The importance of Kids First |

The importance of Kids First

Dear Editor:I have been a child-care provider for 15 years, locally for nine years. Five of those years were spent as a teacher in a center, and the last four have been spent as a home child-care owner.I have seen many wonderful changes in my field during those years. More homes are now licensed and more teachers are better qualified thanks mostly in part to Kids First. Kids First is a licensing and referral agency servicing Pitkin and Garfield counties.Tax dollars from our communities are used to educate teachers and parents. Parents call them to find information on quality programs in which to take their children while they work. Providers barely have to advertise there programs on there own. I know I have never had to.They provide grants for child-care homes and resource materials for assessment scales. I am in the process of earning my director qualification certificate and plan to work toward my BA in early childhood education, and it would not have been possible without help from these grants and the staff of Kids First.I encourage everyone to support Kids First with your votes whenever issues concerning our children arise. At tax time, make sure you check off your RR box to donate monies to your local resource and referral agency on your state tax return. This is where that money goes, and we thank you in advance for your love and support of our communities’ children and families. Kids First has been an incredible asset in our area, and their continued contribution is greatly needed and appreciated. Traci MyersGlenwood Springs

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