Comprehensive plan needed for child care
Dear Editor:As the county commissioners assess whether or not to put forth a ballot initiative to fund early childhood initiatives, I would like to thank them for their support so far and commend them for being progressive thinkers. We know that early childhood issues are in the spotlight throughout the country and Colorado, with more and more research documenting the value of efforts spent in the early childhood years. But many other programs are creating band-aid-type approaches to address just some of the issues.Summit County recently passed a tax increase to address child-care issues but failed to address child health, social and emotional development or family support issues. The city of Denver is looking at another ballot initiative, which will again only address preschool rather than all the early childhood years or all the issues facing early childhood. Committed people in Eagle County have spent a year creating a strategic plan which highlights all the challenges families face in the early years of their child’s development and child care is just one piece of the puzzle. Equally important are health care, social and emotional development, and family support.I encourage the county commissioners to put forth on the November ballot a comprehensive plan that will allow us to address all of these early childhood issues. We have an opportunity to do good things for children and families in Eagle County, so let’s do it. Please voice your support for children and families and encourage the commissioners in their efforts to help children and families.Jeanne McQueeneyEarly childhood advocateEagle
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