Parent Resources

Monthly Newsletter: Parent Child Connection

A free monthly resource for all who work with young children. Our newsletter includes development appropriate tips for your young child, updates on EVICS and childcare issues in the Estes Valley, current events, and new ideas and activities for your entire family to enjoy together!

FREE Resource and Referral Services

EVICS offers free resources and referral services to parents and guardians searching for local, licensed childcare and preschool programs.  For more information and personalized assistance, contact EVICS.  Larimer county residents outside of the Estes Valley can visit the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County referral page (or call 1-877-338-2273), or Qualistar Colorado.

Use the Child Care Maze (en español) guide to help find and choose quality child care.

Average Cost of Care in Larimer County provides accurate cost averages of different child care options.

Parent Education

EVICS offers on-going parent support to families with young children through our  Parents as Teachers Program.  EVICS is an affiliate of the National Parent’s as Teachers Program  and is offered to the Estes Park community through two Parent Educators and a Bilingual Parent Educator.  Through the program, families meet with a Parent Educator once a month.  For more information, contact our Lead Parent Educator, Kristen Berg at

EVICS collaborates with other area agencies and organizations to offer parenting seminars and classes.  Check Programs & Events to see what’s coming up!

If you’re interested in becoming an effective leader in the community, the Colorado Family Leadership Training Institute provides an intensive program that integrates personal and child development, leadership training, civic literacy and civic participation skills.

The Pyramid Model, developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learningis being used across Colorado to support social emotional competence in infants and young children.  This site has many FREE RESOURCES for parents and caregivers.

EVICS Partner: Bright By Three

Bright by Three offers free home visits for parents with children ages  0-3.  Bright by Three also provides parents with information on growth and development, health and safety, and community resources. For more information visit their website

What is Bright by Text?

Bright by Text is a program for parents and caregivers of children under five that sends free activities, games, and resources right to your cell phone. Messages are targeted to your child’s age and include information on child development, language and early literacy, health and safety, behavioral tips, and more!

EVICS Partner: Vroom

Vroom translates the science behind the brain’s executive functions into easy, actionable tips and messages that encourage back and forth interaction between parents and their young children. By promoting awareness and importance of early brain development, Vroom seeks to turn every parent into an active brain-builder.

The program’s approach is simple:  meet parents and caregivers where they are, in places they already go, through trusted individuals and networks in their lives. Vroom reaches busy parents through mobile and digital technologies, and by leveraging household brands and entertainment channels as trusted messengers.

Parent Possible is the State Anchor for Vroom, providing training, leadership and guidance to partners and local program sites.

Parenting Pointers and Articles

For thorough information regarding tips, advice and further reading on parenting, click on and download the following links:

Brain Development

Children and Television

Choosing a Childcare Program

Communicating with Children

Dads make a difference


Does Time Out Work

Early Literacy

Healthy Eating Habits

Homework Routines

Ready to Read

Responsible Parenting

Safe Sleep

School & Home Connection

Screen Time

Self Esteem

Sibling Rivalry

Summer transitions

Teaching Children Manners