Parent Groups & Classes

Colorado Bright Beginnings

Our mission is to provide a bright beginning for all Colorado children by helping families support their children’s physical, emotional, and intellectual development during the critical first three years of life.

Christy Trujillo
(719) 293-0524
Cost: none
Languages: visits and materials in Spanish can be arranged
Times: by appointment or by attending a Colorado Bright Beginnings group presentation that is scheduled throughout the year
Program/Service Access: Anyone who is pregnant (and their partners) and parents/caregivers that have a child up to the age of 3
Colorado Bright Beginnings gives parents support and information, providing free and powerful tools designed for newborns through toddlers in both English and Spanish. The Colorado Bright Beginnings programs include a free set of valuable materials appropriate for each age level. Program A provides families with support and information on their child’s health and safety, child care, community resources, child and early brain development, health insurance and the importance of reading with children from birth. Program B helps parents to encourage language development by showing them how to provide a supportive environment and encouraging them to partner with their children on learning words. Program C gives parents information on how to provide positive guidance, discipline and a supportive environment that promotes early literacy, brain development, health and safety.

Eyes Wide Open

Lake County Build A Generation

A series of evening talks about issues important to parents of teens.

Katie Baldassar
(719) 486-4114
711 Harrison Ave., Ste. D1
P.O. Box 1302
Leadville, CO 80461
Cost: none
Languages: English & Spanish
Times: Programs are held two times a year, evenings, see the Leadville Herald or for details
Program/Service Access: drop-in, free dinner, translation and babysitting are provided for all attendees
This series brings in experts to discuss the latest issues in parenting teens. The 2010-11 series covered “Sexting,” “Healthy Relationships,” “Talking to your Teen about Sex,” “Beyond Sadness: Helping your Teen with Depression,” “What to do about Bullies,” and “Trends in Teenage Mischief: What you Should Know.” The series offers the latest information about issues affecting teens, evidence-based strategies for helping children through adolescence, and the opportunity to discuss parenting issues with other parents.

Full Circle Parenting Classes & Workshops

(Full Circle)

Provides English and Spanish-language parenting classes and workshops to support families.

Alice Pugh
(719) 486-2400
113 E. 5th St. | P.O. Box 622
Leadville, CO 80461
Cost: none
Languages: English & Spanish
Times: Classes are offered during the evenings at different times throughout the year, childcare is provided. Classes are offered in English and Spanish.
Program/Service Access: Parents should register for classes as they are offered. Visit for more information.
“DARE to be You” is a 10-week parent education curriculum for parents & their elementary/pre-school age kids about anger control, responsibility, sharing, being a friend, cooperation, etc. “Active Parenting of Teens” is a six-week parent education curriculum on open communication, nonviolent discipline, and mutual respect.JUNTOS is a series of free workshops on how to help your child get through High School and post High School educational options. For parents of High School age children, available in Spanish and English.

Intermountain Nurse-Family Partnership

(Summit County Public Health)

A voluntary program for women having their first baby where a specially trained nurse will make house visits throughout the pregnancy and until the child is two years old.

Fran Jimenez (Spanish)
(970) 389-7058
Barb Marcum (English)
(970) 389-6457
505 Harrison Ave. | P.O. Box 145
Leadville, CO 80461
Cost: none
Languages: English & Spanish
Program/Service Access: any woman pregnant with their first child who meets the income requirement may enroll, other agencies and individuals may call to refer

Our Kids First

(CASA of the Continental Divide)

Class for parents who are in the process of divorce to lessen the impact on the involved children.

Kathy Reed, MSW, LCSW
(970) 513-9390
330 Fiedler Ave, Ste. 207
P.O. Box 2092
Dillon, CO 80435
Cost: $65 per person
Languages: English
Times: The class is on the third Saturday of the month from 9am-12pm.
Program/Service Access: call to sign up

Parent PAWS (Parents Active Within Schools)

(Lake County Build A Generation)

A Group of Lake County parents who are working on making our schools and community a better place for kids.

English: Rachelle Collins
Spanish: Julie Lundgren
(719) 486-4114
711 Harrison Ave., Ste. D1
P.O. Box 1302
Leadville, CO 80461
Cost: none
Languages: English & Spanish
Times: Meetings are held in the evening, once a month. Check the monthly calendar for the date each month. Contact Rachelle or Julie to subscribe to the monthly parent e-newsletter.
Program/Service Access: drop-in, babysitting is provided for all attendees
The PAWS group has several subcommittees working on different issues:
Pure Food, Pure Change: This subcommittee is joining forces with the school Wellness Teams. They have a variety of goals aimed to make school lunches healthier and include more physical activity within the schools.
Safe Routes to School: This group is mapping the school district walk zone and prioritizing improvements that will make it safer for children to walk or bike to school.
Teacher/Staff Appreciation: Join this rewarding and fun group to make sure our staff know how much they are appreciated!
Playgrounds: This group has raised over $267,000 toward a new playground at Lake County Middle School!  Next, we would like to form a group to work on West Park’s playground.
Art for Leadville:  This group is working to raise funds and inventory for the annual Art Show!
School Safety:  Parents working to keep kids safe at school and at bus stops.