What is MECC?
The Montelores Early Childhood Council, MECC, is made up of area professionals and lay people from Montezuma and Dolores counties. These are childcare providers and preschool directors, county social services, county health departments, School Community Youth Coalition, The Piñon Project, The Nest, Southwest Kids (Community Connections), parents, and libraries, to name a few.
The council came together to ensure quality services for young children and their families and to provide support for providers. As a council we are able to secure grants and funding and share information. In effect, we become a resource for one another and our communities.
A few of the council's goals are helping children have access to high quality early learning supports and environments and comprehensive health care; helping families have meaningful community and parenting supports; and helping early childhood professionals have the knowledge, skills and supports to work effectively with and on behalf of families and children.
Currently, the council is working on a resource directory, web site, newspaper articles, resource fair and professional development.
Some of the Council's recent accomplishments include developing a strategic plan and setting up several committees to meet goals. The Council is applying for grants and cementing more community partnerships.
All children are valued and thriving.
To promote and sustain a comprehensive, high-quality early childhood system to support the community and families, and prepare children for success in school and life.
· MECC will serve as the infrastructure for the early childhood system of care—a vehicle for making community-wide collaborative decisions about the components, operation and accountability of that system.
· We will engage and consult with community partners, within an open, coalition framework, to make decisions and implement new programs.
· We will implement systems changes within the early childhood environment by working with county and state governments and public and private organizations to produce positive outcomes for young children and their families.