Official hosts childhood forum

Lt. Gov. O'Brien on 'listening tour' about early education

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Early Childhood Community Forum

  • Thursday, August 23, 2007, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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— Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien will host an early childhood education community forum Thursday at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. O'Brien hopes the forum will provide insight into the complexities of supporting children and families in Colorado.

"This is a listening tour to gather what's out there and happening with early childhood education," said Wil Alston, O'Brien's press secretary, who noted Steamboat Springs is the first stop on a statewide tour to host similar forums.

"All of these forums are really trying to generate some information," he said. "She is listening and taking back what she hears to use it to inform what she does and to add to the administration's thinking as the state Legislature is to begin in January."

O'Brien, a former president of the Colorado Children's Campaign, is co-chairwoman of Gov. Bill Ritter's P-20 Education Coordinating Council.

Alston said O'Brien is interested in hearing about specific policies, programs, practices and people who are making a difference in early childhood development in Routt County.

Local organizations, such as First Impressions of Routt County, the Routt County Department of Human Services and the Discovery Learning Center, will be on hand to share ideas and recommendations to help build a comprehensive system of early childhood care in Colorado.

"Locally, it's a great opportunity for all the resources in Routt County to get recognition," said Stephanie Howle, director of First Impressions of Routt County.

"With the growth we are experiencing, it is harder and harder for families to make it here," she said. "And it's easy for people not to be aware of what's out there in terms of support."

Howle said she hopes the forum provides an opportunity to investigate the gaps in childhood care in the community.

"It will be a great time to recognize, celebrate our accomplishments, and see how we can meet the needs of our community," she said. "We'll look to make sure we are not duplicating efforts. It's all about collaboration."

For more information about the forum, call First Impressions at 870-5270.

- To reach Mike McCollum, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmccollum@steamboatpilot.com

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