March 13-19, 2021

Delta Family Center - Weekly Notes and News

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Coming SOON: 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 15, 2021 and continue until May 1, 2021. Please provide a current email address to your child's teacher or family advocate 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.

BELA Preschool & Delta County Kindergarten Registration Information

Please refer to the following flyer for Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year for both BELA Preschool & Kindergarten placement. Registration dates begin March 1st, 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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Delta BELA Class Picture Days!

Delta BELA Preschool classes will have class pictures on March 23rd & 24th. Please talk to your teacher about your class' day or call the front office at (970)874-9517 for more information.
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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.

Colorado Preschool Program (CPP)

District Preschool Advisory Council

Each school district is required by statute to establish a district preschool advisory council. These councils are charged with the design and implementation of a high quality program with limited resources. The district preschool advisory council ensures that decisions about the program are made locally and that major stakeholders have opportunity for input.


  • The local school board has final responsibility for the CPP Annual Report and Reapplication as well as an application to expand CPP if available to participate in CPP, and for operation and maintenance of CPP within the school district.
  • No action taken by the council is final until approved by the school board. The CPP district preschool advisory council advises in the implementation of the program, and as they do this, decisions about how the program operates reflect the unique needs and priorities of the community.


Membership
  • Two parents of children currently attending the district preschool program
  • Two members of the business community
  • Representatives from the following:
o County or district health department


o Department of social services

o County agency involved in job services and training

o Publicly funded early childhood education agency located in the school district

o Privately funded child care center located in the school district

o Charter school located in district that has a preschool program


Members of the district preschool advisory council are appointed for two-year terms and may be reappointed by the superintendent. The district preschool advisory council should meet a minimum of six times per year. Each council should elect a chairperson who will serve a one-year term and may be reelected for a second year.


Responsibilities of the District Advisory Council:


  • Studying and assessing the need for CPP
  • Identifying and locating supporting research, and recommend eligibility factors applicable to the community.
  • Advising in the development of a plan for identifying eligible children.
  • Recommending to the local school board whether the program should be provided by the district or by publicly or privately funded providers or a combination
  • At least every two years, developing and distributing requests for proposals to local publicly funded early childhood education agencies and privately funded centers to determine who will provide program services and recommending qualified providers to the local school board.
  • Participating in the development of proposals to CDE requesting participation in CPP or in the preparation of expansion requests.
  • Providing information and data to CDE for reports on the program.
  • Developing a comprehensive plan for delivery of services addressing the areas of program quality, staff development, family involvement, family support services, and program evaluation as a part of the Annual Report process.
  • Visiting all settings providing CPP enrollment at least twice per year, to identify strengths and areas for growth.
  • Developing written policies to document and reflect the decisions made by the council.



https://spl.cde.state.co.us/artemis/edserials/ed270internet/ed2702016internet.pdf

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What Is Policy Council?

The Policy Council is a group of Head Start and Early Head Start parents and community members who help lead and make decisions about their program. Policy Council members are elected by the parents of children enrolled in the program. Parents often join the Policy Council after serving on a parent committee.

The Policy Council meets regularly as a group. Members can serve for one year at a time, and for up to five years. They work closely with the program's management team and governing body to provide overall direction for the program.


https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/organizational-leadership/article/what-policy-council

Why Do Head Start and Early Head Start Programs Have a Policy Council?

When Head Start began in 1965, its founders understood that parents are essential partners in educating young children. They felt parents should help decide how Head Start services can most benefit their family and other families in the community.

Head Start created the Policy Council as a formal leadership and policy-making role for parents. Today, every Head Start and Early Head Start program must have a Policy Council as part of its leadership structure. Through the Policy Council, parents have a voice in decisions about how the program spends money, what children do in their classrooms, and how the program works with community partners.

Children, parents, and the program benefit when parents take on leadership roles. Children learn more and experience healthier development at school and at home. Parents can become more confident, gain skills, and connect with other parents and staff. Program staff learn about the strengths, interests, and needs of the children, families, and community they serve.


https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/organizational-leadership/article/what-policy-council

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.

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Policy Council Members:

In the weeks to follow, we will be introducing you to our Head Start Policy Council Members. If you are interested in becoming a part of our parent-led Policy Council, please contact Angela Fedler at (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.

UPDATES:

Following the DCSD Winter Break, students will no longer require a temperature check to attend school. Please still follow CDHPE State & County Guidelines outlined in Delta County School District COVID Dashboard above for any symptoms and school attendance.
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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

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Save the Dates!

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.

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 pick up. 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.


Beyond the Box Spring Packet Handout with exchanges this month!


March 15 - 19th:


Ms. Cindy/Ms. Danielle

Ms. Christina/Ms. Cendy

Ms. Tina/Ms. Mimi

Ms. Sara/Ms.Kaitlyn & Ms. Stacy/Ms. Jessi

Ms. Shannon/Ms. Misty

Ms. Tiffini/Ms. Morgan & Ms. Em/Ms. Emily


March 23rd: Crawford & Hotchkiss/HK8 BELA

March 24th: Cedaredge & CES BELA

March 25th: Paonia & PES BELA



Watch for the next "Beyond The Box" packets coming soon to the exchange near you!




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