Youth & Education | Helping Kids Succeed


GOAL: to make quality early childhood education and childcare more available and affordable for working families throughout Routt County

We believe:

  • All families should have access to adequate childcare
  • All families should have access to sufficient resources to help pay for childcare
  • All children should have access to quality Pre-K experiences.


  • At any given time there are only 40 slots for infant child center care in Routt County for approximately 450 babies. (Family Development Center)
  • 90 to 100% chance of developmental delays when children experience 5 to 6  risk factors. (Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University)


  • RCUW has provided $1.2 million to early childhood education since 2000.
  • Last year 90 at-risk, low income children were able to enroll in early childhood education
  • 97% of 4 year olds in Routt County who are attending early learning programs are ready for Kindergarten (First Impressions of Routt County)

Kids Count in Colorado 2014 Report

At-Risk Youth

GOAL: to address the challenges facing young people, up to age 21, who are at-risk of not being successful in education, work or family/social relationships due to economic, physical/medical, emotional or social situations that exist in their lives.

We Believe

All at-risk youth in Routt County will receive services.


  • 1 in 5 Routt County High School students (or 22%) reported binge-drinking in the past month*
  • 17% of Routt County High School seniors admit to driving drunk and 20% admitted to driving stoned*
  • 13% of RC HS students seriously considered attempting suicide in the past 12 months*
  • Youth that are involved in extracurricular activities including service and civic engagement are less likely to engage in risky behaviors.  Youth that are engaged in service activities are more likely to be responsible, productive adult citizens.
    *(2012-13 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, Routt County Report)


  • RCUW programs touches 70% of the youth in Routt County
  • More opportunities for youth to be engaged: Oak Creek Recreation Department Teen program, North Routt Charter School, Hayden Totally Kids, more youth with mentors, big growth with Boys & Girls Club, creation of the Routt County Youth Services Coalition
  • More youth with an increased sense of civic engagement and decision making skills.
  • More youth engaged in meaningful activities that teach youth to be productive, engaged adults.

Resources for parents

As the parent of a child 0-8, you want to know about accessible, high-quality and affordable options for childcare and preschool in Routt County. You’d like support in being the best advocate for your child when she or he starts school. And, you want age-specific information on the development and learning that takes place at such a rapid pace in the early years of life. Call the Family Development Center to get a full listing of childcare options in our county.  The Newborn and Child Care Network can be reached at 970-879-5973.  Click on the logos of the organizations below and get easy access to more resources.


Qualistar Colorado Child Care Resource and Referral

agencies offer a free statewide online child care search and referral line just for parents – providing a direct, one-stop source for Colorado families looking for quality child care. It’s quick, easy, and FREE: click here or call 1-877-338-2273 to find child care providers in your area today!

Qualistar offers additional resources to support your growing family »

Department of Human Services/OEC

unnamedColorado Early Learning Guidelines:
The Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines provide practical tips and points of reference that anyone can use to help kids grow.

Print these tip sheets to help you understand more about child development and what you can do to help.