Our Priorities

Grand Beginnings’ priorities are to strengthen:Baby

Comprehensive Early Childhood Services by convening partners to develop strategic investments in early childhood based on community input to improve the quality, access and equity of services and supports available to families with young children within Grand County.

Mental Health Services by promoting social emotional competence in children birth to 5 years by training and coaching early childhood teachers and parents on the Pyramid Plus Approach, promoting the Incredible Years curriculum and engaging community stakeholders to identify and develop mental health supports for children with persistent challenging behaviors and their families.

Health Services by increasing access to preventative oral and medical health care by linking the health care and early childhood sectors and providing universal training and technical assistance on standardized child development and oral health screening tools across Grand County to promote early intervention including referral and follow-up services.

Family Support and Education by promoting parent education and providing free child care resource and referral services including the annual Children’s Fair and parenting classes in addition to supporting kindergarten readiness through child care tuition scholarships.

Early Childhood Programs by supporting quality improvements in early childhood centers and family childcare homes through professional development opportunities including training, coaching, college coursework and continuing education scholarships in addition to promoting child care licensing and quality ratings for licensed child care centers and family child care home providers while also supporting children who are cared for by family, friends and neighbors.

Strengthening Grand County’s Early Childhood Service and Support

Grand Beginnings works to strengthen comprehensive early childhood service and supports within Grand County so that children are ready for kindergarten. We do this by fostering high quality early learning environments, supporting child development and promoting family engagement.