Red Rocks Community College
News Release

More information: Kimberly Rein
June 9, 2009

RRCC Receives Children’s Champion Award for Early Childhood Programmingt

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) was honored last week with a 2009 Children’s Champion Award by Triad Early Childhood Council. The Council, formed under the Colorado State Legislation, is a partnership of public and private agencies, parents, and service providers who service young children and their families.  The council targets prenatal through age eight and focuses on physical health, mental health, early learning, and family support.  The award goes to organizations or individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving the quality, access, and availability of early childhood services throughout Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties.


“Red Rocks is honored to be recognized for our child care programs,” said Patricia Bolton, director of RRCC’s Child Care Innovations department. “This award demonstrates our commitment to serving our community by improving the quality and access of early childhood services.”


The Child Care Innovations department provides child care resource and referral services, training, recruitment, and other support services for child care providers, licensing of child care facilities, quality improvement grants to child care programs, child care subsidies for families in crisis, and provides coordination and staffing for the Triad Early Childhood Council.


In addition to offering college credit courses for early learning professionals, RRCC offers a unique array of services that demonstrate a commitment to “life-long learning” that begins at the earliest years of life. The college has served as the fiscal agent for the Triad Early Childhood Council since the original legislation establishing the Consolidated Child Care Pilots, and continues to provide in-kind services to support the work of the council.


Through RRCC’s School Age Child Care programming, annual averages of 600-650 children are served at 14 elementary school sites. The Children’s Center at Red Rocks Community College serves an annual average of 80-90 families, and is a provider of services through the Colorado preschool program. The college subsidizes indirect costs of the center, and the center serves as a lab training site for ECE students.


Since 1969, Red Rocks Community College has delivered quality education to students of all ages and backgrounds. RRCC offers more than 300 programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates and serves over 14,000 students per year at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.


RRCC Receives "Children's Champion Award" for Childcare Innovations
(From left to right) Molly McNally Dunn, Peggy Morgan, Pat Bolton,
Michele Haney, Kathleen DeVries, Sue Barnett, Kris Robledo



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