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Curious George a part of Summit’s Month of the Young Child

AWARDS FROM THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION APPRECIATION NIGHT

Longest serving early childhood professionals in Summit County:

Martha Meier, director of Carriage House (30 years)

Linda Farrell, family home child care provider (30 years)

Joanne Green, family home child care provider (33 years)

Carol Vollendorf, family home child care provider (39 years)

Early childhood educational successes for 2013/14 school year:

Kelli Bolcato, Summit County Preschool teacher, received her AAS in early childhood

Jennifer Prim, Summit County Preschool teacher, received her AAS in early childhood

Tessakay Cameron, Peak 8 Child Care, received her AAS in early childhood

Marsha Youngdahl, Family Home Child Care Provider, received her AAS in early childhood

Elizabeth Lowe, Head Start director, received her masters with an emphasis in early childhood education

Paulina Cuadrado, took the most early childhood classes paid in part through Apple Tree scholarships (Right Start Project)

For the first time, county commissioners selected a Summit County Community Champion for Early Childhood. The nominees were chosen by those who felt the individuals or groups went above and beyond for children and families in Summit County over the last year.

Nominated:

Breckenridge Montessori

Carriage House

Timberline Learning Center

Georgette Contos, RN, Early Intervention Colorado

Beth Craig, Breckenridge Montessori director

Johanna Kugler, Early Childhood Options

Lauren Maclay, Pre-K teacher at Lake Dillon Preschool

Jessica Terrizzi-Caldwell, Roots Del Mundo School

Marsha Youngdahl, My 2 Mountain Preschool

Paulina Cuadrado, Summit County Head Start/Dillon Valley Elementary (winner of the multicultural award)

Rotary Reading Buddies (winner of the overall community program award)

Open Arms Childcare & Preschool (winner of the center award)

Volunteers read a Curious George book to young kids Wednesday, April 23, as part of Summit County’s Month of the Young Child events to promote early-childhood education.

For the event, called “One Book, One Summit,” volunteers read and gave out 1,000 copies of “Curious George Plants A Seed/Jorge el Curioso Siembra Una Semilla,” which fit with the month’s “Watch Us Grow” theme.

awards night

The county also held an awards and appreciation night Wednesday for local leaders and professionals involved in early child care and education at the Community and Senior Center in Frisco.

About 120 people were recognized at the event, which was funded by the county and grants.

The county is also displaying children’s artwork at the medical office building in Frisco until the end of April.

Other events extend into May with a presentation from the Colorado Children’s Campaign of state and county data on child wellbeing factors at the Community and Senior Center at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 15. Breakfast will be provided.

On Saturday, May 17, the community will hold its seventh annual Successful Child Conference. The keynote address will be “The Seeds of Success: The Amazing Brains of Young Bilinguals,” by Linda Espinosa.

For more information, contact Johanna Kugler, Early Childhood Options child care resource and referral manager, at (970) 513-1170, ext. 313, or johanna@earlychildhoodoptions.org.

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