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State of Colorado partners with Flobots star to unveil new tools to support healthy development of children in critical early years

Contact: Jeanne McQueeney, Eagle County Commissioner, 970-328-8605, jeanne.mcqueeney@eaglecounty.us or Katharine Brenton, Editorial Strategist, SE2, 303-746-0909, katharine@se2communications.com

Aug. 1, 2017 – The Colorado Department of Human Services’ Office of Early Childhood has partnered with local celebrity presenters Stephen Brackett of the Flobots and radio personality Issa Lopez to release new resources for parents designed to support children’s learning and development during the critical early years. 

The videos – available at www.EarlyLearningCO.org – are categorized by a child’s age and are based on the Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines, which align with the science of how best to support children in the early years.

In the first few years of a child’s life, more than 1 million new neural connections are formed every second, building the brain’s architecture and creating a foundation that affects all future learning, behavior and health. Decades of research show that when young children have positive experiences and caring and consistent relationships with adult caregivers, they build a strong foundation for lifelong learning, health and well-being.  

That’s why the state has created this new series of fun and engaging online videos in English and Spanish to educate parents and other caregivers about child development and offer practical tips they can use to support children’s learning. 

“Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. Every interaction we have with children teaches them something about the world, and the Early Learning and Development Guidelines videos can make parents feel more confident in their role,” said Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne, who also co-chairs the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) along with Anna Jo Haynes, CEO/President Emeritus of Mile High Early Learning, and Barbara Grogan, retired founder and CEO of Western Industrial Contractors. 

Eagle County Commissioner Jeanne McQueeney serves on the governor-appointed ECLC, which is charged with increasing the coordination of programs and services for expectant mothers and young children up to age eight across the state.

“By offering information, activities and ideas that families and professional caregivers can easily incorporate into their everyday routines, the videos seek to empower adults with the understanding that they already have all the skills they need to help their children grow up healthy and happy,” said McQueeney.

For more information, visit www.EarlyLearningCO.org; or, contact McQueeney at jeanne.mcqueeney@eaglecounty.us or at 970-328-8605.