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New program seeks to recognize local parents

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Connections 4 Kids, an early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties, has unveiled a new initiative.

According to coordinator Michelle Balleck, the agency is seeking to honor local parents through the Awesome Parent program.

"Through this project, Connections 4 Kids seeks to publically recognize effective and loving parenting moments and strategies, honoring the parents demonstrating the skills and encouraging other parents to think about their own parenting skills and consider adding new strategies to their parenting toolboxes," Balleck said in an email.

According to Balleck, Connections 4 Kids based on nominations will select the Awesome Parents. Members of the council then will contact selected parents to gather more information and solicit a photograph.

Additionally, selected Awesome Parents will be featured in articles in newspapers across the region, including the Craig Daily Press.

Connections 4 Kids is inviting area agencies and community members to complete the one-page Awesome Parent program nomination form and submit it to the council. Nominations will be considered on a rolling basis.

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The program will recognize one parent or set of parents each month, or as nominations are received. The nomination form is available at as well as at

For more information, email