County Commissioners send early childhood initiative to Nov. ballot
The Eagle County Board of Commissioners voted 2-0 to put an early childhood development question on the Nov. 7 general election ballot. Commissioner Tom Stone was unable to attend the meeting.
The initiative would ask voters to approve a mil levy increase to fund early childhood development programs. Final wording for the question is due Sept. 8.
The Board’s action comes as a result of the county’s year long early childhood assessment program launched to identify the needs of children birth through eight-years-old and the needs of their families.
The goal is to develop an action plan for the community that can coordinate efforts on behalf of young children and their families; and develop well-targeted investments in the physical, intellectual and emotional well-being of young children that benefit the entire community. Needs identified included family supports, early care and learning, health and safety, social-emotional development, and capital projects.