Babies and children do come with instructions and parents can get them at Catholic Charities! The Family Education and Empowerment Program provides an array of services that educate families and give parents the power to be their child’s first and most important teachers. The path to educational success begins at birth and the family home is the child’s first classroom. Through comprehensive and evidence based programming, we educate, support and encourage parents to create a learning rich environment to provide a strong foundation for the child’s success in school and in life. All services are available in the English and Spanish languages.
Experts tell us that 90% of all brain development occurs by the age of five. If we don’t begin thinking about education in the early years, our children are at risk of falling behind by the time they start Kindergarten.
This service participates in a statewide effort to support all Colorado families by providing free and powerful educational tools designed to enhance the cognitive, social and physical development of infants and toddlers. The service includes three sets of valuable materials specifically designed to help parents create a strong educational foundation for their child in the critical first three years of life. Serving Pueblo and nine additional southern Colorado counties. Offers weekly playgroups in Pueblo. Contact us to get your child off to the best start! 719-586-8627
This is an evidence-based home visiting model designed to ensure young children are healthy, safe and ready to learn.
We provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. Families with children birth to three years of age receive four dynamic components: personalized home visits, group connections, child development screenings, and a resource network. Grounded in the latest research, Parents as Teachers enhances a parent’s role in promoting school readiness and healthy development of children.
This service is implemented in Pueblo and Crowley Counties. In 2010, this Parent As Teachers program was recognized as one of the top three in the country. Learn more by calling 719-586-8620 or visit www.parentsasteachers.org or the Colorado state office www.cpcfonline.org
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Provides to families with children of all ages the skills and resources to incorporate positive experiences in daily family life designed to build strong character, a sense of self-worth and a nurturing home environment for both the children and the parents. The program is offered in classes available in the evenings and on Saturday. Course variations are available for families with children aged birth to 12 years and families with teens. Additional courses that are specialized in teen parents, fathers, and families facing separation or divorce and parents who are incarcerated are available. Serving Pueblo, Crowley and Huerfano Counties. For class schedules or information call 719-586-8623 or visit www.nurturingparenting.com
Catholic Charities offers a “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent” parenting class. The authors of “Love and Logic” (Charles Fay, Ph.D. and Foster Cline, M.D.) state that Love and Logic is a way for parents to take control of the home, while at the same time teaching kids to be responsible, think for themselves and be prepared for the real world. Class participants (including parents, grandparents, foster parents and educators) learn many parenting skills in the class through the use of education, interactive discussion, videos, assignments and role-modeling. For class schedule or more information call 719-586-8620 or 719-586-8614
Developed by Pam Church, Good Touch/Bad Touch ® is an evidence-based sexual abuse prevention curriculum for children pre-school through 8th grade. Through this program we provide education for parents, adult community members, and trainings for facilitators to teach healthy boundaries and safety skills to children. Through trainings provided by Catholic Charities, the program has been implemented in Pueblo school districts, Head Start, private schools and child care centers reaching an est. 7,000 children annually. For more information call 719-586-8609.
HIPPY is an evidence-based parent involvement, school readiness program that helps parents prepare their three, four, and five year old children for success in school and beyond. The program empowers parents as the primary educators of their children in the home and fosters parent involvement in school and community life to maximize the chances of successful early school experiences. To learn more call 719-586-8605 or visit
A literacy class that helps parents/adult caregivers and children read together and talk about the issues in the stories and in their lives. Educators that are trained deliver the program to increase student success in school through enriched preparation for school entry; helps close the reading ability gap by third grade; and introduces emotional and social skills through topics and themes. Parents who participate in the program increase their own reading level as they help their children experience the pleasure of reading. This fun curriculum supports parents in making their homes a literate environment. Learn more information or class schedule by calling 719-586-8607.