The Cripple Creek Rehab & Wellness
Center will begin to host training classes in
September 2005 for people wishing to become certified nursing
Pikes Peak Mental Health, the primary
provider of counseling services for local people covered by
Medicaid, is adding psychiatric services on Thursdays,
half-days in Woodland Park, beginning Oct. 13, 2005.
TESSA has renewed funding in its efforts
against domestic violence and is supporting efforts to bring a
safehouse to Woodland Park within about a year.
The Teller Pregnancy Resource Center is
installing an ultrasound machine at its Woodland Park office
in September 2005.
Teller DSS has a new leader: Lloyd D.
Malone, M.P.A., is the department’s new director.
In addition to training
school staff in techniques to prevent bullying, and
teach-ing children to speak up and report the
intimidation, the schools will also hold trainings for
parents and service organizations in the community.
“If we can do it community-wide it will be even
better,” Gray said. “If we’re all using the same
terms, it will have even more impact.” The PeaceBuilders
program uses a proven, research-based curriculum
that ties into the
values, Gray said.
The Community of Caring is a
character - building framework for schools
formalized by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Its core values
are caring, respect, responsibility, trust and family.
Art teacher Mary Bielz facilitated the Cripple Creek -
Victor schools’ becoming Community of Caring schools
several years ago and later also formed the Community of
Caring Foundation, the nonprofit organization behind the
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If you’ve ever wished you had that instruction manual
they say kids should come with, cheer up.
Among the wide range of services available through
the Community Partnership Family Resource Centers and
their associates is an in-depth parent-training course
for families of children ages 3-8. Childcare providers
are also welcome to enroll in the eight-session series
as part of fulfilling state training requirements. Best
of all, it’s free.
The Incredible Years Video & Discussion Series
has been held twice in Cripple Creek and will be again
next spring. Families usually start with a shared snack
provided at the Early Childhood Education Center at
Cresson Elementary. Then the children stay for
supervised play while the adults head to the high school
to learn ways to bring out the best in children and
practice strategies for solving any
that cause concern. The program is designed to help
young people grow up healthy, caring and responsible. In
Cripple Creek, the series
is co-sponsored by Gold Belt Communities
The same series is being offered this fall in
Woodland Park at Faith Lutheran Church, co-sponsored by
North Teller Build-A-Generation, with childcare provided
at the church. That training, from 6:15-8:30 p.m., is on
Thursdays from Sept. 15 until Nov. 17, 2005.
Inviting childcare providers along with parents opens
another way for people to connect, said Vicky Maloney,
family services coordi-nator for Community Partnership.
“We need to stay connected,” she said. “We need to share
each other’s joys and frustrations.”
The Family Resource Center at the Aspen Mine Center
is staffed most of Wednesday and on Friday afternoon.
Another operates part-
time in the Divide Health Clinic building. Both
centers have lending libraries of children’s books,
videos and “Kid’s Kits” as well as resource books for
parents and teachers. Through grants, donations and
collaborations, the centers offer a menu of free
services for families.
A volunteer with Bright Beginnings / Warm Welcome
brings a gift to new babies during a homecoming visit
and shares tips on enhancing development along with
supportive information for new parents. To inquire, call
Teresa Mauter, 686-0705.
Playgroups for toddlers and preschoolers, including
a weekly group at the preschool at Cresson Elementary,
9-11 a.m. Fridays, co-sponsored by the preschool and
Teller Early Childhood Connections. Another is at the
Divide location, 9-10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesdays of each month.
A monthly calendar listing of events for families,
distributed around the county.