lluminate Colorado is proud to announce the newest addition to the Illuminating Child Care mobile child care classroom family, Luna!

Following a week of driver training for Early Childhood Teachers, Luna’s first day serving children and families was on December 15th at Health Solutions Family Center in Pueblo, Colorado. Luna will be able to travel to wherever services are needed, replacing Honey in Denver, Caramel in Pueblo, or Acorn in the San Luis Valley whenever an on site child care classroom requires maintenance and is temporarily unavailable. 

Often, in the event that a mobile child care classroom is unavailable, sites do not have space within their own facilities for the team to provide child care for families. The addition of Luna to the mobile child care classroom fleet will ensure that Illuminating Child Care can provide consistent services to families across Colorado who are working to address complex issues impacting their family, like mental health concerns, substance use disorders, or employment challenges. Families love Illuminating Child Care because– in addition to the high-quality child care– the mobile child care classrooms offer a unique experience. The ability to have Luna wherever a classroom is needed will help Illuminating Child Care to provide a consistent and positive child care experience for Colorado families.  

The artwork on Luna showcases five little owl students and an owl teacher. This is a testament to the low student-to-teacher ratio in Illuminating Child Care classrooms. You can see similar images in the artwork on Honey, Caramel, and Acorn.

Another exciting feature on Luna is the ability to create additional space in the back of the classroom. The area can be expanded with jigsaw floor pieces to allow space for the older children to play and engage in gross motor activities.

Early Childhood Teachers on Luna provide up to three hours of free child care per day for children while caregivers receive the support they need to strengthen their families. Luna will serve families with children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old in Pueblo and the San Luis Valley, and families with children 6 weeks to 3 years old in Denver. No matter the age, Early Childhood Teachers are providing high-quality child care, addressing every child’s physical, emotional, and social needs. 

Illuminating Child Care Early Childhood Teachers are trained to provide developmental planning services to families to ensure that every child is receiving the support they need to thrive. 

After about two weeks with Illuminating Child Care, families begin to work with teachers to complete the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, which helps to identify any areas where children may need extra support. Teachers in Denver also provide navigation services to families, connecting them with community resources they may need, such as food, housing, and long-term child care. 

Illuminate Colorado couldn’t be more excited to have Luna join the Illuminating Child Care fleet, increasing the team’s capacity to strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment across Colorado.

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