Program to kick off Month of the Young Child |

Program to kick off Month of the Young Child

— April is the Month of the Young Child in Routt County, but organizers are kicking off the month-long celebration a little early this year.

Bruce Atchison, vice president of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, is sharing insightful information about children in the county Wednesday night.

His workshop, “It’s About Kids,” aims to educate parents, professionals who work with children and others about such factors as teen pregnancy, school readiness and poverty.

The Colorado Children’s Campaign annually compiles Kids Count information about children in all counties in the state.

Atchison will compare information about Routt County’s youngsters with information about children in other communities in Colorado.

But Atchison doesn’t intend to only provide facts and figures. He will explain how adults can use the information to improve the status quo for young people in their community.

Statistics don’t mean much if people don’t know how to apply the data, he said.

Renee Donahue, director of First Impressions of Routt County, encouraged people to attend Atchison’s presentation to learn ways to improve the lives of children in the county. The workshop runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Olympian Hall. Refreshments will be served and childcare is available by calling 870-5270.

Local governments in the county are expected to issue proclamations that recognize the Month of the Young Child.

First Impressions has planned a slew of events throughout the county to celebrate young children, families with young children and early childhood educators.

Lincoln Avenue will close at 1o a.m. April 8 from Seventh to Ninth Street for a brief parade. Children, parents and local daycares and preschools are invited to participate in the walk.

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