April 10 - 16, 2021
Delta Family Center - Weekly Notes and News
BELA Preschool will host Parent/Teacher Conferences April 15th & 16th.
Reminder: Anyone over the age of 12 must follow local mandates and wear a face mask for the entire conference and anytime you visit Delta Family Center or any of our partner Delta County Schools. Thank you!
National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month
For more information please contact Delta Family Center Family Resource Office at 874-9517 or visit https://www.co4kids.org/.
BELA Preschool End of Year Parent Survey
Your opinion matters and we value our communities input on all our services here at Delta Family Center. Thank you in advance for our input and cooperation!
If you have questions about the survey or would like more information, you can call and speak to Angela Fedler, Executive Director, Delta Family Center and Delta County School District Early Education Coordinator.
BELA Preschool & Delta County Kindergarten Registration Information
NO SCHOOL FOR PreK-12 Delta County Schools: April 19 - 23, 2021
Delta Family Center Offices will be closed. Have a safe and refreshing Spring Break! School will resume on Monday, April 26, 2021
Delta Family Center Accountability
Meet Angela Fedler, Executive Director, DFC, Early Childhood Coordinator for Delta County Schools
I have lived in Delta for my entire life with small tidbits in other states. My family has also been born and raised in our incredible county. My family greatly enjoys spending time together and most importantly we love being outside together. Experiencing the great outdoors with the rich opportunities in Western Colorado is our focus!
I have been a part of BELA Preschool and Delta Family Center since 2003 and am so proud of my time here! I began my career with Delta County School District as a bus driver then in 2003 began teaching at BELA preschool as a classroom aide. In 2009 I became the director of the center and have been blessed enough everyday since then to see the programming grow, alongside our community, each year. I enjoy having the opportunity of joining both the policy council and accountability committee in an effort to gain knowledge and understanding of what's important to the families that are a part of our programming while learning what we can do more of to entice others to join any of our services opportunities.
I am wondering how we might encourage other families to enjoy many of the programs that are offered by Delta Family Center and what new types of opportunites might families be looking for? Thank you all for helping explore these questions! Angela
Meet Lora Ely, Director of Little Sprouts Community Preschool
1. I’m Lora Ely from Little Sprouts Community Preschool in Cedaredge.
2. My role in the DFC Accountability Board is the representative from Little Sprouts Community Preschool which contracts with Delta Family Center through the Colorado Preschool Program.
3. I have lived in Delta County for 13 years after moving here from Southwestern Michigan.
4. I have enjoyed our partnership with Delta Family Center/BELA preschool since 2014 when I became the Director of Little Sprouts. It has been a very helpful relationship. The staff of Little Sprouts has appreciated joint training sessions, classroom observations and the ability to learn from Angela and her staff as well.
5. My immediate family is spread out around the USA & I am expecting twin grandbabies this fall which is really exciting. My favorite thing to do with my family is to travel, enjoy the lakes in southwestern Michigan, see new places and enjoy time with one another, whether just talking or playing games, we love to spend time together whenever we can.
6. Being a part of the DFC Accountability has given me the opportunity to learn more about the Delta Family Center and all the wonderful work that they do. It also gives me the opportunity to share insight from a different perspective occasionally. I have valued the experience and enjoyed meeting others who are concerned about the children & their families in our communities.
7. My question for DFC is: How big is your vision for the Delta Family Center?
We Are Looking For Parent Volunteers!!
Meet Katee Denham, Head Start Policy Council President and Parent
1. Name & Community Partner/Business you represent:
Katee Denham, Parent
2. Role in either DFC Accountability/Policy Council:
I sit on both the DFC Accountability and the Policy Council board as a Parent Representative.
3. How many years have you lived in Delta County?
I actually live in Montrose County. I work in Delta County, however, and my son attends Delta County schools.
4. In what way have you been a part of Delta Family Center/BELA Preschool?
This is my sons second year at BELA. We also participate in the Backpack Program through BELA. We love both programs!
5. What is your favorite thing to do to spend time with your family?
We love to hike together, ride horses, play in the yard, cook. We love being active and spending time together.
6. What do you hope to gain from being a part of DFC Accountability or our Head Start Policy Council?
I hope to share parent perspectives when needed to help further growth with this great program.
Meet Kimberly Kenner, HS Family Advocate & ERSEA Manager for BELA Preschool
My name is Kimberly Kenner, I am a Family Advocate for Delta Family Center and the ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection Enrollment, Attendance) Manager for BELA Head Start. My role on the Policy Council is currently as a BELA/District employee and to provide information as needed on the ERSEA process.
My husband and I moved to Delta County about a year ago. We have been visiting the Western Slope since 1990; that is the year my in-laws moved here from Southern California. We love living in the small rural town of Cedaredge, all the outdoor recreation activities available on the Grand Mesa and the strong sense of community in Delta County. My husband and I enjoy traveling and spending time with our adult children. We recently became the proud parents of a new fur baby, a German Wirehaired Pointer, named Chief...our days and nights are no longer the same! Chief has already found a permanent place in our hearts; however, he is also exhausting!
I am new to the Delta Family Center/BELA Preschool. However, I have spent the majority of my career in Early Childhood Education and I am passionate about child/human development, social justice and supporting families. As a part of the BELA Head Start Policy Council, I hope to gain a better understanding of this community's needs, their goals and to ensure that we provide a quality education free of charge to families with the greatest needs. I look forward to putting down roots in this community that I have already grown a strong attachment to and continuing to serve the families in Delta County.
Each Head Start agency shall make available to the public a report published at least once in each fiscal year that discloses information from the most recently concluded fiscal year. For more information about BELA Head Start call (970)874-9517.
UPDATED DCSD Guidelines - Department of Public Health & Safety Guidelines 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.
BELA Weekly Class Newsletters
If you have not yet received a newsletter or talked to your teacher about how you would like to get your child's class newsletter, please let them know ASAP. If you need additional supports, please contact Angela Feder, Director or Lisa Mock, Assistant Director at (970)874-9517
BELA Preschool Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Menu
Backpack Program Exchange Dates!
The Backpack Program is Coming Your Way! Each BELA class should receive a PowerAnnouncer as to your date and time for FINAL INVENTORY TIME. Families should have also hear from our wonderful Backpack Ladies with details about their exchange during their week.
Outlying Delta County Families: When it is your exchange week, the Backpack Ladies will be in our big white van from 11-1pm in partnership with each community's elementary school.
Boxes will be due in for End of Year Inventory starting in Delta the week of April 5th!
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!
Required for all NEW Backpack Families prior to getting your first box.
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Parents As Teachers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Policy Council Corner
You can also refer to Head Start's Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Center (ECLKC) by clicking the link below.