Council for Children and Families presents its quarterly report to commission

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In other action

At its meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

• Approved, 2-0, the passing of documents including a warrant resolution, letters of support for the Colorado Transit Coalition, a Core Service Program Contract for Sexual Abuse Treatment services and amendments to the Hart annual license and support agreement.

• Discussed the national political scene, specifically the Massachusetts election to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Commissioner Tom Mathers said the November general election date would be “one of the most important days in American politics” because of the election’s effect on health care reform, for which Kennedy was a supporter.

• Approved, 2-0, appointments requested by the Youth Services Department for the Crisis Evaluation Team and Juvenile Services Planning Commission.

The group works to prevent an increase in juvenile delinquency and child runaways.

Appointees included Elizabeth Oldham, 14th Judicial District Attorney; K.C. Hume, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office investigator; Marie Peer, Moffat County Social Services director; and county commissioner Tom Gray.

The Northwest Colorado Council for Children and Families presented its quarterly report to the Moffat County Commission at its Tuesday meeting.

The organization, which is dedicated to strengthening childhood education within schools, families and other outlets, provided commissioners Tom Mathers and Audrey Danner with an overview of its activities in recent months, as outlined by representative Barbara West.

West stressed the council’s efforts in training its community workers in the Pyramid Teaching Model, which is designed to increase the emotional and social competency of children through acknowledgments and affirmations by authority figures.

West cited a case in which she had seen the teaching model pay off: A preschool teacher, who made a habit of greeting each student individually every morning, accidentally overlooked one child one day.

The student brought it to the teacher’s attention, demonstrating the effect that such efforts, or lack thereof, can have on a child’s self-esteem.

West said her organization has worked on improving other such behavioral traits in local children through the Pyramid Model, but the group has made other efforts in Craig and the surrounding areas in recent months, as well.

Besides distributing trick-or-treat bags on behalf of the Colorado Lead Coalition at Halloween for Craig, Rangely and Meeker, the council also donated early childhood education materials to the towns’ libraries to improve the condition of child care.

West also brought up the Wage Bonus Stipend received by the Colorado Department of Professional Development.

The incentive allows children’s councils across the state to improve the quality of childcare providers, who receive funds from the Colorado Department of Education upon the documented completion of care courses with a grade of “C” or better.

Danner lauded the efforts of West and the council she represents.

“They’ve developed a strategic plan, and that’s why they’ve been so effective,” she said.

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