School Readiness

Babies and children do come with instructions and parents can get them at Catholic Charities! Our School Readiness programs provide an array of services that educate families and give parents the power to be their child’s first and most important teachers. Through comprehensive and evidence based programming, we educate, support and encourage parents to create a learning rich environment 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.

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Parents as Teachers (PAT)

Parenting education program for families with children 0-3 years of age.  This is an evidence-based home visiting model designed to ensure young children are healthy, safe and ready to learn.  Families receive four dynamic components: personalized home vists, 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. Learn more by calling 719-544-4233 or visit

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

HIPPY is an evidence-based school readiness program that helps parents prepare their three, four, and five year old children for success in school.  Well-trained peer home visitors deliver the curriculum during the school year.  The program empowers parents as the primary educators of their children in the home and fosters the parent involvement in school and community. To learn more call 719-586-8605 or visit or the Colorado state office