KIDS COUNT travel season wraps up in Frisco and Craig
KIDS COUNT Travel came to an end last week at the Children’s Campaign after our team presented at community forums in Summit County and Moffat County.
Our visit to Summit County included a presentation to The Rotary Club of Summit County, as well as a presentation to a packed room of child advocates brought together by the Summit County It’s About Kids leaders. The leaders, Don Parsons, Sue Wilcox, Debra Mitchell, Lucinda Burns and Johanna Kugler, presented State Rep. Millie Hamner with their appreciation as she leaves office at the end of the year. The advocates shared their experiences with the high cost of health insurance premiums, the lack of affordable quality child care spots and the need for more mental health support for children and families in Summit County. Thank you, Summit IAK Leaders, for organizing such a fantastic event.
Later in the week, Children’s Campaigners Sarah Barnes and Samantha Espinoza visited Integrated Community, a non-profit organization located in Steamboat Springs, which supports the integration of immigrant and local community members in Northwest Colorado. During their visit, the executive director, Sheila Henderson, explained how Integrated Community works to build a more united community where its members can communicate, participate and contribute through education inter-cultural exchange and collaboration. Also, Sheila spoke to some of the biggest challenges her clients are facing, such as housing, child care and emotional security in the midst of the public charge proposed rule.
After their site visit in Steamboat Springs, Sarah Barnes and Tara Manthey of the Children’s Campaign presented to community members from across Moffat County, thanks to Betsy Overton, an IAK leader who gathered the audience and helped coordinate the forum. The audience was engaged, asking questions around school funding, four-day school weeks and high school graduation rates. Community members were willing to share some of their greatest challenges with us as well, highlighting the lack of licensed child care providers and child care slots for kids under the age of two, which are both common concerns we’ve heard around the state this year.