Elbert County Early Childhood Council Newsletter

The Elbert County Early Childhood Council ensures that Elbert County is a community of well rounded, happy, healthy and educated children and families.

November is National Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health describes a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder. From the perspective of ‘positive psychology’ or ‘holism’, mental health may include an individual’s ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. Mental health can also be defined as an expression of emotions, and as signifying a successful adaptation to a range of demands.

Most recently, the field of Global Mental Health has emerged, which has been defined as ‘the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving mental health and achieving equity in mental health for all people worldwide’.

Remarks from the President – High Quality Preschools

“If we make high-quality preschool available to every child, not only will we give our kids a safe place to learn and grow while their parents go to work; we’ll give them the start that they need to succeed in school, and earn higher wages, and form more stable families of their own. In fact, today, I’m setting a new goal: By the end of this decade, let’s enroll 6 million children in high-quality preschool. That is an achievable goal that we know will make our workforce stronger.” Read more here.

Colorado Gives Day!


For the fifth, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to present Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. And for the first time ever, it features a $ Million Incentive Fund created by the partners, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds it the country.

Adult Reading Program Starts Now!

Yes, the Summer Reading Program has ended but programs never stop here at the Elbert County Library District. The Adult Reading Program this year was not held during the summer. This year it’s being held … NOW! All adult readers can join in the fun! Come into any location and pick up a log. Read 5 books then bring back your completed log, no sooner than October 31st for your prize of an infusion water bottle and to be entered into the grand prize drawing for a gift basket from Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Company that includes a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

This program will end November 30th
so there is plenty of time to get those books read.

New Research Shows Exercise Helps Kids with ADHD

A new study adds to the growing body of research that links physical exercise to enhanced learning and academic performance.

Published in
Pediatrics, the study found improved cognition and brain function in children who engaged in a daily physical activity program compared to those who did not increase their daily physical activity. Let’s just say, we had a hunch about this one.

Read more on the study and what AFHK CEO Rob Bisceglie had to say about it.

Happy Thanksgiving!


The Elbert County Early Childhood Council would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

be thoughtful
BE Genuine
but most of all