April 10 - 16, 2021

Delta Family Center - Weekly Notes and News

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BELA Preschool will host Parent/Teacher Conferences April 15th & 16th.

There will be NO SCHOOL for ALL Preschool Classrooms these two days. Please see your teachers for more information or call (970)874-9517.


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!

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National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month!! Please join DFC Staff and wear BLUE all month long to help raise community awareness to this cause.

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

BELA Preschool is gearing up to ask ALL parents about their preschool experience and how we are doing. We use this information to strive to create better and better learning experiences for both our students and their families. This survey will begin rollout start the week of March 26, 2021 and continue until May 1, 2021. If you would like a digital copy sent to you, please email your child's teacher or family advocate or contact us at dfc@@deltaschools.com for us to email you the survey. You can also take a few moments to fill it out during pick-up or drop-off. Surveys will be available during April's Parent/Teacher Conferences as well.


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.


https://forms.gle/w74yXtwiqxT8hb2X8

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BELA Preschool & Delta County Kindergarten Registration Information

Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year for both BELA Preschool & Kindergarten placement will be open until June 11, 2021. Any registrations received after this date will be processed in August 2021. If you would like to speak with our office staff, please call (970)874-9517 for more information or log into dfc.deltaschools.com for links to our online process.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-HIVVE4c_NS7F6AxwvaylasACnf8QIAhvBlYKdAFHEY/edit?usp=sharing

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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

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Delta Family Center Accountability

In the next few weeks, we will be spotlighting members of our DFC Accountability Team. This team is comprised of DFC Staff, Community Partners, Parents, Business Leaders, and School District Personnel. This team serves a variety of purposes to ensure quality services to the families of Delta County. In the weeks to come, this section will be highlighting the many roles our DFC Accountability Team serves. If you are interested in becoming a part of our DFC Accountability Team, please contact Angela Fedler at (970)874-9517.
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Meet Angela Fedler, Executive Director, DFC, Early Childhood Coordinator for Delta County Schools

Hello all! I am Angela Fedler, Executive Director of Delta Family Center.


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

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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?

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We Are Looking For Parent Volunteers!!

If you are a parent or caregiver of a Head Start student, we have openings on our Parent-led Board! Please see Angela Fedler or your child's teacher to let us know you might interested in being a voice for your child's education. Meetings are held virtually monthly. We would welcome your input and participation!
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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.

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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.

BELA Head Start 2020-2021 Annual Report

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.

Message from Delta County School District

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.

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BELA Weekly Class Newsletters

Our BELA classroom teachers are hard at work putting together weekly newsletters for their families. They are working on emailing or printing these for you to have each week.


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

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.
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Backpack Program Move!
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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!

Backpack Program Virtual Box Talk

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

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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.

Do you need help with your energy bill?

Call today to find out if you qualify for assistance with your energy/heating bill! The Family Resource Center Staff may be able to help! (970)974-9517

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 Website

Check out our website for up to date information on programs, news, and how to contact us!

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!

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

Policy Council Corner

Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be sharing a little bit about our Policy Council Members. If you would like to learn more about Head Start Policy Council, please contact Delta County Schools Early Childhood Education Coordinator, Angela Fedler at (970)874-9517


You can also refer to Head Start's Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Center (ECLKC) by clicking the link below.