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Community Partners

We value collaboration with a broad spectrum of people and perspectives to move towards our goals together. This important work is made possible by a collection of community partners.

Mesa County Public Health

Mesa County Public Health, formed in 1948, provides a wide range of public and environmental health services to Mesa County residents and, in some programs, the region. Services include health education, data analysisdisease surveillance and responseair quality, restaurant inspectionschild care licensingwater qualityimmunizationsfamily planningWICbirth and death recordsNurse-Family PartnershipSafeCareMedicaid and CHP+specialty clinics and care coordination. Learn more about Mesa County Public Health here.

Mesa County Valley School District 51

Mesa County Valley School District 51 is the largest school district on the Western Slope of Colorado and the 14th largest school district in the state. Their boundaries stretch from the Utah border to Palisade, from the Bookcliff Mountain Range down to Whitewater and Gateway. Each day, nearly 3,000 employees serve 22,000 students in 46 of our schools & programs. Learn more about District 51 here.

Community Hospital

Community Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado, is a full-service, acute care hospital licensed for 60 beds. As part of the Colorado West Healthcare System, we are a Level III Trauma Center that offers full outpatient diagnostic services and inpatient care for the Western Slope region of Colorado and eastern Utah. Community Hospital brings together expert staff and world-class technology in a healing, family-centered environment. Learn more about Community Hospital here.

Early Learning Ventures

Early Learning Ventures is the grantee for two Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CCP) awards, which are spread across six Colorado counties. The EHS-CCP model disperses slots among 45 licensed child care facilities. This communal approach allows for further spread of the Early Head Start program philosophies, with those 350 slots estimated to indirectly impact an additional 3,500 children. Their cloud-based child care management system, Alliance CORE, has everything needed to run this wider iteration of Early Head Start funding. Learn more about Early Learning Ventures here.

Hilltop Family Resource Center

Because PCF has chosen not to seek 501(c)(3) status, one of its primary partners is its fiscal and human resources sponsor, Hilltop Community Resources. For 70 years, Western Colorado has turned to Hilltop for compassionate and comprehensive human services. They put people first and give them the tools and support they need to face life’s challenges. Their wide-ranging programs offer real world solutions designed to give people of all ages a chance at long-lasting success. Learn more about Hilltop’s Family Resource Center here.

Mesa County Libraries

Mesa County Libraries enrich lives and build community through opportunities to learn, discover, create, and connect. Their offerings have surpassed book lending and have grown to include hosting events, facilitating interactive learning experiences, renting passes for outdoor recreational opportunities and so much more. Learn more about Mesa County Libraries here.

Colorado Northwestern Community College

Colorado Northwestern Community College enhances people’s lives by providing an accessible, affordable, quality education. Their Early Childhood Education program is staffed by professionals who not only have impressive credentials, but extensive experience in the field. Their unique web-based approach to teaching Early Childhood basics is ideal for adults who are not only committed to learning, but to taking care of kids themselves. Learn more about CNCC here.


STRiVE provides community-based services and supports to individuals with disabilities and their families. STRiVE offers a coordinated spectrum of care and support services that range from minimal to around-the-clock assistance for people with all levels of intellectual, physical and mental challenges. STRiVE’s mission is support people who strive to meet their full potential. STRiVE is a partnership of people supporting people. Learn more about STRiVE here.

Mind Springs Health

Mind Springs Health is the Western slope’s largest behavioral health care organization. They treat a large scope of behavioral health care needs, from prevention services like Mental Health First Aid courses and their Positive Psychology/Resiliency program, to outpatient services and in-community services like school-based mental health initiatives. Mind Springs Health is also associated with West Springs Hospital, a private not-for-profit psychiatric hospital and the only one on the western slope. Learn more about Mind Springs Health here.


MarillacHealth provides a wide scope of primary health care services to all Mesa County residents regardless of income or insurance status. Established in 1988, MarillacHealth offers their patients a “healthcare home,” a place where they can come for ALL their healthcare needs. MarillacHealth accepts Medicaid, Medicare, CICP, uninsured and some commercial insurance. A sliding scale discount program is available to anyone and is based on family income and household size. Learn more about MarillacHealth here.

Mesa County Department of Human Services

The Mesa County Department of Human Services provides multiple services to the citizens of Mesa County. DHS employs and/or contracts approximately 250 employees, providing supportive or direct services to clients with a $24 million budget. Of the $24 million, 17-19% is county share, the rest being state/federal funds. MCDHS administers state and federal programs locally to Mesa County residents. These programs are administered pursuant to state and federal statutes and guidelines. Learn more about the Mesa County Department of Human Services here.

Early Childhood Network

The Early Childhood Network is a non-profit organization that promotes the availability of quality, affordable early childhood education, and provides access to childcare information and resources for Mesa, Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties. They offer individual quality-improvement coaching and assessment to childcare center staff and in-home providers, and to provide families with free referrals to licensed childcare facilities while educating them on the importance of understanding quality childcare indicators. Learn more about Early Childhood Network here.

Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center

The Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center offers business consulting and training that maximizes the economic potential of entrepreneurs. Experts are available to provide virtual, one-on-one consultation on business needs to licensed child care providers, centers and homes, at no cost. The focus of the consultation will be individualized to the provider’s needs, but may include things such as building a budget or seeking financial support. Learn more about SBDC here.

Western Colorado Community College

Western Colorado Community College is committed to student success and offers an Early Childhood Education (ECE) program provides students with a foundation for working with children (birth to age eight) in a variety of settings. Our faculty offer one-on-one guidance for course selection, field placements, student teaching and employment. Students complete their degree by completing a student teaching in an early childhood classroom. Learn more about WCCC here.