San Juan Region
Counties: Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel
Cities: Delta, Gunnison, Montrose, Ouray, Telluride
In the San Juan region and throughout the state of Colorado, there are many valuable causes, but limited resources through which to support them. This presents the San Juan Regional Council with the question of how best to distribute the finite resources at their disposal. As with all Councils, San Juan Council members want to have the greatest impact with the grants they recommend.
The San Juan Council has decided that investing in the educational and behavioral development of children beginning at an early age will provide the greatest returns to the region over time. Studies have shown that investing in early childhood education (ECE) and development does, in fact, bring significant positive returns over time. Children who benefit from ECE programs show higher cognitive ability than those who aren’t enrolled in ECE programs, beginning at toddler age and extending all the way through college. Children who participate in ECE programs are less likely to repeat grades, require special education, or get into future trouble in the legal system. Similarly, these children are more likely to attend a four year college and earn more over a lifetime. Because of the early intervention these children receive, long term health outcomes are improved.
Meet Our Regional Council Members
Vice Chairman and Trustee, El Pomar Foundation
Retired County Commissioner, Gunnison County
The Honorable Don Coram
Colorado State Senator, District 6
Senior Manager Western Slope, Connect for Health Colorado
Editor, Writers on the Range
Former Colorado State Senator
Coordinator, UnBOCS SWAP
Vice President of Facilities, El Pomar Foundation
Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation