Youth Education and Childcare

The Center Early Childhood Programs

(The Center)

Our mission is to serve and respect children and families by providing research-based early childhood services that promote the development of knowledge, life skills and self-esteem.

Mary Cannell
(719) 486-6928
315 West 6th Street
Leadville, CO 80461
mcannell@lakecountyschools.net
Cost: varies
Languages: English & Spanish
Times: Mon.-Fri., 6:30am-5:30pm
Program/Service Access: Children ages 3-5, especially low-income families. Families must apply for the following school year starting on March 1. Applications are accepted mid-year. The Center typically has a waiting list for all programs.
The Center, a comprehensive family center, was developed through a collaboration of community agencies by the Lake County School District in 1988. The Center operates many programs for children ages 3 to 13.Head Start is an integral part of many Early Childhood Programs that operate within The Center. The Center is licensed for 132 children ages 3 to 5 years of age. The building is open 11 hours a day during the school year, providing preschool services to a significant number of the county’s four year-old population. The program allows parents to commute long distances to work knowing that their children are well cared for. The Early Childhood programs and funding sources which are used in the operation of the building are Head Start, Colorado Preschool Program, Special Education, Colorado Child Care Assistance program (CCCAP), program tuition and private foundation monies.The Center is able to offer affordable childcare rates through its system of braided funding. Each program collaborates with the others, allowing for the best possible services for all children and families. Preschool children are integrated into 8 classrooms with 35% of our children English Language Learners. Head Start has a higher ELL enrollment of 47%. Each classroom is staffed with two teachers. Bi-lingual aides and support staff are assigned to various classrooms as needed.


Concurrent Enrollment

(Colorado Mountain College)

Kelly Hofer
(719) 486-6972
901 S. Hwy 24 Leadville Colorado 80461,
New Discovery Building #114
khofer@coloradomtn.edu
Cost: free up to 2 courses per semester
Languages: English and Spanish
Times: varies
Program/Service Access: Participation is student-specific but typically students are Juniors and Seniors. Classes must be guaranteed to transfer to other colleges in the state; students must earn a “C” or better in the course. .

(Lake County School District)

Julie McMurry
(719) 486-6972
1000 W. 4th
Leadville, Co. 80461
jmcmurry@lakecountyschools.net
Cost: free up to 2 courses per semester
Languages: English
Times: varies
Program/Service Access: Participation is student-specific but typically students are Juniors and Seniors. Classes must be guaranteed to transfer to other colleges in the state; students must earn a “C” or better in the course. Interested students should contact Julie McMurry, High School Guidance Counselor.



Project Dream 21st Century Community Learning Center

Susan Fishman
(719) 486-6844
1000 W. 6th Street
Leadville, CO 80461
sfishman@lakecountyschools.net
Cost: none
Languages: English & Spanish
Times: LCHS and LCMS, Monday-Thursday from 4-6 pm
Program/Service Access: Program/Service Access: Project Dream 21st Century Community Learning Centers at West Park Elementary School, Lake County Middle School, and Lake County High School engages families, school staff and our community to provide students with a variety of enriching activities, positive relationships, and tools for greater social and academic success.
Project Dream offers daily after-school programs for K-12 students including homework help, academic enrichment activities, arts and music classes, and recreational clubs.


DOOR

(Lake County School District)

A competency, project based and computer based alternatives to classroom instruction leading to a Lake County High School diploma.

Mona Cloys
(719) 486-6980
1000 West 4th Street
Leadville, CO 80461
Cost: none
Languages: English
Times: Mon. – Thurs. from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Fri. from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Program/Service Access: Youth ages 17 to 21 that wish to obtain their diploma but are unable to do so in a regular classroom/high school setting for various reasons are eligible for the program. Any student that has withdrawn from high school may apply for the DOOR Program. Students currently enrolled in high school need a referral from the principal or counselor. Students must complete all graduation requirements by the age of 21.


Lake County Early Childhood Council

The ECC can assist parents in choosing an appropriate type of childcare and referring parents to quality childcare in Lake County. It also provides guidance for providers wishing to become licensed.

Mary Cannell, Vice Chair
mcannell@lakecountyschools.net
Cost: none
Languages: English
Times:
Program/Service Access: Parents should call or email for assistance.
Mission Statement: The Lake County Early Childhood Council represents families, professionals and community partners to promote and support early childhood services through advocacy, education and collaboration.
Purpose: The Lake County Early Childhood Council is a network of support for early childhood services for children up to age 12 with the purpose of identifying community needs, gaps in services, seeking solutions to those needs and gaps, while identifying collaboration across agencies in order to avoid duplication of services and maximize resources.


Morning Star Child Care

(Morning Star Child Care)

Offers safe, educational, and loving care for children age one to five years.

Kris DeVargas
Director
(719) 486-1211
230 E. 5th Street
Leadville, CO 80461
morningstarcc@gmail.com

Cost:
$37/day for age 1-3,  $35/day age 4-5; drop-in rate is $30 for 5 hours or less & $50 for a full day.
Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) accepted.
Licensed by the State of CO.
Languages:  English and Spanish
Times: Mon.-Fri. 7 am-6 pm

Program/Service Access: register
Programs include: Toddler, Preschool, and Junior Kindergarten
Morning Star Child Care opened September 2005. It is licensed for 30 children. Professional and trained teaching staff.  Low teacher/student ratios.  Open year around for the working parent!  At Morning Star Child Care children are gently encouraged to discover their individual strengths and unique talents. We believe that each child possesses a marvelous capacity to learn. Learning is best accomplished in a place that is emotionally secure, physically safe, and fun! For photos and additional information visit our web site