Central Peaks Region
$72,515 grant supports three Early Childhood Councils across three counties in the region.
The Central Peaks Regional Council has identified early childhood education and development as their focus area. Since inception in 2006, the Council has been interested in supporting youth throughout the four-county region in a variety of ways, from improving access to dental care to providing annual support to the regional Boys & Girls Clubs. In March of 2014, a $72,515 grant was awarded to the Chaffee, Fremont, and Teller/Park county Early Childhood Council, all three council’s focus on early childhood development and connecting families and children to resources. The grant assisted the three organizations organization in its effort to create a regional consortium tasked with addressing school readiness and social-emotional development. The grant also helped Chaffee county Early Childhood Council to hire a Child Mental Health Specialist that is available to the entire region.
In April, the Regional Council made a $10,000 grant to the unincorporated town of Guffey, Colorado. The grant supported the acquisition of broadband internet to the town. This has a profound effect on early childhood development in the area since the Guffey Charter School, which most of the area children attend, does not have broadband internet connectivity and is unable to utilize the many educational resources that require internet use.
Regional Council Members
Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Trustee, El Pomar Foundation
Former School District Administrator, Cañon City School District
Chairman and CEO, Collegiate Peaks Bank