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Commissioners to host early childhood development conversation in Edwards

Commissioner Jeanne McQueeney,

Commissioner Jill Ryan, 

Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry, 

March 22, 2016 – The Eagle County Commissioners are inviting the public to participate in a community conversation on early childhood development on Thursday, March 31 at the Eagle County Paramedic Services Building in Edwards. The event is free; however, RSVPs to by March 27 are requested.

The format for the evening includes dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by panel presentations and a group discussion from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will hear why early childhood development is important, how early childhood development affects our community, Eagle County’s current situation and how other communities have addressed the issue.

Panelists include Dr. Jane Healy, internationally recognized lecturer and author of several award winning books on early childhood development; Gloria Higgins, president of Executives Partnering to Invest in Children; Lucinda Burns, executive director of Early Childhood Options in Summit County; and Liz McGillvray, early childhood educator and advocate.

Early childhood development is the third topic in the community conversations series, which are intended to engage residents, business owners and partners in discussions with elected officials, expert panelists and each other on issues critical to the region. Four previous events focused on affordable housing and climate change each brought approximately 70 people together to share ideas and insights. Every conversation in the series is taking place in two locations, one in the Eagle Valley and one in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The remaining schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 31 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Topic: Early Childhood Development
Eagle County Paramedic Services Building
1055 Edwards Village Blvd., Edwards
RSVP by March 27

Thursday, April 7 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Topic: Early Childhood Development
El Jebel Community Center
0020 Eagle County Drive, El Jebel
RSVP by April 3

For additional information or to RSVP, email or call 970-328-8605. To view videos of previous events, visit