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Posted on: August 10, 2022

Helping Kids Succeed on their “Paths”

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If the summer-ending-and-school-starting ritual makes you anxious, you aren’t alone. Our children are headed back to school and Jefferson County Government is proud to do our part to not only help our children succeed in their early education path but also in their “paths” to school.

Early Education Success
As you know, here in Jefferson County, our schools are governed by Jeffco Public Schools and the Board of Education not Jefferson County Government. However, what you may not know is Jefferson County Government supports early childhood education and offers a program to set our kids up for success on their early education path - - the Jefferson County Head Start (JCHS) program.

JCHS serves 366 children and operates 11 full-day classrooms providing a comprehensive, no-cost preschool program serving kids who are 3- to 5-years old in Jefferson County (excluding Lakewood as they operate their own Head Start program). The program provides a range of support and services for our children and families all with the mission to empower families to become stronger, healthier, and self-reliant. The commissioners recently held our annual Head Start strategic planning session where staff shared with us their successes, goals for the school year,  and their methodology to continue to help set the stage to get our kids off on the right path in their early years. Learn more about the program and how to apply online at Jefferson County Head Start.

Bicycle Plan
As our children return to school, they are walking and driving, but also biking. In 2022, our Planning Commission adopted the Jeffco Bicycle Plan which was designed to serve as a blueprint for making improvements to the county’s bicycle network. The planning processes utilized a regional approach that focuses on the implementation of bicycle accommodations that are continuous and consistent throughout the cities, towns, and unincorporated areas of Jefferson County. A more extensive bicycle network will help:

  • your kids who ride bikes to and from school, get there and home safely.
  • the county reaches our goal of increasing the number of bike and walk trips throughout the county.

Thank you for contributing to our children’s success and helping our Jeffco children be safe as they return to school this year, next and into the future. As George R.R. Martin once said, “summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.”

Commissioner Kerr can be reached at [email protected] or (303) 271-8503.

To learn more about the Jefferson County Commissioners, visit our website. The Board of County Commissioners’ public hearings are held on most Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. and we invite you to join us for public comment. Click here for details.

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