Eagle County nonprofits are participating in statewide philanthropic event
Editor’s note: The Vail Daily is running profiles of local nonprofits that are participating in Colorado Gives Day, Dec. 9. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. And for the first time ever, it features a $1 million incentive fund created by the partners. Donate online at ColoradoGives.org or schedule your donation in advance.
Eagle River Youth Coalition
Everything we do at the Eagle River Youth Coalition is driven by one common value: making youth a community priority. ERYC works with community partners to assess and meet youth needs and strengthens community collaboration to enable youth to reach their full potential. ERYC also takes a role in collecting current and accurate youth data, determining priority areas, and facilitating pertinent programs to overcome service gaps. Key priorities include in-school substance use prevention education, parent and community education, and youth advocacy and leadership training. ERYC facilitates in-school substance use prevention in high schools and middle schools to teach youth the consequences of substance use, how to overcome internal and external pressures and to use resistance skills to maintain a healthy life of positive decision making. ERYC also offers parent and community education through forums of expert panelists, presentations and dialogues, and a multi-session series. Community forums, the Dinner & Dialogue series, and the Active Parenting of Teens programs provide parents valuable information and skills to support their children and develop stronger familial relationships. The Youth Leaders Council offers youth representatives from all local high schools an opportunity to learn advocacy and leadership skills to strengthen the youth voice in the community. YLC members provide feedback and input to youth-serving organizations in order to make programs more relevant and meaningful for youth. In following evidence-based curriculums which celebrate strengths, ERYC continues to create positive change by promoting the assets of youth and raising the level of youth esteem. It is an honor for ERYC to represent the great work of various youth service providers and to work collaboratively across the community to ensure the health of Eagle County youth remains a priority.
Eagle Valley Child Care Association
The early childhood years lay the foundation for a child’s educational experience. The availability and affordability of quality early childhood services set a child up for success in their formal educational years. In 2000, the Eagle Valley Child Care Association was created by a group of business and community leaders who felt that child care was an issue for recruiting families to the Vail Valley for employment and creating a balanced community. Our diverse founding board (leaders in early childhood, business and government) also believed that availability of quality child care services was also a business issue. In 2001, the Eagle Valley Child Care Association opened the Vail Child Care Center. This small licensed center serves approximately 45 children between the ages of 8 weeks and 6 years. After the successful opening of this center, EVCCA expanded on its vision by opening the Miller Ranch Child Care Center in Edwards. This site serves 106 children between the ages of 8 weeks and 6 years. Our association offers local families location options for child care so they can choose a center that best fits with their family life.
Eagle Valley Child Care Association offers developmentally appropriate, discovery learning environments at both of our sites. Qualistar Colorado, an independent organization that evaluates the quality of early childhood programs, awarded both of our centers 3-star Qualistar Ratings this year. EVCCA proudly offers Dinosaur School, Zoo Phonics, Teaching Strategies GOLD and the Get Set for School Handwriting curriculum! Our students and families graduate from our schools with children who are prepared for their formal education years academically and socially and leave with lifelong friendships. Eagle Valley Child Care Association also offers a tuition assistance program to make our services more accessible to families. Please check out our website for more information on our organization at eaglevalleychild care.com.