Delta Family Center

Striving to educate and support families in order to build a successful community.

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Backpack Early Learning Academy (BELA)

What is BELA?

The BELA preschool is a part of the Delta County School District. The purpose of BELA is to provide a safe, stimulating learning environment for prekindergarten children to ensure their success with future learning in school and beyond. BELA is Licensed as a Preschool by the State of Colorado through Colorado Department of Human Services – Office of Early Childhood

View or download the Backpack Parent Handbook here: English | Spanish.

The BELA Preschool is funded by: Colorado Preschool Program, Head Start Funds, Partnership with Child Find Services, various grand funders, and tuition slots.

Our Staff

Delta Family Center employs highly qualified staff to uphold important qualifications that we expect from all our teachers: sensitivity to children and parents, caregiving skills, and understanding of the program’s philosophy and practices.

Our primary caregivers ensure that every day, each child’s experience is communicated to parents - not just what the teacher personally witnessed but what others observed or enacted. Also, a primary caregiver relays parents’ concerns and suggestions to other staff.

Our teachers make sure children’s experiences in the program are positive and that parents’ concerns are addressed by continually assessing each child’s and parent’s experience.

Assessment

BELA Preschool offers on-going, age appropriate assessments including the following:

  • All BELA students are offered a Speed DIAL-4 screening within 3 months of admission
  • All BELA students are offered or provided referrals for vision, hearing, and dental screenings on an annual basis.
  • 4 Year Old Students are offered a modified PALS Pre-K Letter Recognition assessment
  • All BELA students are offered a minimum of two Parent/Teacher Conferences each year. Families will also be offered a minimum of two home visits each year.
  • ALL BELA students are included in Teaching Strategies GOLD Observation Tool while under the care of qualified teaching staff.
  • Students identified for special needs are evaluated using a variety of observational and evaluative tools and receive services from Delta County Special Services Child Find if services are deemed necessary by qualified staff.

Locations

Every licensed preschool/childcare center is rated on a scale of 1-5, 5 being the best:

  • Delta BELA - Level 4 (Delta Family Center, 822 Grand Avenue, Delta, CO 81416)
  • Hotchkiss BELA - Level 5 (Hotchkiss K-8 School, 465 Lorah Lane, Hotchkiss, CO 81419)
  • Paonia BELA - Level 4 (Paonia Elementary School, 430 Box Elder Avenue, Paonia, CO 81428)
  • Cedaredge BELA - Level 4 (Cedaredge elementary School, 380 N Grand Mesa Drive, Cedaredge, CO, 81413)

Admission

All students must register through DCSD prior to admission to the BELA Preschool. Additional application materials are available through the BELA Preschool Office (822 Grand Avenue, Delta, CO 81416)

  • Limited number of spaces for CPP/Head Start funded spots: based on designated criteria
  • Special Needs are placed in BELA through Child Find. (CSRG: 5.3)
  • Documentation of child’s current health statement MUST be submitted within 30 calendar days of admission. DFC will provide referral information for families to how obtain access to medical insurance and a medical home. (CSRG: 5.2)
  • Required documents for admission include copies of current immunization record, birth certificate, and proof of residence.

Admission Cutoff Dates

  • Children must be 2 ½ by September 1st to qualify for the Transition Room
  • Children must be 3 by September 1st to qualify for a Three Year Old Classroom
  • Children must be 4 by September 1st to qualify for a Four Year Old Classroom
  • Children must be 5 by September 1st to qualify for Kindergarten

Supported By

  • Delta County School District
  • Colorado Preschool Program
  • Child Find
  • Head Start
  • Various Grant/Private Funds

When you get, GIVE.
When you learn, TEACH.

- Maya Angelou

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Backpack Program

Backpack Boxes

What is the Backpack Program?

The Backpack Program is a FREE, home-based preschool educational program for any family with 3 to 5-year-old children that live in Delta County. The program has supported parents and caregivers as a child's first and most important teacher since 1992. The Backpack Program strives to: to provide children with a common set of enriching experiences for a lifetime of learning, to support and assist parents in enriching their child's life with meaningful experiences, and to help strengthen the relationships between the public school, the families and community agencies.

How Does it Work?

Caregivers receive a rubbermaid box full of themed activities to do with your children at home and are reminded to exchange each box monthly. Each of our 58 different themed boxes are filled with books, puzzles, blocks, a variety of educational materials based on literacy skills, and included suggestion for parents on how to use the materials as an at-home preschool classroom. Activities included in the backpack boxes are related to language development, reading, writing, math, general knowledge, fine motor, gross motor, memory skills and creativity. Parents/Caregivers are required to attend a one-time "Box-Talk" prior to starting the program.

