Children with Special Needs | Zach’s Place at The Laurie Hillyard Family Center encourages creativity and create art, write stories and participate in musical activities. Zach’s offers active, structured and free play while teaching life skills and socialization skills. Operating on a sliding fee scale, Zach’s offers flexible scheduling and individualized support, our goal is to serve as many families as possible. Zach’s Place is one of only two licensed child care facilities in the state of Colorado providing specialized care for children with disabilities.
A Note from the Program Director:
“At Zach’s Place program we seek to strengthen families by providing quality respite care in a nurturing environment, whether for a day, overnight, or weekend. We also help children achieve their greatest level of independence through life skills training. Hearing and seeing what our families go through on a daily basis, and being able to offer continuing support makes my job a real joy. The youth are extraordinary and fill our days with enjoyment. Everyone can use help and we are able to offer the help and support that is vital to our community.” Gail DeGroot, Zach’s Place Program Director
Goals at Zach’s Place
One of our most important goals at Zach’s Place at The Laurie Hillyard Family Center is working on life skills. This is very important to our families we serve because it helps the youth to be a more active member of their family and their community. We work on routine activities like preparing meals, visiting local stores and restaurants and how to be safe at home and in the community. We believe that taking care of our body is important too, so we encourage children to keep themselves clean and participate in exercise. We go swimming at the YMCA and we take hikes at local parks like the Garden of the Gods. We also like to have fun and our favorite places to visit are the North Pole Amusement Park and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
- Fun Nights
- Recreational & Leisure Activities
- Hiking & Nature Exploration
- Arts & Crafts Activities
- Field Trips Around Our Community
Respite & Family Support
- Overnight Care
- Weekend Care
- After School Care
- RN on Staff
Life Skills & Independence
- Personal Care & Hygiene
- Daily Living – Cooking
- Community Integration – Shopping
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Gail DeGroot, Program Director
Zach’s Place Center | 4795 Granby Circle | CO Springs, CO 80919