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Coordinator Corner

The warm sunshiny days of summer have given way to autumn’s cool crisp days and in the blink of an eye the holidays will be upon us. This is the time of year I like to stop and reflect on all that I am thankful for – of which there is an abundance. Close to home I am ever grateful for my family. I have a husband who supports my busy-ness and keeps the home fires burning when I am traveling. I have four wonderful grown children and beautiful grandchildren that bring me endless joy. The beauty and diversity of the area takes my breath away on a regular basis and living here is counted among my blessings.  

I am also abundantly blessed in my work life. MECC has a talented, passionate staff that bring sunshine and light into not only my life but our early childhood community as well. We have dedicated partners that care deeply and work hard to improve the lives of young children and families. I am grateful for the meaningful work that we are able to do and to know that our work does make a difference.

It feels as if school just started; yet the semester is almost over. MECC coaches are busy working with teachers as centers prepare to have their Qualistar Ratings and/or prepare for NAEYC Accreditation. We have our annual Expanding Quality in Infant and Toddler Care 8 week course under way and 28 teachers are attending the five-part Teacher Classroom Management training. Our family nights happen monthly and families are coming and having fun with their children. Our new and improved website is being built and is going to be awesome! Our Health Navigation Guide for families is also nearing completion. Many early childhood professionals attended the EC Conference in Durango the last weekend in September and came back re-energized and ready to implement new ideas. These are just a few of the things happening in our early childhood community. There is a lot going on locally, statewide and nationally in the realm of early childhood. Stay tuned for more news and to stay up to date!


MECC Member

Katrina Lindus is happily married with two children and lives in Cortez. She started her path to the Early Childhood Council in 2009 when her beautiful daughter became her inspiration for starting a career as an early childhood teacher.  Working at both Trinity Lutheran Preschool and The Children’s Kiva she earned her Early Childhood Teacher qualification and adored her work in the classroom. With the birth of her son came a new role as a full time caretaker and advocate for a special needs child. She was ecstatic when presented the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of our community’s children working for MECC. She is the Health Integration Coordinator working with the wellness committee on a health navigation guide for families; and the new Transition Coordinator hoping to ease the transition into kindergarten for all children in the community.

Katrina is truly thankful for far too many things to list. A few of her favorite things include: daily banter with her husband, the way her daughter sings along to nightly lullabies, her son’s awesome dance moves, the opportunity to witness many miracles, the heath of her children, her family and friends both near and far, a nice new pair of shoes, a hot cup of coffee, and a great big cheeseburger. She is truly blessed.

For Families and Providers

Memory Jar

With the New Year right around the corner, this is great way to capture the upcoming 2014 for your home or center.

We(courtesy of ) keep this vintage pale blue canning jar on the kitchen counter with a stack of colorful paper and a marker. Every few days, one of us will jot down something that made our family laugh or smile. On New Year’s Eve, we’ll be emptying out the jar, unfolding each paper and reading them one by one.

Next year, a new jar to begin again — and the best part is we can bring out past jars anytime to remember the little things that shaped our lives.

A memory jar is more fun than a journal – as anyone in the family can contribute to it. The best is when one of us secretly writes memory and quietly slips it into the jar. I can’t wait to read some of the notes my kids have written all year long. Thanks to for this wonderful idea.

Sliced Apples with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce

Apples (they're in season
1/2 cup peanut butter
6 ounces of non-fat vanilla yogurt
1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon honey
dash of cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Serve chilled with apple slices.

Courtesy of Smart Magazine

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Please join us for Gobbles and Gobbles of Family Fun, Thursday, November 21st from 5:30pm-7:00pm. RSVP by November 19th to
MECC will be partnering with the School Community Youth Collaborative (SCYC) to take part in a WordPress training Wednesday, November 20th from 3pm-7pm in the Grange building in Mancos.  Contact Vangi for more information or if you would like to attend.
Remember that MECC and area preschools are working together to create a float for the Parade of Lights. If you would like to help and get those creative juices flowing, email Sahara or call 970-564-3211.
Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Partners (RSAPP) is recruiting a half-time AmeriCorps member to serve at the San Juan Basin Health Department.  Check out the position description here, and if interested, contact Keslie Borland at or call 970.317.0805.

Pop a Tab For Sam!

Start saving your aluminum can tabs and consider donating them to Sam.  For more information on how you can help Sam with your can tabs, click here.

MECC now has the 5210 table tents available to distribute within the community.  This is part of MECC's strategic plan and the Nutrition and Health committee.  Help us distribute these in Montezuma and Dolores counties.  Stop by the office, the Johnson Building, or call 970-564-3211.

Check out this great jingle to promote 5210 in your homes or in your centers.

MECC is now accepting applications for our 5th cohort of Family Leadership Training Institute. Let's expand our network of Family Leaders.  For more information click here, and to apply visit:  Applications due by December 1st, 2013 and classes will begin in January.
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