Month of the Young Child wraps with Saturday gala

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April's Month of the Young Child wrapped up Saturday evening at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel with a special dinner and celebration for local child care providers and teachers of young children.

More than 120 people attended Saturday's gala, where dinner, dancing and a digital slideshow capped the month-long celebration of local children.

The dinner was fully funded by donations from local parents.

"It was great fun," First Impressions of Routt County Director Renee Donahue said. "It's a nice event. These people work very hard taking care of and teaching children. It's nice for them to feel they're valued professionals."

This year's Month of the Young Child focused on countywide family-oriented events, Donahue said.

"The idea is to include the whole county and celebrate families, children and the people who care for and teach children," Donahue said. "I thought it was a good year. I like the idea of having family events."

Month of the Young Child sponsored numerous activities throughout April, such as children's yoga in south Routt County, a children's fair in Hayden, a Pickles the Clown appearance in North Routt and a special guest lecture from Dr. Bruce Perry, an expert on children in crisis, in Steamboat Springs.

Routt County and Steamboat Springs each contributed $400 to help fund Month of the Young Child events throughout the area.

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