September 18, 2020

Delta Family Center - Weekly Notes and News

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Backpack Program Ready to Hand Out First Boxes of the New School Year!


The Backpack Program is Back! We will begin handing out Backpack Boxes on Monday, September 21st to returning Delta Families and Delta BELA classrooms. Each class should receive a PowerAnnouncer as to your date and time for pick up. Families should have also heard from our wonderful Backpack Ladies with details about their exchange.


Outlying areas will have pick up times set for the first week in October. Watch for more posts for exact dates and times.


If you are NEW to the Backpack Program, please follow the link below to fill out a short form and watch a short required "Box Talk" prior to picking your first Backpack Box.



If you have questions, please call (970)874-9517 and ask to talk to the Backpack Office. See you all soon!

Backpack Program Virtual Box Talk

Required for all NEW Backpack Families prior to getting your first box.

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Census Assistance

If you have not yet completed your 2020 Census Information and need assistance, please call our Family Resource Office at (970)874-9517.


You can also visit https://2020census.gov/en.html to complete your information today!


Your response matters! Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community.

Incredible Years Class Registration Is OPEN NOW!

It's NOT too late to sign up! Call TODAY!

Space is limited and all classes will be offered virtually! Please call and talk to Letty, Lupita or Bridget TODAY to sign up for our English or Spanish classes! Classes meet weekly and run for a total of 14 weeks and will conclude the week of December 14, 2020.

English Class - Weekly on Tuesdays at 6pm

Starting September 8, 2020


Spanish Class - Weekly on Thursdays at 6mm

Starting September 10, 2020

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DCSD Elementary School Conferences

There will be NO School for ALL BELA Preschools and DCSD Elementary schools on September 28, 2020. Please call your child's elementary school for details on how they are hosting Parent/Teacher Conferences for your Elementary School student.


BELA Preschool will host conferences in November and April. Stay tuned for details as we get closer to that time.

Can I Go To School Today?

DCSD & Colorado Department of Public Health & Safety Guidance



Please refer to the following document on guidance on when your child is ok to go to school. At-home screenings should be happening at home prior to coming to school. Your child's temperature will be checked prior to entry into any of our preschool locations. If your child presents a fever, you will be asked to take your child home. Thank you for your cooperation to keep our students, staff and community safe.

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DCSD Preschool & Kindergarten Registration Portal

If you are NOT currently a BELA Student and your child will be 3, 4 or 5 years old prior to Sept. 1st of the current school year, you are invited to register online and read below for Preschool & Kindergarten registration information!

Kindergarten and Preschool Online/Virtual Registration Information

If you are a current BELA student, you should have received a letter to update your Powerschool details. BELA students who did not turn in your intent to return from last spring, please call our main office at 874-9517.


NEW Students for 2020-2021 School Year:
1. Please visit http://www.deltaschools.com/registration.php to begin the registration process.

2. Call Delta Family Center at 874-9517 to give us an email address for us to send you the registration packet.

3. PRESCHOOL ONLY must provide copies of the following for your packet to complete:


  • Birth Certificate

  • Immunization Record

  • Proof of Residency (Utility Bill, Bank Correspondence, etc)

  • Current Physical

  • Copy of current W2's/Last Year's filed taxes



4. Please submit packet and all documentation listed above via:

  • Fax (970)874-5609
  • Mail to DFC, 822 Grand Avenue, Delta, CO 81416
  • Drop off in person at the same address above


5. Preschool parents will receive a phone interview from DFC/BELA administration once ALL paperwork is complete.


Additional Details:
  • Kindergarten Eligibility: Must be 5 years old by September 1st of upcoming school year

  • Kindergarteners will be asked to submit the following information to their assigned school:

    • Birth Certificate

    • Immunization Record

    • Proof of Residency (Utility Bill, Bank Correspondence, etc)

    • Current Physical

  • Preschool Eligibility: Must be 3 years old by September 1st of upcoming school year (2 1/2 for Delta Transition Class only.

If you have NOT completed the required BELA Preschool Parent Orientation, please follow the link below to fill out the form to complete this element of your child's registration process.
BELA Preschool Parent Handbook Video

Please watch the video and electronically sign at the end of the form, we will add this component to your child's registration process. We will contact you if we still require additional forms or paperwork. Thank you again for your time.

Click Here for our Delta Family Center YouTube Channel

Visit our very own YouTube channel for videos to enhance your preschooler's day and parenting experience!

BELA Preschool Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Menu

For complete menus for the year, please visit DCSD http://www.deltaschools.com/for-parents.php and follow the link to Preschool Breakfast & Lunch. Snacks are offered for BELA Transition, Full-Day and Extended Day Classrooms ONLY. If you have questions or concerns about your child's meals, please call Angela Fedler at (970)874-9517.

Delta Family Center Family Resource Center

Our Family Advocates are ready and working at the Delta Family Center main office and can be reached during normal operating hours. If you or your family have been directly impacted by the the COVID-19 pandemic, we may have financial resources to help. Please stay tuned to our page on Facebook and Weekly Notes and News for updates and information. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please call us at 874-9517 M-F from 7:30am-4pm.
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Bright By Text

Bright by Text

As families with young children find themselves home around the clock and seeking creative ways to keep their children safe and engaged, consider Bright by Text. Bright by Text provides developmentally appropriate tips and activities for free, delivered right to a caregivers phone. Bright by Text also partners with many Colorado organizations to deliver local resources such as library story times, parent education classes and more. The text messaging service delivers actionable information from trusted early childhood experts to parents and caregivers of young children — from prenatal to age eight, in English & Spanish — to support healthy child development and build strong, resilient families. Caregivers can sign-up by texting BRIGHT to 274448 or going here: bit.ly/2U8GtO8


http://coloradoofficeofearlychildhood.force.com/oec?lang=en

Parents As Teachers

If you or someone you know who has a child aged 0-5 and is interested in a phenomenal parenting partnership program, look no further than Parents As Teachers. PAT is an evidence-based home visiting model that promotes early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. (https://parentsasteachers.org/what-we-do)


Delta Family Center Resource Office has openings for YOU to start this journey TODAY! Call us to find out more information 874-9517 or email us at dfc@deltaschools.com

Delta Family Center

The Delta Family Center has been serving families since 1992 and is comprised of: The Backpack Program, The Backpack Early Learning Academy (BELA Preschool), and The Family Resource Center. The Backpack Program is FREE and open to all 3-5 year olds in Delta County. The BELA Preschool has locations in Delta, Hotchkiss, Paonia and Cedaredge, with a partner preschool in Crawford. The Family Resource Center provides numerous child and adult activities through a variety of services. Please call us for more information. (970)874-9517