Area education leaders voiced their concerns and ideas regarding early childhood education Wednesday during a visit by Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and Christine Benero, president and CEO of Mile High United Way.

The visit to the Montrose Regional Library by the Denver officials was part of their six-day “listening” tour of Colorado, an excursion designed to help them gain insight and perspective on the critical issues of early childhood literacy in the state.

Mile High United Way has partnered with Garcia in the effort to strengthen early literacy. From the information Garcia and Benero obtain on their tour, they hope to put together a statewide literacy action plan — a document that conveys what they heard on the tour, provides resources that have been shown to produce results and perhaps recommends policies and collaborative efforts, Benero said.



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