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Soyla, who will soon be 4 years old, stands close to her neighbor and childcare provider, Elsa Castillo, inside a spare bedroom in Castillo's house that now serves as Soyla's daytime classroom. Castillo is one of 17 women from Fort Lupton who recently graduated from the United Way's Providers Advancing School Outcomes (PASO) program. PASO is aimed to benefit children, parents and caregivers alike by teaching skills sets to childcare providers that enable them to help prepare young and preschool children for a lifetime of learning.
United Way's PASO program nurtures new ways of caring

FORT LUPTON — You can tell the bond between young Soyla and her childcare provider is strong by the way the preschooler clings to Elsa Castillo’s leg as the caregiver shows off a spare bedroom that has been transformed into the young girl’s tidy classroom.

That tight bond is often assumed: A childcare provider’s nurture is generally one of those things taken for granted when a person leaves their child in the care of another. Parents believe, rightfully so, that the basic emotional and physical needs of that child will be met.

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