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Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support

Mountain Tots Preschool, located in Eagle, was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1974. Forty-two years later, Mountain Tots Preschool still strives to provide a high quality early learning enrichment program that enhances educational, social and emotional development. We believe early childhood is a special time of growth, development and a time for formation of character and ability. Multiple generations of families have now come through the school in its 42 years of existence.

Operating a preschool is no easy task. Tuition income generally does not cover the operating costs. Mountain Tots has endured full market rent prices since its inception and continues to do so to this day. Many of the preschools in Eagle County do not pay rent, or pay significantly reduced rent. The school strives to provide the highest possible quality of care, while attempting to keep the cost as affordable as possible. Mountain Tots Preschool collaborates as an organization about the need for both operational dollars and quality improvement dollars for programs, which in turn will allow the staff to provide the quality of care that every child deserves to assure healthy development.

There are reasons to celebrate. Thirty-six thousand dollars has been raised through various community grants and fundraising efforts to improve the school’s outdoor play area. Generous supporters of this project are RA Nelson, Vail Valley Cares and Alpine Bank. In addition, Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation has recently awarded the school with a $25,000 grant in support of this project.

This past Sunday, Mountain Tots hosted the second annual Jamboree fundraising event at the Dusty Boot. All of the funds that were raised will support the Playground Quality Improvement Project. We are so incredibly thankful to all of our business sponsors: Alpine Bank, The Gallegos Corporation, State Farm, Beck Building Company, Slifer Smith & Frampton, Nedbo Construction, Alpine Appliance Center, Orvis Fly Fishing Outfitters, Alpine Glass & Mirror, Eagle Valley Glass & Mirror and the Vail Daily. And a special thank you to the Platonics for providing outstanding live music. Each business has contributed to the future of our community, and we thank you!

Denise Kipp