Joint Initiatives for Youth and Families, (JI): An integrated network of community-based services and supports collectively serving the needs of children, youth, and their families from prenatal to 21 years of age. The three initiatives are The Alliance for Kids, Senate Bill 94 and Reach Collaborative Management Program.
FamilySPEAK is maintained by Alliance for Kids (AFK), El Paso County’s Early Childhood Council. AFK, guided by the Colorado Early Childhood Framework, works to implement a comprehensive Strategic Plan through the work of its three standing committees which align with the focus areas of the Framework: Family Support & Education, Health & Well-Being, and Learning & Development
Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R): CCR&R is the hub of child care information in your local area and can provide you and your family with information on quality child care and personalized referrals for providers based on your specific needs/preferences. Visit www.ColoradoShines.com for an online search for quality care near you. Call 1.877.338.2273 for a FREE custom referral.
Health & Behavior Supports | Safety Information
Pediatric care is vital to your child’s overall health. Children’s Hospital has active services in order to provide safe, thoughtful, high-quality care for children who need it. We are sharing information from the Children’s Hospital website and invite you to visit their site to learn more.
AspenPointe provides exceptional behavioral health care to our community, one patient at a time. Our continuum of care includes mental health and substance abuse services as well as career and education enhancement programs for individuals and families. They accept Medicaid. 719.572.6100
Peak Vista Community Health Centers – Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center providing medical, dental, pharmacy, and behavioral health care for all ages. Uninsured receive care on an income based sliding scale, Medicaid accepted. 719.632.5700 customer service & nurse line for non-urgent medical needs 24/7.
Peak Vista First Visitor Program – Birth to age 3 are magical years in a baby’s life. Our First Visitor program provides free, one-on-one support for parents and caregivers in the comfort of their own home – or other setting as necessary. We provide emotional support, connect parents and caregivers with free community resources and share information on health, nutrition, safety and important developmental milestones. First Visitor partners with Bright by Three, a statewide organization that provides our evidence-based materials and together our purpose is to help make Colorado the best place to raise a child under the age of three.
Our Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® (RMCM) is a state-of-the-art vehicle that delivers cost-effective medical and dental services directly to children in their own neighborhoods. The RMCM is built and designed specifically as a pediatric health care center, providing care for children ages 0-21. We offer a range of services − from dental care to school and sports physicals. Should you require specialty care, we are happy to refer you to other qualified community providers.
Car Seat Clinics & Free or Reduced Cost Car Seats: Colorado state law requires that children ride in a federally approved car seat or booster that is appropriate for the child’s age, height and weight. Visit www.codot.gov for specific guidelines and FAQs. Safe Kids Colorado Springs and Children’s Hospital Colorado provide Car Seat Safety Classes. 719.305.7233
Colorado Springs Therapy Center treats a wide range of communication and feeding/swallowing disorders for children and adults. We are known for providing innovative speech therapy techniques including our popular aquatic speech therapy model. We are proud to have an assistive technology specialist on staff as well as a registered dietitian. Colorado Springs Therapy Center is committed to providing excellent care in both Spanish and English. 719.332.4689
Special Kids Special Families (SKSF) is a Colorado non-profit 501(c)3 organization. SKSF was founded in 1998 to provide respite and care for children and adults with disabilities and special needs. Various programs offer community support services to families and are designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities throughout their life span.
Child Abuse or Neglect Hotline: All referrals are confidential and Colorado Law protects people from liability if they make a report in good faith. Reports may be made anonymously as well. We all play a role in preventing abuse and neglect. To learn more or get help, contact: Childabusereport@Elpasoco.com or call 1-844-CO4KIDS (1-844-264‑5437)
TESSA, Domestic Violence Hotline: Tessa provides a variety of services and supports to individuals who are experiencing or have experienced abuse: Safe House, Victim Advocacy, and Counseling for Women and Children. 719.633.3819 (24/7 Hour Crisis Line).
Safe2Tell was founded on the idea that prevention and early intervention is the key to preventing violence and saving lives. Safe2Tell provides a way to anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family or your community. You may call 1-877-542-7233 or submit a report online.
Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC): WIC provides qualifying women and children with supplemental food, education on nutrition topics, and referrals to community programs. For an appointment, call 719.578.3199.
El Paso County Public Health is organized in four major divisions: Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Control, Health Services, and Environmental Health. El Paso County Public Health’s programs include both those mandated by state statute as well as those that reflect the unique needs of El Paso County. Additional services include immunizations, Family Planning Clinic, and screenings for your child’s development and special health care needs.
Public Health nurses provide home visits that improve the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time parents and their children in El Paso and Teller counties. Home visits begin with women during pregnancy and continue until their child is 2 years old.
