The program directors of the Eagle Valley Childcare Association — Vail Childcare Center and Miller Ranch Child Care Center in Edwards — have joined together with our families to begin planning our Alter Ego Costume Ball Fundraiser. We’re proud and excited to be working on this eighth annual event to bring our mission statement and goals to the forefront in the Eagle Valley. We strive to provide a high quality child care program that meets the needs of the families of Eagle County. Three important goals are, one, to educate the public about quality childcare programs, two, acknowledge the deficit in funds all childcare programs experience when parents and public entities alone are paying for childcare and, three, to remind the community that “high quality early childhood programs provide children a good start in life and benefit all sectors of society, now and in the future.”
Training and retaining professional staff is one of the most difficult obstacles encountered in childcare centers. Together, we must face the fact that child care is undervalued and underfinanced in America today. We are asking the community to help us raise funds to provide the best quality programs we can for the young children of Eagle County. The Alter Ego Costume Ball (adults only, costumes optional) will be held Oct. 19 at Maya at the Westin Riverfront in Avon from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are being sold prior to the event at each center and by the parents. The cost is $25, which includes admission, one house beer or wine, a buffet sponsored by Maya, silent auction, and dancing with DJ Carve.