Get Started

The Backpack Program partners with all outlying Delta County Elementary Schools to provide exchange locations in:

  • Delta - Main Office
  • Cedaredge
  • Hotchkiss
  • Paonia
  • Crawford

Please download our DFC Demographic Form and return it to The Backpack Program staff via mail, email, or fax.

Backpack Box Content:

Backpack Box Content

58 different themes (Approximately 650 Boxes)

  • Bilingual boxes
  • Boxes for developmentally delayed children
  • Boxes with less items (based on family need)
  • Fine Motor Bags
  • Take home ABC packets
  • Gifted and Talented Boxes (for children requiring additional material)

Activity Areas:

Backpack Box Content
  • Language: Listening to recordings, singing songs, and learning finger plays.
  • Reading: Listening to and reading stories.
  • Writing: Experimenting with drawing and copying using pencils, paint brushes, markers, and/or crayons.
  • Math: Exploring materials using Legos, blocks and building materials.
  • General Knowledge: Working with real projects during cooking, simple science projects, woodworking and role playing.
  • Small Muscles: Working with pegboards, puzzles, finger paints, clay, etc.
  • Large Muscles: Working with balls, bean bags, hopscotch mats, etc.
  • Self-Help Skills: Practice brushing teeth, washing hands and face, and combing hair.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

- Albert Einstein

- Multiple resources available for family development -

Family Resource Center

What is FRC?

Delta Family Center is a proud member of the Family Resource Center Association of Colorado, offering a multitude of resources and programs for all families. Through this program, family development workers work one-on-one with families to help them set and achieve transformative goals in their lives and help them become more self-reliant. The Family Development framework, a research-based approach, focuses on helping families build from their strengths, take charge of their lives, and access resources that are available in their communities.

Family Resource Center

Current Programs

Cooking Matters:

A free 6-week course teaching parents how to prepare and shop for healthy, low-cost meals while empowering them to raise healthy eaters. Class meets once a week, for 2 hours. Child care is provided. Call today to sign up for our current classes!

Incredible Years:

Want to build a more positive relationship with your child? Looking for more effective discipline strategies? Need new ideas for helping your child grow and learn? The Incredible Years Parenting Group will give you the tools to answer these questions and more!

This program has been shown to strengthen parent-child interactions and attachment, reducing harsh discipline and fostering parents' ability to promote children's social, emotional and language development. Free dinner & childcare. Classes start September 5, 2019 at 5:00pm. Class meets once a week for 14 weeks. If you are interested, please contact Letty in our FRC Office.

Parents As Teachers:

Are you expecting a baby? Do you have a child ages birth to 5? Then Parents as Teachers is the program for you! Parents as Teachers is a FREE, nationally recognized home-visiting program that supports parents in their role as their child's fist and most important teacher. Call our FRC Office today to see how you can become part of this exceptional opportunity!

Bootstraps Asset Building Education:

Coming Soon - BGain fundamental tools to stabilize your economic situation and improve your financial health habits. Child care and light refreshments will be provided. Classes will be held on Thursday from 1:00pm - 3:00pm October 31 - November 21, 2019. To register for class or for more information, contact Bregan at (970)874-9517.

Current Family Resource Programs

Community Partners

Delta Family Center is supported by many community partners, both at the local & state level. Grants and partnerships from the following entities provide families with resources and supports through a variety of relationships. Thank you to all our funding sources, staff and community network for the opportunities to provide free programming to so many families throughout Delta County.

  • A Kidz Clinic
  • Center for Mental Health
  • Delta County Health and Human Services
  • Delta County School District
  • Delta County Libraries
  • Families Plus
  • Fort Uncompahgre Interpretive Center
  • Nurse Family Partnerships
  • Partners
  • River Valley Family Health Center
  • Salvation Army
  • And many more Delta County community partners & businesses...
Community Partners

Supported By

  • Colorado Health Foundation
  • Colorado Office of Early Childhood - Department of Human Services
  • Colorado Preschool Program
  • Delta County School District/Child Find Special Services
  • Delta County Health and Human Services
  • El Pomar Foundation
  • Energy Outreach Colorado
  • Family Resource Center Association of Colorado
  • Invest in Kids
  • Rocky Mountain SER Head Start
  • Share Our Strength
  • Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation
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Delta Family Center

  • (970) 874-9517
  • dfc@deltaschools.com
  • 822 Grand Avenue
    Delta, CO 81416

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Lisa Mock - Assistant Director

Lisa Mock - Assistant Director