Center acts as the rural community center which offers roller skating, tractor club meetings and social events such as birthday parties.
Access to Health Care assists families in obtaining health insurance through Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program), CHP+, and the state's Insurance Exchange, Connect for Health Colorado.
The Bayfield Family Center's Afterschool and Summer Enrichment Program offers low-cost after school and summer child care and includes the evidence-based CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) program, tutoring, and homework assistance.
The Colorado Community Response (CCR) program operates through a partnership with Archuleta County Department of Human Services. The program is designed to provide family navigation services as a promising practice for preventing child maltreatment and strengthening family functioning by providing access to concrete services in times of need and assisting them in accessing formal systems and informal resources to meet those needs. CCR aims to increase the family’s protective capacities through service linkages, case advocacy and connections to both formal and informal resources. CCR fills a gap in the child maltreatment continuum by serving families who have been reported to Archuleta County for alleged child abuse or neglect, and whose referral was either “screened out” (was not opened for investigation) or closed after initial assessment.
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