May 8-14, 2021

Delta Family Center - Weekly Notes and News

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Happy Retirement to Kim Dicamillo and Lidia Savage!

It is with sad and glad feelings that Delta Family Center wishes these two amazing ladies a wonderful retirement.


Lidia Savage joined the Backpack Program in 1992 after working with Delta County Schools as an interpreter with Special Services in 1991. She was instrumental in the development of the Backpack Program and has spent her career educating the parents, families and students of Delta County through this beloved program. The impact her 30 years with Delta County Schools has left a immeasurable mark on 1,000's of families. We wish her many happy moments with her family and friends as she retires, you will be missed!


Kim Dicamillo as been a part of BELA Preschool since 2003 and a part of the Backpack Program since 2010. Her 17 years with Delta County Schools began as a preschool teacher for BELA, evolved to our Infant/Toddler Room Director, and for the past 11 years has lent her early childhood expertise to the Backpack Families of Delta County. Your connection to so many families though your childcare business and through BELA & Backpack programs have left a lasting impact! We wish you many happy days with your family and friends! You will be missed!

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Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, grandma's, aunts, friends, and ladies in our lives who love children as their own. We wish you a most wonderful day! - DFC Staff

Calling All Out-Lying Entering Kindergartners!

Is your child headed to Kindergarten in the fall of 2021? Will your child attend Cedaredge, Hotchkiss or Paonia Elementary School? Would you like to win a backpack full of school supplies for your Kindergartner?


If you answered "YES" to these questions, then this is the place for you! Complete the following survey to be entered in to win a backpack full of common Kindergarten supplies for your child to use this coming fall. All you have to do is watch your child's school "Welcome Video" on YouTube (links included) & submit your email for a chance to win!


Contest will end May 21, 2021 at 5:00pm. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 24th and prizes available for pick up at The Delta Family Center, 822 Grand Avenue, Delta, CO. Special thanks to our beloved Backpack Program for sponsoring our "Backpacks" full of supplies and putting them all together.


Click to enter!

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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.


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Backpack Box Inventory

Thank you to EVERYONE who turned in their Backpack Box for the year!!


IF we missed you or need help getting your box back to the ladies for end of year inventory, please call (970)874-9517. The crew will be calling families this week and scheduling direct pick ups for those who need it. Thank you for a wonderful year!!

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BELA Preschool & DFC End of Year Dates to Remember

May 26th - Last day of preschool for Part & All Day BELA

May 27th - Last day of school for K-12 DCSD students (Early Release at 11:30am/No Lunch will be served.)

May 28th - NO SCHOOL/DFC Offices Closed

May 31st - Memorial Day - DFC/DCSD Offices Closed

June 10th - Last day for preschool for ECDY BELA students

June 14th - DFC Limited Office Hours*


*Please email dfc@deltaschools.com to get a message to DFC Administration throughout the summer. Office Staff will return the week of July 26th for regular office hours. CCR Staff is available by appointment only all summer.

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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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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.

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!
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 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 for ALL Outlying Areas on May 3rd!


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