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Commissioners approve purchase of Learning Tree, additional investments into early childhood

Contact: Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry, Commissioner Jeanne McQueeney, Commissioner Jill Ryan, 970-328-8605,

June 8, 2018 – During their regular meeting this week, the Eagle County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of 502 Capitol St. in Eagle. The seller currently leases the property to The Learning Tree child care center, and the county intends to enter into an agreement with the provider to maintain the operation.

The Learning Tree offers infant and toddler care for ages 6 weeks to 3 years. In approving the purchase, the commissioners noted the need to preserve early childhood care options. “My understanding is that this is the only child care facility in the Town of Eagle that accepts infants,” said Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry.

“When we look at the crisis of infant and toddler care on the west end of Eagle County, it’s important we not lose those spaces,” said Commissioner Jeanne McQueeney. “I appreciate the owner taking the time to find a buyer who will allow that child care program to continue. The availability of quality care has a tremendous impact on our economy and on our families’ ability to work. “

The property is located directly across the street from the Eagle County Building. The purchase price is $485,000.

“I think it’s very important when there are opportunities to purchase properties surrounding our campus that we consider those, because the county may eventually need to grow,” said Commissioner Jill Ryan. “This one is so great because we can save a child care center in the process.”

Also on Tuesday, the commissioners approved a $50,000 donation to YouthPower365 toward the purchase of a new “Magic Bus,” which houses the nonprofit’s mobile preschool program. The contribution is part of the county’s overall goal to help increase access to early childhood resources.

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