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While local and state leaders are concerned about the water crisis, many local educators are joining together to work on something equally important to the future of the community. Early childhood educators are focusing on building and maintaining high quality programs for the children, who are our future.

Laura Bush shared her opinion regarding early childhood education by stating: “The years between diapers and the first backpacks will determine whether a child will succeed in school and make it to college.” As the director of the Family Learning Center, I have been working alongside many community members, teachers, and parents who agree with the first lady’s statement.

High quality, early learning programs provide children with a jump start on learning. These programs enable children to fulfill their desires to learn and understand the world around them as they challenge their curiosity levels, explore new ideas, and develop social skills.

This year 10 preschool programs within the valley are joining together for the 16th annual Casino Night fund-raiser. Casino Night 2003 will be held at the Marriott’s Grand Ballroom on Friday, April 11, from 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets can be purchased at local preschools or at the door for $20 each (which includes $400 in gaming chips). A silent auction will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m., followed by a live mask auction. The proceeds from this fun filled evening will benefit Eagle County early childhood programs. For more information contact the chairperson, Angela Mueller, at 476-1281. Hope to see you there.

Sandy Brown

Director of the Family Learning Center

Child care paramount

Thank you for the Vail Daily’s March 15 article on the Children’s Garden of Learning. As a parent, I feel lucky to have found the innovative and high quality early childhood education offered by the Children’s Garden and its predecessors, in a climate where most childcare in Colorado and in the United States has been found to be mediocre.

As an employee of a business in the town of Vail, I am disappointed that the town of Vail would imperil the stability and future of the Children’s Garden, as well as my ability to work, with the Middle Creek Project. The availability of high quality child care is at least as important to maintaining a stable work force as affordable employee housing.

With the current oversupply of affordable housing, child care is probably more important. The Children’s Garden serves 120 children; many of whose parents live or work in Vail. I am afraid that the town of Vail has not considered all of the consequences of its support of affordable housing at the expense of child care.

As an interested parent, I have attended several meetings with the town of Vail regarding the Middle Creek project and its effect on the Children’s Garden. In 2001, when the Middle Creek project was in its infancy, the town assured parents that it would provide the Children’s Garden with an interim location and a new building as part of the Middle Creek project.

However, the Children’s Garden will be forced to move in less than three months, and the town has failed to adequately provide the Children’s Garden with an interim location or a commitment for the new building. It will be a great loss for the children, the families and the employers of this community if the town’s actions cause the loss of high quality child care in Vail.

Kristi Ferraro

Avon

For locals only?

Since many years I try hard to understand Vail’s pricing strategy. The facts show that they chase with high prices the destination guests away and then try to fill the mountain with free tickets for the employees and almost-free tickets for the Front Range skiers. This makes great day-skier numbers and wonderful statistics.

Might be it’s a misunderstanding, but to me it looks like Vail has the goal to be a ski resort for locals only that works without guests. And as the organization and the maintenance of Vail Mountain is almost not to make it any better, I would compare it to a superb restaurant what cooks only for their own staff and all the neighbors around them, for free or almost for free.

I think this is a very social institution. Even if I don’t get a free ticket, just to have an almost empty ski mountain most of the winter for myself is well worth every single dollar which I pay for my season pass in Vail. The weekly meeting of the Denver crowd on Friday and Saturday is a minor disease compared to the rest.

Otto Wiest

Vail


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