CORTEZ – In Celebration of the Month of the Young Child, the Montelores Early Childhood Council, the South West Board of Cooperative Services and SWKids are joining together to bring an early childhood fair to Montezuma County. The Early Childhood Celebration will be Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the County Annex in Cortez.
The fair is geared for parents and their children age birth up to 5 years. It will offer information about programs, support and services for young children in the community as well as provide several types of health screenings. The event is free of charge and no appointments are necessary.
The services offered at the fair include screenings for development, hearing, vision and dental. Local health professionals will be volunteering their time to conduct the screenings. While immunizations will not be available during the fair due to the increased number of children participating, parents who bring their child's shot records can have their child's immunizations reviewed and receive a free shot coupon to bring to the Montezuma County Health Department at a later date. Child ID's and fingerprinting will be provided by the Montezuma County Sheriff's Department.
Parents can also visit with health professionals to find out more about child nutrition, WIC, CHP+, mental health programs, parenting programs, smoking cessation and much more. Car seat checks will be available from 9 a.m. until noon, and parents can purchase new car seats for $20. Information about bike and helmet safety will also be provided and a limited number of $5 helmets will be available for purchase.
Local preschools and daycares will be on hand to answer questions about their programs and enrollment procedures. Parents may be able to complete enrollment forms for upcoming summer and fall programs or pick up enrollment packets that can be returned to the preschools at a later date.
Many of the participating preschools and daycares will be providing fun, make-and-take activities that children can participate in. Parents and their young children can meet Smokey Bear, visit with a K-9 Cop, find out about search and rescue dogs, see a fire truck, and meet local firemen. There will be storytelling, puppets, musical entertainment, door prizes and more.
Parents are encouraged to bring their young children and come out for a fun and informative day in Celebration of Early Childhood. For more information, call Pam Wilderson at 970/759-4726.