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Carnival a huge success

On behalf of the board of directors of the Early Learning Center, I would like to acknowledge and publicly thank the organizers of our incredibly successful second annual America’s Birthday Party, held on July 4 in Paepcke Park.

Kim Allen, Eva Pekkala, Amy Guthrie and our director, Dawn Ryan, should be congratulated on initiating, organizing and carrying out this huge event.

These women, and their families, expended hours of personal and professional time to get this event off the ground, and they deserve a standing ovation for their work.



Hundreds of families in the Roaring Fork Valley rely on the Early Learning Center for dependable and high quality child care. For 11 years, the ELC has been committed to providing child care at reasonable rates; however, tuition does not cover costs.

To make up for this shortfall, the ELC holds one fund-raiser a year in the form of the Fourth of July Kiddie Carnival at Paepcke Park. Every dollar raised at this carnival goes directly toward the care and education of out children, and to the dedicated teachers.



This year, we raised $17,000! Twenty-five percent of this money will go directly back to the teachers.

Again, thank you to our sponsors, our donors, the city of Aspen, Kids First, and our carnival committee. We feel so fortunate to have a wonderful place for our children and a community that supports this institution. Thank you!

Sarah Chase Shaw

President, ELC Board of Directors


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