Congrats to ECHO and Family Center Early Childhood Council on a successful legislative symposium!

Written by: Jacy Montoya Price
Date Posted: August 24, 2018

 Justin Grantham accepts an award from ECHO & Family Center Early Childhood Council on behalf of his father, Sen. Kevin Grantham, for his service to Fremont County children and families as a state senator.
Justin Grantham accepts an award from ECHO & Family Center Early Childhood Council on behalf of his father, Sen. Kevin Grantham, for his service to Fremont County children and families as a state senator.

Last week in Cañon City, the ECHO and Family Center Early Childhood Council hosted their 14th Legislative Symposium to call on policymakers, candidates for public office, and community members to “Think Babies”. During the keynote speech, Matt Bennett, speaker, trainer, and author of Connecting Paradigms, educated the audience about brain development in the earliest years of life and the negative impact that untreated trauma can have on cognitive ability and emotional control into adulthood.

ECHO and Family Center Early Childhood Council director Pam Walker then highlighted the work of the Council, which was established in 1976. Ms. Walker reminded the audience that there is no such thing as a baby; rather, there is a baby and a caregiver, reinforcing the need for two-generation strategies to improve the well-being of infants, toddlers, and all children. As a rural community, providers and early childhood professionals in Fremont County wear many hats, which enables them to recognize and address the needs of the whole family and helps to ensure that “all doors are the right door” to access needed services. The event included recognition of outgoing State Sen. Kevin Grantham, who has been a stalwart advocate for children and family in his community and closed with comments from elected officials and candidates, including Representative Jim Wilson, and Fremont County Commissioners Debbie Bell and Dwayne McFall.

Thank you to Dorothy Day of the ECHO and Family Center Early Childhood Council who organized a community forum the next morning and the more than 20 community leaders who turned out to help the Children’s Campaign, Clayton Early Learning, and the Prenatal, Infant, Toddler Coalition understand the unique strengths and challenges facing families in Fremont County. Advocates from a range of local agencies and organizations shared ideas for policy solutions to ensure that expecting families, pregnant people, infants, and toddlers have the supports they need to thrive. We left Canon City inspired by the tenacity of local early childhood leaders and their collaborative approach to serving the needs of the children and families in their community.

Jacy Montoya Price

About Jacy Montoya Price

Jacy serves as the Community Groups Coordinator for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she plans and implements our annual Speak Up for Kids day at the capitol and manages our social media sites. Jacy previously served as the executive director and co-founder of Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), a sisterhood of Latinas dedicated to building a movement of Latinas, their families, and allies through leadership development, organizing, and advocacy to create opportunity and achieve reproductive justice. Trained as an urban planner, Jacy has also worked in local government, creating policies and programs to foster more sustainable communities that are accessible for all residents. A Colorado native, Jacy lives in northwest Denver with her husband, two children and their two cats.