The Family Center/La Familia is seeking annual sponsors for 2021.
The COVID-19 public health crisis has had devastating effects across our community and the world. The childcare industry has been one of the most severely impacted with nearly half of centers across the country being forced to close their doors. Even those who have been able to re-open are serving significantly fewer children, with enrollment down 67% across the country. Without public assistance, many more childcare providers will close permanently.
Our Work in 2020
The pandemic did not stop us from delivering our services. Families needed our support more than ever so we got stronger, and more creative. We strengthened partnership and promoted unity.
Our center did temporarily close the early childhood program in mid-March. Despite the barriers, our El Nidito teachers stayed connected with families and fostered parenting support. Our staff is dedicated to providing high quality education!
In June, we re-opened out doors for early childhood education to support our working families with scholarships. Generous donors helped us level the playground and install a new, secure fence. Groups of hardworking volunteers cleaned up the community garden and improve the safety for our children.
By December, we were able to begin offering free COVID-19 testing to anyone in need through the state-approved Rapid Response Team.
The El Nidito Early Care and Education program, working together with community partners like the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County, has secured funding to enhance our early childhood mental health programming, which promotes social and emotional development in young children.
Our Family Support Services program has played a key role in delivering culturally appropriate information and has driven collective work to assist families with basic needs, utility assistance, and rent assistance. The program has directed great effort to advocating for housing stability. Family Support Services is gearing up to begin comprehensive work concerning mental health awareness among the Latinx population to produce recommendations to reduce stigma.
Our Community Engagement and Leadership program, Mi Voz, continues to advocate for fair housing policies. Through effective partnerships, residents in mobile home parks and the community at large have received education and resources regarding issues such as tenant rights and eviction prevention.
Community members are beginning to explore the creation of a Community Hub, as well as continuing to advocate for a community-led development process in the North College Corridor. Mi Voz has allowed community leaders to not only express their needs and concerns, but to celebrate their achievements!
Thank you for sharing our vision! We would not be able to develop this important work without your financial support. As we enter what is sure to be another challenging year, we want you to feel confident that your contribution will continue to improve our community.
Please consider sponsoring the work of The Family Center/La Familia in 2021.
Your Financial Donation Goes FURTHER with The Colorado Child Care Credit:
As added incentive for our Play it Forward donors, monetary donations also qualify for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit, which offers an additional deduction on your state income taxes. The CCTC applies to contributions of cash, to Colorado institutions that support child care for children under 12 and to certain approved charities. Under prior law, these contributions were deductible as charitable contributions for federal and state income tax purposes. In addition, a taxpayer could credit 50% of the contribution against the taxpayer’s Colorado state income tax liability. These deductions and credits substantially reduced the after -tax cost of such donations to taxpayers. Learn more on our website: TheFamilyCenterFC.org/child-care-contribution-tax-credit/
The Family Center / La Familia
309 Hickory Street #5 / Fort Collins, CO 80524