FIRC currently serves over 150 children with monthly home visits for children from birth thru kindergarten. The visits focus on improving the parent-child bond and giving parents tools to be the best teacher for their child possible. There are no income restrictions for this program and visits are offered in English and Spanish.

How the Home Visitation Program Works

The program is free and open to all families with children ages 0-5 who live in Summit County. For enrollment information, please contact FIRC at 970-455-02236 or email [email protected]

To enroll or for more information on home visits contact Noelle:

Receive monthly home visits1

Receive monthly home visits

If you have a child ages 0-5 and you live in Summit County, you qualify for the program. A FIRC Parent Educator will visit your home once a month. During the visit we will work on a specific developpmental activity for your child and answer your questions.
Be your child's most important teacher2

Be your child's most important teacher

Using the Parents as Teachers curriculum, we will give you the skills needed to be your child’s most important teacher. We will provide you with a variety of activities to help your child achieve developmpental milestones and address issues you might be facing.
Meet other families3

Meet other families

FIRC offers monthly events for you to meet other parents. When parents know they aren’t the only ones struggling with child behaviors or development, they are less likely to take it out on the child.
Enter kindergarten ready to learn4

Enter kindergarten ready to learn

Children can stay in the program until they start kindergarten. The program’s goal is to ensure children have the proper skills to start kindergarten ready to learn, which will help them suceed in their educational career.

Families United Home Visits using the Parents as Teachers Curriculum

FIRC currently serves over 150 children with monthly home visits for children from birth thru kindergarten. The visits focus on improving the parent-child bond and giving parents tools to be the best teacher for their child possible. There are no income restrictions for this program and visits are offered in English and Spanish.

How the program helps: The purpose of FIRC’s Parents as Teachers home visitation program is to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. For the last 10 years FIRC’s Families United program has been offering home visits using the nationally-recognized Parents as Teachers curriculum with the goal that all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.

Home visits focus on a variety of topics including:

  • development of motor, cognitive, language and social emotional skills through interactive games that the parent educator encourages the parent to do with their child
  • nutrition
  • health
  • addressing issues parents are facing

How the program works: Home visitation is a free program and open to all parents with children ages 0 to 5 living in Summit County. FIRC provides monthly home visits in English and Spanish to over 170 children composing over 1,800 visits per year for our parent educators. There is currently a waiting list for this program, but we encourage you to contact us.

How to sign up: If you would like more information or would like to sign up for the home visitation program, please contact FIRC at 970-455-0226 or email [email protected] The only qualifications are you need to live in Summit County and have a child or children ages 0 to 5.

FIRC Home Visit Statistics for 2015:

  • Over 170 children ages 0-5 served by the program
  • 1,800 home visits per year offered on a weekly to monthly basis
  • 2,500 hours spent mentoring parents through home visits
  • Average length of stay in the program is 3 years
  • 90% retention rate
  • 30 children are currently on the home visitation waiting list

Early Head Start

Weekly home visits for low-income families

Early Head Start is a low-income weekly home visit program for children ages prenatal to 3. Visits are provided by a specialized parent educator.

How the program helps: Early Head Start offers personalized in-home education geared to their family’s needs and concerns. It also creates a social network for the parents and children involved to gain opportunities to learn in a social setting with peers. The parent educator’s home visits are based on the Parents as Teachers curriculum and focus on various areas of development for their children, which include:

  • development of motor, cognitive, language and social emotional skills through interactive games that the parent educator encourages the parent to do with their child
  • nutrition – good nutrition for the developing child and how it positively affects brain development
  • health – with long winters in Summit County, families receive ideas for activities to keep the family healthy. Early Head Start also provides a nurse to offer professional medical opinion to answer questions for the family.
  • addressing issues parents are facing – specialized parent educator supports parents by connecting them to various community resources in order to address more of the family’s needs.

How the program works: Each family is assigned one specialized parent educator who makes weekly home visits. Visits are available in English and Spanish. Every month there are 3-4 socialized learning experiences for all children and parents in the program to come together as one to interact with each other while learning about a topic of their interest.

How to apply: Low income expecting parents or families with a child/children under the age of three may apply. Other qualifying factors may exist, please contact Early Head Start to apply 970-513-1170. For questions contact FIRC at 970-455-0229 or email [email protected]

Bright By Three

Free yearly home visit for parents with children ages prenatal to 3

Bright By Three is a state-wide program offering free home visits for all Colorado parents with children ages prenatal to 3. Visits are focused on giving parents developmental information and community resources for their children. Visits are offered in English and Spanish. To schedule a visit contact Ruth at 970-455-0229 or email [email protected].

How the program helps: The purpose is to empower parents with the guidance, knowledge and tools to create a bright beginning for their child. The information covered in each visit is based on the child’s age. Visits are also accompanied with materials to assist the parent. The following details the topics and materials covered in the age-appropriate visits.

Prenatal to 12 months: Positive parent-child interactions and relationship building Health, safety and access to health insurance Identifying and finding quality childcare Early brain development and developmental milestones in all domains Importance of reading to children from birth Games parents can play with their child to stimulate healthy growth and development

Parents will receive: Giving Your Child a handbook LearningGames© Birth to 12 Months book and a children’s board book CHP+ Child Health Insurance information.

12 months to 24 months: Importance of talking with, encouraging, and playing with your child Importance of reading to children every day Information on ways to enhance vocabulary development and positive interactions Games parents can play with their child to stimulate healthy growth and development

Parents will receive: LearningGames© 12 to 24 Months book Language Power handbook My First Picture Book Working Your Way Through the Child Care Maze booklet A local community resources guide A children’s board book CHP+ Child Health Insurance information

24 months to 36 months: Health, safety and an understanding of developmental milestones Importance of talking with, encouraging, and playing with a child Importance of “conversational reading” with a child every day Strategies and information on providing consistent, useful and positive guidance and discipline Games parents can play with their child to stimulate healthy growth and development

Parents will receive: Giving Your Child a Bright Beginning 24 -36 months handbook LearningGames© 24 to 36 Months book My Second Picture Book The Power of Positive Parenting handbook Working Your Way Through the Child Care Maze booklet Multi-media DVD (still in development) A local community resources guide A children’s board book CHP+ Child Health Insurance information

How the program works: Bright By Three has teamed up with FIRC to provide yearly home visits for parents with children prenatal to 3 years old in English and Spanish. Visits can be held in the home or at the FIRC office. The information covered in the visit is based on if the parent is expecting or the child’s age. There are three different visits available. You do NOT have to complete one visit in order to qualify for the next. Visits are free.

How to schedule a visit: To schedule a visit or for questions on Bright Beginnings contact FIRC at 970-455-0229 or email [email protected] For more information on the program please visit the official Bright Beginnings site. http://www.brightbeginningsco.org/