Mary Anne Snyder, Office of Early Childhood director, and members of her team traveled across southern Colorado and the western slope during the month of October to learn more about local innovation and collaboration impacting early care and learning.

Mary Anne Snyder, Office of Early Childhood director, and members of her team traveled across southern Colorado and the western slope during the month of October to learn more about local innovation and collaboration impacting early care and learning.

Program leaders met with County Commissioners, local human/social services directors, early care and learning professionals, early childhood councils and community members in Ouray, La Plata, Archuleta, San Luis Valley, Otero, Las Animas and Bent counties.

A tour of the Council of Governments Children's Center in Trinidad revealed an exemplary model of a two-generation approach providing spaces and services for the whole family including a "living room"? area where parents and children can interact, parenting classes, early childhood immunizations and other one-stop supports.

The team also viewed the Bent County Early Learning Center. The facility is attached to a health care center for elderly individuals, allowing for daily interactions between the children and residents.

The visits were intended to share stories and programs with the Office of Early Childhood.