COLORADO SHINES – Aspen Center received a Level 5 rating! A testament to its commitment to providing a high-quality learning environment that supports the development of Longmont’s children. This Colorado Shines rating is one way that Aspen Center demonstrates its quality and dedication to continually improving the services it offers. With 1,418 Day Care Centers in Colorado, Aspen Center for Child Development is 1 of only 16 that received a Level 5 rating.
Growing research shows that the early years are essential to child development as 90 percent of intellect, personality and social skills are developed in the first five years of life. One in four children in Colorado enter kindergarten unprepared to keep pace with their peers – making it important for families to connect with quality child care and preschools like Aspen Center that help to prepare children for school.
Colorado Shines is a free service offered through the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood which rates Colorado’s early care and learning programs, connects families with quality programs, and helps early care and learning programs improve quality.
The program is designed to look at how early learning programs:
Support children’s health and safety.
Ensure their early childhood professionals are well-trained and effective.
Provide a supportive learning environment that teaches children new skills.
Help parents become partners in their child’s learning.
Demonstrate strong leadership and business practices.
CPP – Coming Soon
BRIGHT EYES – Awareness around the importance of quality early care and education programs has been raised throughout the country and Bright EYES is Longmont’s own initiative to promote quality programs for pre-school-aged children. The EYES in Bright EYES stands for Early Years Education Stewards and conveys the vision of Longmont’s role in providing the best possible opportunities for our community’s youngest learners.The Bright EYES initiative was formed in 2003, when a local ad-hoc group of representatives from the City of Longmont, the St. Vrain Valley School District and several Longmont health and human service agencies formed to focus on ways that the Longmont community could help ensure that ALL Longmont children have a healthy start in life and are ready to learn when they enter school.
HEAL – The Boulder County Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Coalition is a group of community members and organizations dedicated to improving healthy eating and active living opportunities for children in Boulder County. The purpose of the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Coalition is to collectively align existing and new interventions related to healthy eating, active living, and healthy weight to prevent obesity and improve the health of children 0-18 in Boulder County, with a focus on early childhood.
TEACHING STRATEGIES – Teaching Strategies Gold®/Creative Curriculum: Our academic practices follow the Teaching Strategies Gold® – a research-based preschool program utilized by the St. Vrain Valley School District and many other school districts. This program has been proven to set up an environment that is developmentally appropriate and stimulating for each age level. It is based on the belief that young children learn best by doing and through hands-on experiences. By following Teaching Strategies Gold/Creative Curriculum, we work hand-in-hand with the St. Vrain Valley School District to ensure that Aspen Center graduates are more than ready to enter kindergarten.
BREAST FEEDING FRIENDLY – Child care providers can make a big difference in helping a new mother continue to breastfeed when she returns to work. Being breastfeeding-friendly can increase the length of time babies are breastfed, leading to healthier outcomes for baby and mom.
RESULTS MATTER – The Results Matter program improves outcomes for Colorado’s youngest children by helping teachers, administrators, families, and other education stakeholders use authentic assessment data to inform classroom instruction as well as program and policy decision making.