About The Family Center/La Familia
Since 1995, The Family Center/La Familia has served as Larimer County’s only early childhood and family resource center. As one of 32 family resource centers in the state, TFC/LF provides high quality early childhood education (ECE) to over 100 children annually whose parents work and attend school, extensive crisis response and family support services as well as leadership and policy opportunities to more than 400 families annually. With over one third of the staff at TFC/LF being immigrants and native Spanish speakers, and over half being bilingual, TFC/LF is a trusted and safe place for immigrant and Latinx families and is looked to by the Fort Collins and surrounding community as a leader in equity work. The early childhood center, El Nidito, was opened in 2000, in response to the community’s desire for affordable and accessible early childhood education and remains one of only two nonprofit ECE centers in the County.
Adopted by the board of directors in 2018 with extensive input from staff, families and the community, the mission of The Family Center/La Familia (TFC/LF) is:
Working alongside diverse families we provide high quality childcare and supportive services, with an emphasis on cultural attunement with the Latinx community.
This work is done with an explicit vision of creating a community in which all families are safe, supported, and thriving. In addition to the mission and vision, there are six core values that guide the work and are clearly defined as follows:
Inspiring confidence and mutual respect creates a foundation for reliable support and good stewardship.
Every person has inherent dignity and is worthy of respect and empathy.
Non-dominant cultures, identities, perspectives, and experiences are celebrated, embraced, and inform direction.
The structural, cultural, and relational inequities experienced by oppressed groups must be courageously recognized and dismantled.
All people feel welcome, valued, and empowered to contribute to, and participate in, community.
Loving, healthy relationships are critical for children in the first five years of life and benefit the child, the family, and the entire community.