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The Cripple Creek Rehab & Wellness Center will begin to host training classes in September 2005 for people wishing to become certified nursing assistants.

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.

PeaceBuilders initiative begins

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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   Community  of   Caring

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 Aspen Mine Center.

Got kids?  Check out these free resources for families

By Mary Barron

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   behavior   problems

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 Build-A-Generation.

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.
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