ACECC is a Baby Box Distributor

We are a proud partner of the Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation's Best Start Program.  As part of this program, we've provided over 50 baby boxes to babies throughout our community since the kick-off last July.  Find out more about the program and how to receive your free baby box at

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Shaylee Smith
SafeCare Colorado Families Celebration at the Zoo!

ACECC, in partnership with Savio House and Family Tree, hosted a celebration at the Denver Zoo for SafeCare© Colorado families.  Taking place, the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend, this FREE event offered families a unique opportunity to spend valuable quality time together.  In addition to free admission to the Zoo for the day, families enjoyed the opportunity to ride the carousel, meet and greet animals up close and personal, get their faces painted, and eat lunch!   

This event was open to graduates, current families, and families interested in participating in the SafeCare© Colorado program with the hope of facilitating family support within the program.  Families and staff attending the event expressed the value meeting with families at different stages of the SafeCare© program. 

There were 74 families for a grand total of 499 people in attendance.  Many of whom had never had the opportunity to visit the zoo before and were excited to share the experience with their families.  It is our goal to continue building strong relationships with the families currently involved in SafeCare©, and to reach out to the new families we met at the event. 

We’d like to extend our gratitude to the Colorado Office of Early Childhood and the Denver Zoo.

The Denver Zoo was a fantastic partner for the event, providing food, fun, and friendly service to all who attended the event.  Additionally, the event would not have been possible without the support of the Colorado Office of Early Childhood SafeCare© Colorado program. 

Shaylee Smith
It's Here...The Week of the Young Child!

Every year, the National Association for the Education of Young Children celebrates the Week of the Young Child (WOYC).  This year's celebration is April 16-20, 2018.  We invite you to join the celebration, by enjoying the young children in your life, and their caregivers throughout the WOYC!

During the week, each day has a fun theme to inspire your festivities!

Musical Monday! April 16, 2018

More than just a time to get your wiggles out, music helps your child learn about math and literacy as well!

Tasty Tuesday! April 17, 2018

From reading a recipe and measuring out ingredients, to menu planning and shopping for new foods, cooking with your child teaches them about culture, literacy, math, and healthy choices!

Work Together Wednesday! April 18,2018

Start a project together.  Children will develop communication and problem solving during co-operative tasks!

Artsy Thursday! April 19,2018

Set aside time to create with your child.  Provide open ended materials and allow your child to engage in the creative process.

Family Friday! April 20,2018

Spending time with your family strengthens social bonds that last a lifetime.  Children learn about themselves and their culture through their families, so dedicate time to teach them.  Share stories and pictures from the past, enjoy family meals together, or just play!

For more ideas about how to celebrate the WOYC visit

Shaylee Smith
ACECC Annual Quality Forum

The ACECC Annual Quality Forum was held April 7, 2018 at the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services. Kaplan Early Learning Company sponsored the Keynote presentation by Steve Erwin on Stress and Challenging Behavior. Participants learned how triggers that produce stress in adults also cause stress in children. Steve kept participants engaged and entertained throughout the session.

Other topics for the day included Quality Outdoor Learning Environments, Nurturing Early Brain Development in Partnership with Families, Relationships and Interactions, Positive Behavior Support and Social, Emotional Functioning in Young Children.

Thank you to Kaplan Early Learning Company, Developmental Pathways and our presenters; Lisa Matter, Anna Primavera, Daryl Hitchcock, Shannon Hall and Dr. Amanda Kelly.

It was a great day of professional development!

Shaylee Smith
Child Abuse Prevention Month Kick Off Rally at the Capitol

ACECC staff members attended the kick off rally at the Colorado State Capitol on April 3rd in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month.   Join us during the month of April (and beyond!) as we continue to get the word out about child abuse prevention throughout our community!

Shaylee Smith
Support Pinwheels for Prevention During the Month of April

ACECC proudly participates in CO4Kids and Illuminate Colorado’s Pinwheels Campaign.  Pinwheels are nationally recognized as the symbol - invoking whimsical innocence- for child abuse prevention, and are planted across the country throughout the month of April.  The campaign works to engage communities in supporting healthy, happy, and thriving families and preventing child maltreatment.  Every year in April ACECC plants pinwheel gardens throughout our community in support of this great campaign.  We invite you to join the movement and show your support too!

Ways to get involved:

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Shaylee Smith
Winter Wellness Fun

ACECC’s 2018 Family Winter Wellness Fair was held on Saturday, February 24th at the Arapahoe County Human Services – CentrePoint Plaza building and was a huge success! Twenty community organizations partnered with us in hosting information tables and together, we served over 200 children and family members of our community. Free bicycles were given away to local children, many of whom also received free oral health, vision, and/or hearing screenings. The kids also enjoyed face painting, balloon animals, and many other fun activities provided by our community partners. ACECC wishes to sincerely thank all of those who attended as well as our partners who participated. See you in 2019!

Shaylee Smith
Celebrate Children's Dental Health Month

February is National Children's Dental Health Month and what better way to celebrate than with Free dental care!  Give Kids A Smile is an American Dental Association program to help celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month in February.

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Shaylee Smith
Taxathon 2018

The Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments is offering free tax assistance during Taxathon 2018.

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Shaylee Smith
Introducing Enhanced Home Visitation at ACECC

ACECC is excited to announce our new Enhanced Home Visiting Project made possible through a Community First Foundation Grant.  In a partnership with Parent Possible, we will be able to provide more support our home visitors.  Home visitors will receive additional training, group reflective supervision and access to a mental health consultant.  The goal of this three-year project is to provide home visitors with even more strategies to help them support the families they serve. 

Shaylee Smith
It's a New Year and We Have a New Look!

Welcome to our new website!  For the past few months we’ve been working to create an easy way for our visitors (like you) to connect to the resources available to them.  Our hope for the new website, is that it connects visitors to the supports – provided by the council and our partners – they are looking for.  Because we believe that collaboration is essential for the development and delivery of innovative, sustainable, and effective programs and services, our new website features quick links to our community partners and resources.  Additional new features include online registration through our interactive Training Calendar, and access to this blog. 

Sign-up for our new quarterly newsletter to keep in touch with us throughout the year, and see what we are up to.

Shaylee Smith