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We work with several community organizations and partners to help meet the needs of our families. Here are several of the resources that we utilize and refer families to throughout the year:
- A Precious Child: Provides clothing and other household goods for families.
- Community Table: Provides food pantry assistance to local families 12 times per year. Must live in their service area to qualify. Also provides educational programming, GED assistance, and emergency food assistance.
- Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP): Provides financial assistance to eligible, low-income families who need child care benefits for children from birth to age 12 or children with additional care needs under the age of 19.
- Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC): Provides resources and person-centered service coordination for children and adults with developmental disabilities in Jefferson, Clear Creek, Gilpin and Summit counties in Colorado. Also provides a full range of in-home supports, independent and supported home settings, and vocational and employment services to children, adults, and adults with developmental disabilities.
- Family Tree: Provides services designed to end child abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness. Also administers Safe Care, which offers in-home services that support, mentor, and empower at-risk families in understanding the health, development, and safety needs of their young children (geared for 0 to 5 years of age)
- Jeffco Serving Kids: Provide clothing for children in all Jeffco Schools and Head Starts.
- Jeffco Prosperity Partners (JPP): Housed within the Arvada Head Start building, provides ongoing case management and educational goal-setting with Head Start families after they leave Head Start.
- Jefferson Center for Mental Health (JCMH): Offers a full range of services and resources to support the mental health of children, youth and families.
- Jefferson County Human Services: Includes SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, Child Support Enforcement, the PEAK system to apply for benefits, and more!
- Let’s Connect: Provides parenting classes on-site at our Arvada Head Start campus that help caregivers identify and respond to children’s emotional needs in a way that builds connection and warmth and promotes children’s emotional competence (e.g., emotion regulation, empathy) and sense of emotional security.
- Sensory Pathways: Offers pediatric, occupational, and physical therapy from caring staff therapists.
- Sock it To ‘Em Sock Campaign: Provides hundreds of pairs of donated socks for children in our program.
- Sweet Dream in a Bag: Provides bedding to families who are transitioning out of homelessness and/or into more stable housing.
- The ARC: Provides support and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
- Underwearness: Provides hundreds of pairs of donated underwear for children in our program.
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): Housed at the Arvada Head Start campus, WIC provides access to healthy food, nutrition education, and breastfeeding guidance. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or are a caregiver to a child under the age of five, you can get personalized support for yourself and your family at Jefferson County WIC.