We're here to help you grow confident, competent, caring children.

It is our vision to ensure children in (and around) Steamboat Springs experience joy, laughter, and a sense of wonder and adventure every day.


Quick Answers

What do you need help with?

Do you want to enroll your child at Discovery? Add their name to the waitlist.

You will be invited to an in-person pre-registration meeting in February before your child starts school in the upcoming September. Join the waitlist.

View the current Newborn Network calendar of events

The Newborn Network's weekly family meetups provide opportunities for support, education and creating friendships.

Enroll in our FREE parenting programs

We advocate for parents and child care professionals to become more educated and involved in our children's education, including Parents as Teachers, Play and Learn, and other resources. Learn more.

Looking for child care for your kids? Access our Steamboat database...

We can email you a database of child care and preschool providers in and around Steamboat Springs. Contact us.

Interested in starting a childcare business?

We are dedicated to supporting child care professionals with up-to-date information about how to become a licensed child care provider. Learn more.

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Our Services

Serving parents and children, from birth to school.

Newborn Network

The Newborn Network is a parent support system that serves all families living in Routt County with children from birth to 36 months (3 years) of age. We're here to help give your infant a healthy start... because babies don't come with "instructions for proper care and handling."

Child Care Network

The Child Care Network promotes quality child care that is affordable and available to all families in Routt County. We provide information, resources, referrals, training and advocacy for child care and other children's issues and programs. Services are developed for child care professionals, employers, agencies and organizations.

Learning Center

Discovery Learning Center (DLC) is our nationally accredited preschool, located in the mountain area of Steamboat Springs. DLC's mission is to provide quality, accredited early childhood care and education in a supportive environment; that support extends to the children, their families, and their community. The goal of everyone working with the children is to help each child have more positive feelings about him/herself, including confidence in the ability to learn, increasing self-control, positive social relationships; and exploring new experiences, with the result of growing confident, competent, caring children.

Accreditations & Awards


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How can you help?


City Market Community Rewards

Link your card to our organization and then all you have to do is shop and swipe your Value Plus Card. City Market will donate to us!

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Donate via ColoradoGives.org

Contributions are eligible for the CO Child Care Contribution Tax Credit.

We need your help, Routt County!

Thank you for your continued support in our programs. Our focus is families and children, our programming touches 8 out of 10 families in Routt County with children-birth to 5 year of age. Donations have allowed us to work with families for the past 38 years and we are proud to be able to continue family support when families are learning a new path into parenthood, children are learning social and emotional skills along with the foundation for kindergarten readiness. Babies and children do not come with instruction manuals—we are here to support families and children.

DONATE NOW! We need your help to continue our services AND your donation may qualify you for a 50% tax credit on your Colorado state income tax. Give and receive.

FDC educates and cares for young children and their families through our 3 programs: Discovery Learning Center, Newborn Network and Child Care Network.

To support family and children’s connections in Routt County, consider donating to our 501(c)3 to give a child support in learning and growing. A donation to Discovery Learning Center makes you eligible for the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit, a 50% tax credit on your Colorado state income tax. If you gave $100, your tax credit will be $50.

Today, I am asking you to contribute $50, $500, or $5,000 so that another young child may benefit from a good and safe start to life and a parent can learn lifelong skills in raising and growing healthy, loving children. You may contribute here or mail to PO Box 773982, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. 970-879-5973

Don’t forget that your contribution is eligible for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit! Colorado residents may see up to 50% of your gift to Family Development Center come right back to you in the form of a tax credit on your state income tax return. Please consult your tax professional for details or see a copy of Colorado Dept. of Revenue FYI 35.

Thank you on behalf of all the children your donation will benefit.

Colleen Miller, Executive Director, Family Development Center

cmiller@familydevelopmentcenter.org 970-879-5973 ext. 101

Donate today!

Thank you to our funders


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