Learning from Larimer Families

On February 21, 2019, Leap hosted a panel presentation called "Learning from Diverse Larimer Families: Perspectives on our early-childhood services," at the Harmony Library in Fort Collins. The event was facilitated by Jess Fear, the Behavioral Health Strategy and Implementation Manager from the Community Impact Team at the Health District of Northern Larimer County. The four person panel consisted of local community members from different backgrounds who shared their personal stories on raising young children in Larimer County. The panel discussed a number of topics related to their experiences with nontraditional family structures (such as grandparents raising grandchildren and adoptive families); the importance of early intervention and raising children with special needs; special considerations for screening multi-lingual children, and more. Afterward, the audience engaged the panel with a Q&A, which led to a rich discussion on how we can create a more inclusive community. One panelist summed it up by saying: "We're all different, but we have a common drive to raise happy, healthy kids."

Special thanks to our panelists for sharing their time and personal stories with us:

Gail Engel

Zuleyka Adorno-Calderon

Nicole Booker

John McKay


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