From a mobile preschool to adult education and peer mentoring, Valley Settlement’s programs are designed by and for the community they serve.
Valley Settlement has a network of programs that weave together to support the whole family. Many participants are involved in more than one program. They build a network of connections that last well beyond the span of a program year.
In 2011, bilingual and bicultural community organizers interviewed over 300 Latinx immigrant families in the Roaring Fork Valley, listening to their needs, struggles, barriers, and dreams. Organizers also interviewed community service organizations who often described the Latinx population as ‘difficult to reach.’ From these conversations, Valley Settlement developed two programs to address pressing needs for preschool education and build connections between Latinx families and the schools: El Busesito Preschool and Parent Mentor. Each of these programs evolved over time, and staff listened to participants to launch new programs. Currently, Valley Settlement has six 2Gen programs serving families in the Valley.
Our Family Support Team offers wraparound services to all of our program participants.
Learning with Love
48 parents and their toddlers attend classes and receive home visits using the Parents As TeachersⓇ curriculum.
El Busesito Preschool
Three mobile preschool buses deliver high-quality, bilingual education to 96 children in neighborhoods up and down the Valley.
Originally created to build a bridge between Latinx families and the schools, Parent Mentors dedicate over 15,000 volunteer hours annually to elementary school students.
100 adult learners take courses in English, Spanish literacy, computer skills, math, and more. Parents report that they are better able to help their children with homework, and that they feel more involved in the community.
Family, Friends and Neighbors
Informal care providers commit to this two-year training and home visiting program, improving safety and quality of care for over 140 children in the Roaring Fork Valley.
A research project co-created with University of Colorado, Boulder. Peer “compañeras” are trained to provide peer mentoring. Alma is informed by an evidence-based approach called Behavioral Activation and is used as a lens to offer in-home support to mothers experiencing perinatal depression.
Family Support Team
Our dedicated Family Support Team offers wraparound services to all Valley Settlement participants. Family Navigators conduct home visits, assist families in times of crisis, and provide important one-on-one support to connect families with the resources they need to thrive.
How do we know our programs work? The evaluation process is rigorous and completed each year by an outside consultant. We measure behavior change, and use this data to continually improve programs.