Giant Step Preschool & Child Care Center
246 E. Main St, Rangely, CO 81648
Phone: (970) 675-2671
The only licensed day care facility in Rio Blanco County and a non-profit 501(c)(3)
Giant Step is a licensed facility. ... What does "licensed" mean?
Giant Step Center meets standards set by the Colorado Department of Human Services for childcare centers - including criteria for health and safety, for child care providers' qualifications (education and experience).
For example, all workers at Giant Step undergo an extensive background check and are required to get training in first aid and CPR and other areas.
What's the difference between Giant Step and a licensed day care home?
Giant Step is non-profit, while day care homes operate for profit. Money that is generated through fees and grants go back into the operation and improvement of the facility.
There is a board of directors to whom the Giant Step director reports. This group of seven people is composed of community members who volunteer their time, energy and expertise to make Giant Step a fun, educational and viable center. Licensed day care homes do not have this additional layer of support and help.
What is the advantage of sending my children to Giant Step?
Giant Step provides quality day care: trained and supervised staff, scheduled activities, and a safe, inspected facility. Academic activities are implemented daily (including summers!) and children are taken to the library and swimming pool. Volunteers visit frequently and offer additional activities such as reading and dance. Plenty of space and toys allow for a stimulating, enriched environment where children can learn through free play as well as through structured opportunities.
Rio Blanco School District Re-4 takes in the Western half of Rio Blanco County. There are approximately 535 students in the school district, with a portion of these students coming from Dinosaur, Colorado in Moffat County. Rio Blanco School District is an equal opportunity employer and teachers are recruited all over the United States.
The district employs 28 teachers, making an ideal 14/1 pupil/teacher ratio.
The teaching staff is a mixture of teachers new to the district and those that have been here for sometime. Frequent inservice programs are held through Colorado Northwestern Community College, Mesa State College, Colorado State University and the Northwest Consortium for Professional Development.
The Schools within Rangely are:
Parkview Elementary & Early Education Center
Rangely Middle School
Rangely High School
Colorado Northwestern Community College
The Rangely School District is fortunate to have parents, community members and staff who are willing to volunteer to help our schools be and stay the best. Accountability is an important component of a school district and the school is a wonderful place to become involved.
The teachers and administrators have worked hard in matching their curriculum to the standards set by the State of Colorado. Parents and the community can be assured that the schools are utilizing the best resources and research to educate children. This isn’t always easy with the limited funds available for schools in this state. Rangely has been fortunate to have many dedicated teachers, administrators and staff willing to take the challenge and who make the most of every teaching opportunity regardless of limited funding.