NFP is free to all women who are eligible for Medicaid and WIC and meet other income requirements.
- Apply Online
Lutheran Family Services, The SafeCare Colorado Program, provides in-home, voluntary services that support families in gaining skills to provide a safe home, address child health needs, and engage in positive interactions with their children ages five and under. Families typically work with SafeCare® Colorado for an average of four to six months. For more information or to submit a referral, call 719.368.7005
Dial 2-1-1 and speak to a specialist 8 am—8 pm Monday through Friday to find the right resource or login online and search their database for food pantries, meal programs, employment, utility assistance, rental assistance, and more.
El Paso County Department of Human Services: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (the new name for the Food Stamp Program). Home heating assistance through the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP). Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), provides cash assistance to low-income families with a dependent child in the home. Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) provides subsidies to low income families for child care when in an eligible activity.
At Care and Share Food Bank, our core purpose is to bridge the gap between hunger and abundance. Our mission is to provide food, partnering opportunities, and education to fight hunger and food insecurity in Southern Colorado. Our vision is a hunger-free Southern Colorado.
Career & Employment Resources
Discover Goodwill of Southern & Western Colorado is dedicated to helping people reach their highest level of personal and economic independence. The offer full service employment agency & job skills training assistance program. 719.635.4483
The Pikes Peak Workforce Center helps residents of El Paso and Teller Counties with career transition, whether they are unemployed, underemployed, or employed. They can help match your skills and background with job openings in your area. They provide resources for career transitions, career guidance and provide education and training. 719.667.3700
Women’s Resource Agency services are for teenage girls and adult women. If you are actively seeking employment and are in need of professional clothing, career building workshops and other employment training call to see if you qualify for services. 719.471.3170
Family Support & Parent Education
Catholic Charities offers resources for families on parenting education, counseling, immigration services, pregnancy support and adoption services. 719.636.2345
For childbirth classes, nurturing programs for prenatal families, and infant massage classes, call 719.309.2968 for dates and times. (Childbirth classes are posted on our calendar.)
Pikes Peak Public Library District is a nationally recognized system of public libraries serving a population of more than 535,000 in El Paso County, Colorado. With fourteen facilities, online resources, and mobile library service, PPLD responds to the unique needs of individual neighborhoods and the community at large. 719.531.6333
Concrete Support in Times of Need is one of the five protective factors. By providing information to parents, and helping them to access these resources you are helping families build this protective factor. For a complete list of tip sheets that are easy to read and are focused on concrete steps that parents can take to strengthen their family., click here.
Center on Fathering: The Center provides a 15-session program which teaches dads to be more actively and positively involved in their child’s development. They also offer a 10-session program which gives dads a unique, father-oriented way to deal with conflict in their lives. They offer a 12-week class to assist incarcerated fathers in preparing to resume or begin a positive path of fatherhood once they are released from jail or prison. Additionally, they offer a 13-week class for dads who have past or current issues with domestic violence.
1-800-693-2334 or (719) 634-7797
Bright by Three is a parent friendly website and curriculum giving parents guidance on development from birth to three.
Bright by Text is a free text messaging service that help give your child a bright beginning:
- For English, text BRIGHT to 444999
- Para Español, textea BRILLANTE a 444999
Early Learning and Developmental Guidelines (ELDGs): The ELDGs provide a valuable tool to help you help the children in your care develop successfully. Check out these brief videos specifically addressing development of babies and children ages birth to age eight.
The Video Library page of FamilySPEAK provides the complete series.
Zero to Three: ZERO TO THREE’s approach to parent education is based on the belief that parents are the true experts on their children, and that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to raising children. The information and tools we offer are designed to support parents in developing their own ways to promote their children’s growth and development.
Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether its mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’ growing minds. Download a free app for daily tips to help build your child’s brain.
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL): CSEFEL is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age five. Family tools and training modules are available.
The Reading Success Movement: Learn how you can help your child become a successful reader. Learn the secrets of how fun and engaging Read-Talk-Play activities can give your child the magic of reading.
Read Aloud is a national campaign focused on the importance of reading to children every day. Reading is the “single most important activity” parents can do to prepare their child for reading and learning.
Colorado School for the Deaf & Blind is a state-funded school within the Colorado Department of Education. The school was established for the purpose of providing comprehensive educational services for children, birth to age 21, who are blind/visually impaired and/or deaf/hard of hearing. Services are provided directly to students enrolled at the school, and outreach programs serve students, staff, and families in communities throughout Colorado. 719.578.2100
The Colorado Department of Education provides general and specific resources to assist with information about issues regarding children and youth in the state are available from various Colorado government agencies. (Resource Library) The print publications may be borrowed from the State Publications Library as described in the last paragraph.
