JACKSON HOLE, WYO \u2013 Teton County Commissioners yesterday adopted a resolution to proclaim April 8-12, 2019 as the Week of the Young Child. Commissioners signed on to statewide and national efforts to promote education, awareness, and investment in policies and programs designed to improve the quality of life for young children and their parents in the Teton County community while also raising the profile of childhood educators.\r\n\r\nNumerous groups were present to witness the adoption of the resolution including Jackson Hole Discovery Preschool, Teton Tiny Tots, Children\u2019s Learning Center, Teton Literacy Center, Sweet Peas Babies, Growing Great Families, parents and caregivers from the community.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis resolution and its proposed actions are intended to show the Board\u2019s support for prioritizing and investing in early childhood programs, policies, and systems that will set our youngest residents and their families up for success over the long term and recognize the valuable role that early childhood educators play in Teton County,\u201d said Commissioner Natalia D. Macker, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. \u201cThe research illustrates that this type of investment pays dividends for the entire community. Unfortunately, Wyoming is one of only four states in the nation that doesn\u2019t invest in pre-K at the state level. With this effort we hope to take positive steps to enhance the successful work already underway in Teton County while accessing resources available through a broader network of partners.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn addition to local partners and organizations, the State of Wyoming is recognizing these important efforts and investments through a similar, formal declaration from Governor Mark Gordon\u2019s office.\r\n\r\nThe resolution and proclamation include provisions to work with the Town of Jackson and other local partners and stakeholders to create an Early Learners Committee that will be charged with creating a plan with measurable outcomes to implement, shift and enhance evidence-based approaches that promote a comprehensive and equitable continuum of care that begins before birth and spans into adulthood, with specific recommendations for children under three and their parents and families.