Welcome to Chaffee County Early Childhood Website!

Did you know?

90% of brain development occurs in the first three years of life, with 75% occurring by age one. The skills children learn early in life create a pattern for continued learning and success throughout their lives.

Positive early experiences give your child a lifelong advantage. Which means a child’s future begins with you.

Raising a child is an important responsibility and as a parent or caregiver you are not alone.

Their Beginning. Our Future.

This website is intended to provide you the most basic and important information in raising your child. Please click on the tabs above for the right tips for your child’s age. The Resource Center lists local agencies and helpful websites to provide the right support for Parents/Caregivers and Professionals who may offer healthcare and other services.

We have listed local, licensed childcare providers and what questions to consider when choosing childcare – see Looking for Childcare?

Every child develops differently.

The information provided here is a guide to give you an idea of what you may see and options in how to help your child. If you have concerns that your child is not progressing, discuss it with your health care provider or call Child Find, a free service listed in the Parent/Caregiver Resources section.

Do not be afraid to ask questions. And remember, what works for one may not work for another. Every situation and every child is unique.

Chaffee County Early Childhood Council is here to support you.

Chaffee County Early Childhood Council connects parents and caregivers with realistic approaches – information, trainings, and local services. Making it easier to raise children.

We provide support to expectant parents and families with children newborn through age 8.

We are a group of local agencies and individuals, including parents and professionals in the areas of health, mental health, child care and education — committed to creating a sustainable system of support for parents and caregivers. We understand that you have an important job. You need support so you can best support your child. We are here to help, if you need us.


Ages three-to-five are huge learning times for social interaction and emotional behavior. Parents play a strategic role in helping children manage their growing awareness of feelings and identifying successful play manners. Read – Social and Emotional Development in Three to Five Year Olds.