Letter: Bond helps child-care crisis | PostIndependent.com

Letter: Bond helps child-care crisis

Please vote “yes” to approve the Roaring Fork School District’s capital facilities bond measure.

While there is much to like in the proposal as a whole, the board of directors of the Early Childhood Network is particularly impressed with the school district’s willingness to engage the community and listen to feedback that the availability of quality, affordable child care is at a crisis level in the valley.

The bond calls for a proposed eight additional early childhood classrooms (four in the renovated “Red Brick” building in Basalt and four in the new Eastbank school). It also would allow the children now housed in the six less-than-optimal “offsite” locations such as the bus barn and modular buildings in Glenwood to have dedicated classrooms added to Sopris and GSES respectively. The teachers and children in these classrooms would have much better access to support and services than they do now, while adding efficiency and conveniences to the district and parents respectively.

Numerous studies indicate a very strong correlation between being ready for kindergarten and long-term learning and test performance. The ability to add eight preschool classrooms and significantly upgrade six more is why our organization is in full support of the bond. Kudos to the school district for understanding that learning and success in life is not restricted to K-12 and that early investment in children pays off for working families, employers, the community and, most importantly, the children.

You should have received your ballots by now. If they are still sitting on your counter, please consider voting “yes” on 3B for our children.

Jonathan Godes

Glenwood Springs, executive director, Early Childhood Network

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