Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting families and children in the Estes Valley.
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.
Jane Stuart, Chair
Jan Boatman, Vice-Chair
Garrett Faillaci, Secretary
Christina Kraft, Treasurer
John Bryant, School District Representative
Bev Thurber, Ex-Officio
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.
Kelly joined EVICS in early 2019 as the Assistant Director. Kelly has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management as well as a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She has a diverse background ranging from human resource management, elementary teaching, career counseling, public administration and local business owner. Kelly has lived in Estes Park for over 20 years and has raised her 4 boys here while participating in numerous school and community groups. She is passionate about helping local families and supporting children in the Estes Valley!
Parent Education Coordinator
Jessica started working for EVICS as the Parent Educator Coordinator after working at Harmony Foundation as a Clinical Case Manager for many years. Jessica has her Bachelors of Science in Social Work from Greenville University in IL. As well as a Certified Addictions Counselor. Jessica has worked with eating disorder treatment in St. Louis, MO and with the homeless population in Chicago, IL. She is an Estes Park native and is very passionate about supporting the community.
Erin Gillam brings a wealth of knowledge to the EVICS team. Erin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies and she continued her education to obtain a Master’s Degree in Elementary Teaching. She has extensive child development and teaching experience to share with local young families. She is a proud mother to Theo, her 16 months old child.
Bilingual Parent Educator
Patricia is a bilingual Parent Educator and works with the Spanish speaking families. Patricia was born and grew up in Colombia, South America. She went to Graphic Design School in Bogotá. She has experience working as a Para-educator in Elementary and Middle Schools, helping children Learning English as a Second Language and serving as a liaison for their families. She is a devoted mother to her 12 year old daughter, Emma.
Early Childhood Navigator
Rosemary began her position as Early Childhood Navigator in fall 2018. This is a new position for EVICS, funded by a grant from the United Way of Larimer County. Rosemary serves as the point of contact for families, assisting them in accessing early childhood services and connecting them to other community resources as needed. Among other activities, Rosemary will coordinate the popular EVICS Childcare Scholarship Program. Rosemary received her degree in Psychology and Disability Studies from Truman State University, and has experience working with children and youth at the YMCA of the Rockies, Rocky Mountain Conservancy, and Let’s Go Outdoors.
EVICS is completely supported through grants and donations. Make an impact on our community through your 100% tax-deductible donation today! Donate Now
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 Patricia Rountree a: email@example.com ó visitar la oficina de EVICS Lunes y Miércoles de 10am a 2 pm.