Valley Settlement Project

 

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Valley Settlement Project

A Program of the Manaus Fund

Valley Settlement Project (VSP) Initiated with a $1.2 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Valley Settlement Project (VSP) is a dual generation program focused on school readiness, elementary school achievement, economic stability and community engagement for local families. Our focus is low-income families who are not successfully settled or attached to the community 
in which they live. Through community organizing and partnerships with local nonprofits, schools and government agencies, VSP works to support and empower these families. 
We believe that we can reduce school achievement gaps 
through this dual generation approach.
VSP’s programs were developed after a nine-month planning period, during which our community organizers visited 300 households in 25 neighborhoods; presented to 14,400 people; met with leaders from dozens of organizations across the 
region including school officials, churches, health and human services agencies, policy-makers, and leaders of our local community college.

 

VSP featured in the W.K. Kellogg 2013 Annual Report

Early Childhood Education
VSP’s Early Childhood Education programs serve a population of young children who would otherwise have no preschool experience prior to entering kindergarten, putting them at high risk of poor school achievement. Our programs are based on the philosophy that the family is the child’s first teacher. We build trusting relationships with families and work together to support the healthy development of their children. Our goal is to increase school readiness through child-centered, bilingual programming, rich in language and social emotional experiences.
Through our El Busesito (The Little Bus) we offer mobile early childhood educational activities for three to five year-olds. Our Mommy and Me program reaches infants to three year-olds and their parents. Each program includes a parent support component focused on extending learning in the home. VSP also provides training to a Network of Neighborhood Babysitters to increase the quality of experiences these young children are receiving while in care outside their homes.

Parent Mentors
An empowerment and engagement program to increase parent participation in elementary schools and to help address large class sizes and language and cultural barriers.  Parents participate in training and then assist in a classroom four days per week, while also attending weekly ongoing training that includes personal goal setting.

Adult Education
Education is key to addressing family economic stability. VSP addresses the barriers to education for families- — lack of information, fear, childcare issues, accessibility — by offering community-based registration and information sessions; on-site babysitting; and community-based Spanish language computer, ESL, GED, health and nutrition, and informal tutoring classes; as well as CPR/First Aid training.

Neighborhood Navigators
Bilingual navigators work within low-income neighborhoods to connect individuals and families to existing community services.

Valley Settlement Project Community Partners

Alpine Bank
Baguettes Advised Fund at the Aspen Community Foundation
Cheryl Wyly Fund, Communities Foundation 
of Texas
Colorado Council of Developmental Disabilities
Frances Ginsburg Advised Fund at the Aspen Community Foundation
Gayle Embrey
George Stranahan
Marx Family Advised Fund at the Aspen Community Foundation
Pitkin County
RCG Fund of Rose Community Foundation
Roaring Fork 
School District
RFTA (in-kind)
Stranahan Foundation
Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation
Terri & Anthony Caine
The Daniels Fund
The Thrift Shop of Aspen
Town of Carbondale
Tyler Stableford Photography + Film (in-kind)
W.K. Kellogg Foundation


 

Valley Settlement Project Grants and Gifts


Alpine Bank

Carol & Rob Auld

Baguettes Advised Fund at the Aspen Community Foundation

John Bennett

Elaine & Steve Berman

Terri & Tony Caine

Colorado Council of Developmental Disabilities

Community Banks of Colorado

Embrey Family Foundation’s Donor Advised Fund of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado

Garfield County

Frances Ginsburg Advised Fund at the Aspen Community Foundation

Goldstein/O’Rourke Family

Wendy Hahn

Kathy Hegberg, M.A., L.P.C. (in-kind)

Denise Jurgens

Erika & Rob Leavitt

Jeanne Mackowski

Marx Family Advised Fund at the Aspen Community Foundation

Donna & Tim McFlynn

Lydia & Richard McIntyre

Jeffrey Meyer

Susan Taylor & Rob Pew

Pitkin County

Rainy Day Designs (in-kind)

RCG Fund of Rose Community Foundation

RFTA (in-kind)

Roaring Fork School District

Rotary Club of Aspen

Ellen Freedman & Auden Schendler

Betty Jane Schuss Donor Advised Fund at the Aspen Community Foundation

Diana & Michael Sirko

Stranahan Foundation

Patti & George Stranahan

Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation

The Daniels Fund

The Thrift Shop of Aspen

Denise Tomaskovic

Town of Carbondale

Tyler Stableford Photograpy + Film (in-kind)

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Cheryl Wyly Fund, Communities Foundation of Texas