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Our Impact

The impact that Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families has on our community is considerable, as is evident in these 2018 statistics:

  • 61 percent of licensed childcare providers in Mesa County participated in quality improvement programming with PCF through the Colorado Shines rating program.
  • 550 children were enrolled in PCF’s early literacy programs. Annually, these children show an approximate 8 percent increase in literacy skills.
  • 262 early childhood professionals worked with PCF to obtain credentials recognizing their increased early childhood expertise, a 26 percent increase over the previous year.
  • PCF provided access to 328 hours of professional development for early childhood professionals.

Stories of impact

Supporting Quality Improvement Through Colorado Shines

PCF coaches are experts at providing resources, guidance and cheerleading to providers on the path of quality improvement. Hear how one preschool teacher and her school worked their way to the highest rating in the Colorado Shines system.

Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators

Ongoing education is an important part of a childcare provider’s development. PCF and its partners have made it easier for providers to advance their education, leading to better care for our community’s children.

Supporting Current and Future Early Childhood Care Providers

Patty and Pat Garner run a family childcare home in Grand Junction that’s open 24/7. It’s a lifesaver for parents who work evenings and nights. PCF helped Patty access professional development training online—allowing her to keep the childcare center open and avoid a serious inconvenience to families.

Working with Local School Districts to Advance Early Childhood Education

In addition to helping early childhood care providers, PCF is also working with all three school districts in Mesa County by offering coaching to teachers and literacy kits to families.

Increasing Childcare Access

By 2022, Mesa County Public Health and its partners, including PCF, aim to increase available childcare slots to 8,000—nearly doubling the available spots as of 2018.

For more examples and information about PCF’s programming and impact over the years, please visit our reports and publications page to check out our annual reports.