Colorado Parks & Recreation offers “Things to Do” in our community. Check out the center event information and summer/after school programming for school aged children. Additionally, you’ll find listings for sports, public pools, spray park, ice rinks, hiking trails, The Therapeutic Recreation Program (TRP) and more.
Family Life Services is a residential community offering a new start to single parent families facing overwhelming challenges. By providing resources and counseling, this two-year program affords families opportunities to start over and stay together in a stable, encouraging environment. Their Women of Courage program is supports working, struggling single moms living alone while caring for dependents. This outreach program is a good fit for mothers who are employed or attending school, and willing to set personal and family goals for their children. 719.632.4661
YMCA of The Pikes Peak Region is a cause for strengthening community to ensure that you, your family and our community have the resources and support to learn, grow and thrive. The Y focuses on developing the potential of kids, improving individual health and well-being, and giving back and supporting their neighbors. Contact information for each location is available on their website.
Colorado Springs Community Centers strive to effectively develop creative solutions to improve the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods by creating an unparalleled environment for learning, recreation, and personal growth. Additionally, the Community Centers provide comprehensive and integrated community-based services at a single site for youth, families, the elderly, and those with special needs. Locations include Deerfield Hills (719.385.5996); Meadows Park Community Center (719.385.7940); and Hillside Community Center (719.385.7900).
Kidpower of Colorado: Kidpower offers comprehensive safety education programs in several formats for children 4-18 and parents. Kidpower programs are developmentally and culturally appropriate, classes locally have been delivered in English, Spanish and Sign Language. 719.520.1311
The Arc Pikes Peak Region: Ensuring that students with disabilities receive the services and accommodations they need, and that parents know their rights in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. Our educational advocates work to
- De-mystify the Special Education process and assist your family in 504 and IEP meetings
- Help you understand your rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Laws
- Help you navigate education programs for your child with disabilities, from early intervention to transition
- Provide free, monthly parent workshops to explain the best methods and procedures to help your child
- Create inclusive school environments through comprehensive IEPs.
Peak Military Care Network (PMCN) connects our community’s military service members, veterans and their families to the highest quality resources provided by our trusted community partners. Service members, veterans and family members are able to receive help from PMCN by phone online or in person. 719.577.7417
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Children and Families in Transition Seminar (CFIT): Court Ordered Supervised Exchanges and Supervised Parenting Time (SEPT) in cases of domestic violence, stalking, high conflict divorce and separation and Co-Parenting Classes. In El Paso and Teller Counties, CFIT is required for all divorcing parents and allocation of parental responsibility cases of children between the ages of 0-18. Medicaid accepted and prices are based on income. 719.477.9898
Court Ordered and Approved Services
Court Approved Co-Parenting Classes: Front Range Collaborative Co-Parenting- Joyce Miller, LPC and Susan Swank, PsyD, LP
- High Conflict Co-Parenting (Levels 3 & 4), Children’s Therapy, Reintegration Therapy, Parent- Child Interactions
- Please visit website for a detailed description of services. Both parents must attend co-parenting class which is 8 weeks.
Call for pricing (approximately $85 per person), Susan Swank (719) 439-5683, Joyce Miller (719) 337-1795
Court Approved Co-Parenting Classes: Family Resource Network and Kaleidoscope Counseling:
- Supervised Parenting Time
- Separation & Divorce Classes
- Family Preservation
- Parent/Child Interactions (Nurturing Parenting Classes)
Costs vary. (719) 227-7477
Court Approved Co-Parenting Classes: Parenting Center LLC, Janice Black, LCSW
- Co-Parenting Classes
- Child & Family Investigator
- Parental Responsibilities Evaluator
- Family Arbitrator Parent-Child Interactionals
- Supervised and Therapeutic Visitations Provider
- Psychological Testing
- Also teaches Active Parenting Now and Birth to Three Years parenting
Contact for pricing www.janiceblack.com, (719) 201-0887, Contact@JaniceBlack.com
Court Approved Co-Parenting Classes: Janet Jones, LPC
- Court-Ordered Level 2 Parenting Classes
- Monthly classes: For the Kids: Co-Parenting Workshop
Call or email for pricing, Janetjoneslpc@comcast.net, (719) 533-1088
5555 Erindale Drive, Suite 203, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Dependency and Neglect Notes:
Parents can request that a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) be assigned to their case.
Parents can request that a CFI (Child Family Investigator) be assigned to their case.
Parents can request that a CLR (Child Legal Representative) be assigned to their case.