Education & Enrichment

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Education & Enrichment2018-11-01T14:04:33+00:00

Volunteer reading to children

A variety of free courses, educational resources, and activities are available to empower participants with the skills and knowledge to help their families thrive.

Educational Courses

Check out the class calendar to find out about upcoming classes. To register for a class, call 719-866-6535.  Some courses are only offered on a seasonal schedule.

Class Calendar

This free 3-hour introductory childbirth class taught by a registered nurse. The course is designed to answer questions about labor and delivery for expectant parents.

Download Childbirth Flyer

This Parent Training Program designed by the Love and Logic Institute, Inc. is a free one hour class per week for seven consecutive weeks.   The parenting class curriculum is designed to give you practical parenting skills. Course materials are provided at no charge.

Download Love & Logic Flyer

This free nurturing Program for Prenatal Families® features 2-hour classes over an 8-week period.  The prenatal classes help parents learn ways to bond with their baby, review ages and stages of infant development, and much more.  Showers of Support, free baby showers, are offered to first-time parents who complete the course.

Early Childhood Development

Early childhood education is crucial for the success of any child.  Catholic Charities offers resources and early childhood education programs to help you and your child.

Bright By Three offers parents of children aged 0-3 with tools, information, and resources to empower them to be the first and most influential teacher in their child’s life.  Age appropriate books are distributed to children ages 0-5 throughout several of Catholic Charities programs.  Information on early childhood education and development is provided to parents along with the books.

Early Literacy Project – To better resource Catholic Charities’ clients with early literacy awareness and materials to prepare children 0-5 for school.

Low-cost enriched child care is available for the children of English as a Second Language students who attend offsite classes.  Enriched child care is led by a trained child care worker who engages children in interactive reading circles.  Cost is $25 per semester per child.

ESL Info

Kidz KornerA child-friendly space that fosters children’s ability to interact in positive and productive ways with their environment and other children and adults by providing opportunities for sharing, respectful expression of feelings, and structured learning associated with our ESL Childcare and the children’s component of the Nurturing Program Birth – 5 curriculum.

Mother & Babies – A program that promotes healthy mood management by teaching pregnant women and new moms how to effectively respond to stress in their lives through increasing the frequency of thoughts and behaviors that lead to positive mood states. Coming mid-2018.

Parenting on the GO – On-Demand Parenting/Child Development for families unable to attend a traditional, ongoing parenting class, computer and staff guided parenting and child development related topics available to fit individual interests and needs.  Coming mid-2018.

Playgroup – For parents and children birth to kindergarten entry that include large and fine motor activities, circle time, finger plays, songs & rhyming and some organized games. Introduces parents to school readiness/early literacy activities while creating a social network and support system.

The standards in education, especially elementary school, are continually on the rise. Schools are expecting developed skills in students at an earlier age. Skills such as literacy, phonemic awareness, tactile ability, and fluency with numbers all begin at home. Parents are also an introduction to social interaction, connection, conversation, and behavioral development. This is the basis of Catholic Charities’ program HIPPY or Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters.

HIPPY empowers parents in the Central Colorado region to fully prepare their preschoolers for the next step, before reaching kindergarten. It provides the tools needed for parents to be central players in their child’s education at low cost and working within time constraints. With over 30 accessible lessons, craft supplies, and a structured curriculum, a parent is able to prepare their child for the future 15 minutes at a time.

For more information or to learn how to register, call Carla Olson at 719-309-2974

Family Enrichment

Family Enrichment is part of an overall program of healthy engagement, encouraging struggling families to participate in coaching and programs that will benefit the family in their journey towards self-sufficiency.  However not every family is ready to commit to a deeper level of engagement so enrichment opportunities are offered at two levels:

  • Catholic Charities safety-net services are for families who are not invested in a deeper level of case management/family life coaching, but need emergency support services such as the children’s clothing closet or help with basic needs (diapers, formula, and baby food).  These families qualify for the Birthday Gifts for Children and Layettes for New Moms programs.
  • Incentive-based programs for Healthy Engagement are directed at families who are involved in case management/family life coaching at a much deeper level.  These families earn points based on that engagement and can receive additional needed items for their children.

New Birthday gift bags are provided to families in-need who sign up in advance. Caring community partners help provide birthday goodie bags to children ages 0-17.

Expectant parents are provided with a special layette containing many of the necessities for the arrival of their child.  Layettes are available to parents up to one-month before their due date.

The free course provides information about car seat safety and safe sleep practices for children.  Upon completing the course, families receive a free car seat or Pack n’ Play portable crib.  This program is based on funding availability.

Contact us for More Infomation

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Appointments only after 2:00 p.m.

Kidz Klozet: Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

917 East Moreno Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO 80903


Contact Info

228 North Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone: (719) 636-2345

Fax: (719) 636-1216