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Thriving Families: Care is the origin we all share

Audio by Daniel Stone, Community First Foundation Marketing Manager

From the Community First Foundation Thriving Families Early Learning & Care in Jeffco community conversation, August 2022

From her early beginnings as the eldest in her family, Taran Schneider, Executive Director of Healthy Child Care Colorado, knew she wanted to be involved in the caregiving field. Growing up in the childcare system of the military, she saw firsthand the successes, investment, and tools that system offered for children. It wasn’t until she joined the civilian life that she realized that those same world class offerings weren’t readily available to other children. Then she met Daphne, a child whose parents were both deployed, and she saw firsthand how inequitable systems of childcare can impact development. Daphne soon experienced regression, withdrawal, and even aggression issues. But to help Daphne, Taran had to ask herself, “What can I do?” And what she did was rely on her experience, her passion, and her toolbox to care for Daphne.

That same approach has guided Taran to this day. From spending years in the military childcare system, to caring as a nanny, to visiting 100s of childcare programs to learn about the intricacies of how we can build the infrastructure of childcare, her passion for supporting children is paramount. And what she has learned in those experiences like with Daphne and others is clear – the importance of having early childhood mental health consultation is exactly what is needed to thrive. To have a deeper understanding, they need support, someone who can focus on helping them have less stress in their daily lives.

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