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This is the time for children

Dear Editor:As far as early childhood education is concerned, it’s the best of times; it’s the worst of times, to paraphrase Dickens. It’s the best of times because never before in our history have we been made so aware of the importance of the early years; never before have we put so much effort into coordinating the child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual well being; never before have we identified special needs and provided needed treatment from infancy; and never before have we accepted the notion that all cognitive development is based on sound socio-emotional development making it our responsibility to provide high quality, relationships based experiences from the day the baby is born. It’s the worst of times because, in spite of all our accumulated knowledge, we fail to provide the funds needed to assure that we are putting into practice what research studies have shown us is crucial to the growth and development of young children … It’s the worst of times because the state of our country makes two working parent families a necessity. And, single parents have no options.The women’s liberation movement gave women a choice, but the welfare legislation took that choice away from poor and single parent families.These conditions have resulted in a dire need for child-care while parents work. In addition, families with one or two children need to provide socialization opportunities for their children. A good community takes into account all the needs of its residents.And children cared for outside their home, deserve and must get the best possible care our communities can afford.Residents of Eagle County have an opportunity to make that happen. Voting yes on Amendment 1A will help provide needed funds at a very low cost … less than $1 per week per family, a pittance when compared to the benefits gained.Residents of Basalt and El Jebel, squeezed between Pitkin and Garfield counties and separated from the greater part of Eagle County by the Glenwood Canyon, have often felt like neglected orphans. In this amendment, they are assured of their rightful share of county money to help fund existing and new early childhood programs to serve families in this area.With the current state of the world, it becomes especially important to raise children of good will who will be able to solve the problems this generation has created. Vote yes on 1A.Bertha CampbellBasalt