Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) exists to support and promote quality early childhood services, and provide parent education, so that all young children in the Estes Valley have the care, support, and opportunities necessary to grow, learn, and succeed.
Investing in Kids and Supporting Families
EVICS is funded in part by the Town of Estes Park, through a partnership with the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County (ECCLC). Our collaboration with ECCLC links Estes Park to the early care and education system of the greater county, providing critical professional and technical support to local early childhood programs. EVICS supports parents as the child’s first and best teacher. Services include parent education, child care referrals and scholarships.
The mission and outreach of EVICS is guided by a local volunteer Board of Directors, and day-to-day operations are managed by an agency Director, Nancy Almond.
Erin Axtell, Secretary
Meet the Team
A passionate team of individuals work together for families with young children in the Estes Valley.
Nancy Almond has been with EVICS since 2006, supporting Estes Park's early care and education programs and connecting families to resources. She has over 20 years experience working with, and on behalf of, young children including work as an elementary school teacher, director of children's ministry, and as a residential camp program director. She has additional work experience with both public and non-profit agencies in promoting public education/information, coordinating training and conferences, and creating collaborations.
Parent Education Coordinator
Kristen has worked with EVICS in Parent Education since 2014. She has worked closely with children and families since college, where she graduated with a B.S. in Psychology with a child and youth care emphasis from UW-La Crosse, Wisconsin. She has experience as a lead infant teacher and Certified Child Life Specialist at Children's Hospital of WI in Milwaukee. Kristen has a passion for working with families and specializes in child development. She coordinates the home visitation program, Parents as Teachers through her role at EVICS.
Carlie Speedlin Bangs
Carlie recently began working at EVICS as the Program Coordinator after working extensively in Environmental Education and Family Programs. She developed curriculum and programs for school garden programs, outdoor education, recreation, family programs and before and after school care. During her studies at University of Nebraska- Lincoln, she gained experience in sociological research and wrote her undergraduate thesis on school garden use by teachers. At EVICS, she develops programs, trainings, workshops, and the annual conference for childcare and preschool providers. She also manages all marketing and social media, and is a Parent Educator.
Bilingual Parent Educator
Originally from Mexico, Adriana received a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Tijuana. She has a variety of experiences working with special needs children and professional practice in a special needs public school. She has been involved in the Estes Park community for 8 years with her family. She serves our community's diverse needs through translation services for EVICS programs, as well as a Parent Educator for Spanish speaking families.
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EVICS wants to meet the diverse needs of every family in the Estes Valley Community. At our programs and events, our Bilingual Parent Educator is often present. If you would like translated documents or services at any EVICS programs, please contact us.
Para Español, contactar a nuestro Educador Bilingüe Adriana Hochstetler a: email@example.com ó visitar la oficina de EVICS los Jueves de 8 a 11 am.