I am the director of an Early Learning Center in Breckenridge and wanted to bring to light the absolute importance of 1A and 2B for all of us as a community. We value these initiatives because they allow us to pay our teachers a liveable wage which means we can recruit and retain the most educated and experienced staff and offer an affordable and quality option for families who need childcare. We hope you value and support these ballot issues because the value of their passing spans beyond the childcare arena. It means that your business can recruit and retain valuable staff because your employees are afforded childcare options that work. It means there will be no interruption to the services that you depend on: such as the plowing of city streets, the stocking of the grocery store shelves, available appointments with your dentist because they all have affordable childcare slots available to them. And finally as a member of this community, it means that you are investing in a future of citizens that have had access to early education, which has a proven return of investment of over $10 dollars for every $1 invested. These initiatives mean everything to us and the other childcare centers in our community for our success and livelihood. As a long time resident of this community and a parent of two elementary school aged children, I recognize the value to all of us. Please commit to supporting 1A and 2B as a way to support your neighbors, your employees, and your community as these ballot issues have the ability to positively impact us all for years to come. Please take a few minutes to go and vote and create the change you want to see.