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For Providers

Quality early learning options require a qualified, fairly compensated early childhood workforce. First Impressions works to ensure safe, nurturing, and engaging early learning environments are a choice for all of Routt County’s young children.

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Colorado shines Resource Guide

Whether you are brand new or have been participating in Colorado Shines over the past five years, this helpful guide has a variety of important, updated documents you may need during your quality improvement journey. It is meant to be a user’s manual to help you accomplish all you need to do in Colorado Shines.


Click here to view the Colorado Shines guide.

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Professional Development Scholarship

Interested in enrolling in a college level Early Childhood Education class? Working towards an undergraduate degree in ECE?


Click here for more information and how to apply for the scholarship.

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Opening a Child Care Program/Home

Interested in opening a child care program or becoming a family child care provider?


Click here to Learn more about FCCH or contact Pamela Nebel:


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Universal Preschool UPK

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Monthly provider meeting

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ECE open positions

Providers will participate once they have registered and created a profile within the Universal Preschool Colorado application system.

Providers must be licensed to provide services for preschoolers and must sign a provider service agreement.

Contact Meg Franges to begin your registration process.

Want to learn more about UPK? Visit the CDEC website by clicking here. 

First Impressions host monthly meetings with all child care providers. This is a great opportunity to learn about funding available, updates and more. We meet the second Tuesday of every month from 2:30pm to 4:00pm. Virtual and in person options are available. 

Contact Pamela to be added to the list.

Looking for a job in ECE?

Follow this link to see the open positions in Routt County

Do you have an open position for ECE at your center? Contact Pamela ​to be featured in our website.

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Fatherhood Program

The Fatherhood Program of Routt County (FPRC) provides education, support and builds community for area dads to meet these changing demands so they and their families, can thrive.


Contact Andrew Boness if you would like to take advantage of this free program.

Learn more about Fatherhood Program

Phone: 970-870-5289 - ext. 289

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Collaborative Management program (CMP)

CMP serves families directly through Individualized Service and Support Teams and indirectly through financial support. ISSTs work as a prevention measure by bringing agencies together to create an integrated support plan to ensure families can access and receive necessary supports to prevent child abuse and neglect. 


Contact Liz Kuker for support or questions regarding multi-system support planning, resource navigation, funding assistance and planning, and family goal setting support.

Learn more about CMP program

Phone: 970-819-1791

Early Childhood Career Pathways in Colorado

ECCLA’s Early Childhood Career Pathway Tool! This resource is designed to support individuals seeking careers in Colorado’s Early Childhood Profession. Whether you are just beginning your journey or advancing in the profession, this tool will provide you with valuable information, resources, and guidance to help you navigate career pathways. 

Interested? Click here to Lear more about ECCLA'S career pathway!

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