Backpack Program

  • Delta Family Center
  • 822 Grand Avenue
  • (970) 874-9517

Backpack Program

Backpack Program

What is the Backpack Program?

The Backpack Program is a unique free, home-based preschool program that helps support parents in their role as their child's first and most important teacher.

Parents are given a backpack box every month to use at home with their child, which can be exchanged every 3-5 weeks. Each backpack box has a special theme and is filled with many books, materials and educational toys.

Suggestions of what to do with the materials are included for parents, as well as an opportunity to provide feedback. Activities included in the backpack boxes are related to language development, reading, writing, math, general knowledge, fine motor, gross motor, memory skills and creativity.

Parents are offered parenting sessions, a box talk explaining how to use the backpack box, and a monthly newsletter.

Download our brochure here.

To sign up for the Backpack Program, please download our DFC Demographic Form and return it to The Backpack Program staff via mail, email, or fax.


  • To provide children with a common set of enriching experiences for a lifetime of learning.
  • To support and assist parents in enriching their child's life with meaningful experiences.
  • To help strengthen the relationships between the public school, the families and community agencies.

Eligibility Requirements

All children who are at least 3 years old and living in Delta County are welcome to be a part of our Backpack Program.

Backpack Boxes

58 different themes (Approximately 650 Boxes)
Backpack Program Box

  • Bilingual boxes
  • Boxes for developmentally delayed children
  • Boxes with less items (based on family need)
  • Fine Motor Bags
  • Take home ABC packets
  • Gifted and Talented Boxes (for children requiring additional material)

Activity Areas

  • Language: Listening to recordings, singing songs, and learning finger plays.
  • Reading: Listening to and reading stories.
  • Writing: Experimenting with drawing and copying using pencils, paint brushes, markers, and/or crayons.
  • Math: Exploring materials using Legos, blocks and building materials.
  • General Knowledge: Working with real projects during cooking, simple science projects, woodworking and role playing.
  • Small Muscles: Working with pegboards, puzzles, finger paints, clay, etc.
  • Large Muscles: Working with balls, bean bags, hopscotch mats, etc.
  • Self-Help Skills: Practice brushing teeth, washing hands and face, and combing hair.

Area Participation

Serving Delta County Area Parents through exchanges at area Elementary Schools.

  • Delta
  • Cedaredge
  • Hotchkiss
  • Paonia
  • Crawford

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