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Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

COVID-19 Updates

8/13/2020

We are doing some in-person programs while the weather holds and we can do them outside, in masks, and distanced. Our next Starting Strong class for 4 to 6 year olds and their parents is on 8/22:  https://kidpowercs.org/kp-programs/starting-strong-workshop/

We are piloting 3 virtual workshops for first through fifth graders in August(these classes are full) and will roll out more in September. We will post all virtual classes here: https://kidpowercs.org/kp-programs/virtual-online-workshops/

Kidpower’s Safety Snippets have been popular for Safety skills in less than 5 minutes! https://kidpowercs.org/kidpower-safety-snippets/

 

6/11/2020

Your generosity helps bring Kidpower to young people & their families during this challenging time of disruption. Our FAUX Frolic auction raised $22,000 to keep us moving forward responsively, reliably, and effectively.
Thank you to our sponsors, auction donors, board, staff, volunteers, & ticket holders who believe in our work and stuck with us even with the cancellation of our in-person event.
As schools are releasing preliminary plans, subject to change, Kidpower is watching closely to determine how services may be delivered. We will have virtual interactive workshops and will be
doing our first Parent Workshop on 6-15-20 for parents in community classes (March through June) that were cancelled. Kidpower Snippets are still available, check them out!

 

5/29/2020

Kidpower cancelled our major fundraising event, The Chocoholic Frolic, due to COVID-19. This event provides critical funding to help us provider Kidpower services and maintain our commitment to never turn away a child because of financial challenges. But we’re back with a VIRTUAL celebration and auction June 5 – June 7. For a preview of our amazing auction click here!

 

5/8/20  

Kidpower is transitioning our services online until we can meet in person! We are beginning with short, easy to access video clips because that’s what parents and educators have told us is most helpful right now. Our current “Kidpower Safety Snippets” focus on coping with the experience of being at home and can be found here: https://kidpowercs.org/online-trainings-and-webinars/. We will be adding more weekly.

Soon we will begin online classes to ensure Colorado families continue to receive quality safety services.

 

4/13/2020

Kidpower is about teaching people to be safe…honestly, clearly, and in a way that isn’t scary. We are in this time together and our instructors (below) join in to do our part.  While we can’t do in-person Kidpower classes now, soon we will teach important safety skills through brief Facebook live events. Kidpower on Facebook

 

4/1/2020

COVID-19 and the disruption it causes in our lives can feel overwhelming for both adults and children.

Just as taking care of our physical well-being is essential, so is taking care of our emotional safety.

Our hope is that the tips in this article may help: Kidpower Emotional Safety Tips for Families during the Pandemic

 

3/31/2020

Many parents are juggling being home with kids, supervising their online school  and teleworking full-time for the first time. It’s hard!

 A day of zoom meetings on top of the other demands presents its own kind of exhaustion. This article sheds some light:  Why am I so tired after a day of Zoom?

 

3/24/2020

Our office staff is working remotely as recommended by our state and local officials.

Thank you for your patience as we and so many others find the best ways to do this.
The best way to contact us is through our email at colorado@kidpower.org

 

3/17/2020

3/13/2020

As of today Kidpower canceled all of our classes and trainings held in the community until March 30.

We will reassess and monitor as needed and will take our guidance both from public health entities and following the directives of our school partners.

The health and safety of our students and their families, staff, volunteers, and partners are of primary importance.

 

3/11/2020

Hi, it’s Jan, Executive Director, Kidpower of Colorado,

Kidpower’s Chocoholic Frolic 2020 is moving forward with plans for plenty of yummy chocolate, fantastic jazz from the Colin Trusedell Trio, and our famous spectacular silent auction. Oh yes….The Pinery’s legendary salmon will be back!

Like you, Kidpower is closely monitoring the situation involving COVID-19, the Coronavirus. Kidpower is a personal safety organization and our top priority is always your health and safety! This is a fluid situation and we will absolutely adjust as needed. We are making contingency plans, strengthening our practices about illness prevention, and evaluating our events and services as needed.

We have taken the following steps:

  1. We are in ongoing contact with El Paso County Director of Public Health, Susan Wheelan, (a former Kidpower board member) to be as up to date as possible with their recommendations.
  2. We continue to monitor announcements and updates from Centers for Disease Control, Governor Jared Polis, Colorado Department of Health and Environment, El Paso County Public Health, and University of Colorado Health, and Kidpower will take our guidance from them and other key agencies. While the risk in our community is currently low, we will be prepared to change our plans if needed and will keep you posted
  3. We will institute the following policies and procedures at The Frolic:
    • We encourage people who are ill to stay home.
    • We are encouraging participants to make The Frolic a “handshake-free” gathering.
    • We will be providing hand sanitizer and recommending frequent hand washing.
    • Each guest will receive a pen when they arrive so that we aren’t sharing them.
    • The Pinery promises a thorough cleaning. All chocolatiers and food servers will wear latex gloves.
In Kidpower classes, we teach children (and adults) to “Stay safe in your imagination!” to help manage our worries when they feel overwhelming. Despite very real concerns, we encourage you to keep perspective and seek out accurate information rather than easily available rumors or misinformation. Worry does not make us safer but preparing ahead, staying calm, and adjusting plans when needed can.
Wishing you a happy and healthy spring!
Warmly,
Jan Isaacs Henry