#WhatsUpWednesday with Valentina Estrella from the Rural Homes Early Childhood Initiative

Valentina Estrella is a first-generation immigrant who moved to the states at 5 years old. This life experience has greatly fueled her passion for uplifting the often-overlooked voices and empowering community members. Deeply rooted in community work and engagement, Valentina has facilitated 37 Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion trainings. Valentina joins Bright Futures as the Rural Homes Early Childhood Coordinator. In this role, she will coordinate initiatives related to addressing the need of childcare through the implementation of family childcare homes. Lack of affordable childcare is one of the most prominent barriers individuals and families face while attempting to return to the workforce. Valentina is excited to be a part of this groundbreaking model.

The Initiative:

The Rural Homes Early Childhood Initiative is an opportunity to move into one of two brand new houses designed for Family Child Care in Ouray, CO. The houses will be available for rent from a child care-friendly landlord, and the lease provides an opportunity to purchase the home after at least two years of successful tenancy. If you are committed early childhood education and aspire to run a licensed Family Child Care home business, this is the opportunity for you! A 12-week cohort will be offered as a requirement for candidacy. Exact dates for the cohort will be determined from the results of this interest form. All together, this innovative initiative is named Rural Homes Early Childhood Initiative (RHECI).

Interest form in English: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FA...

Interest form in Spanish: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FA...

Bright Futures RHECI Webpage:https://www.brightfuturesforchildren....

Rural homes website:https://www.ruralhomes.co/early-child...

 If you have questions about Bright Futures or the RHECI please contact: Valentina Estrella at Valentina@brightfuturesforchildren.org

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