Bright EYES-Early Years Education Stewards
READY to LEARN and READY for LIFE
Awareness around the importance of quality early care and education programs has been raised throughout the country and Bright EYES is Longmont’s own initiative to promote quality programs for preschool-aged children. The EYES in Bright EYES stands for Early Years Education Stewards and conveys our vision of Longmont’s role in providing the best possible opportunities for our community’s youngest learners.
The Bright EYES initiative was formed in 2003, when a local ad hoc group of representatives from the City of Longmont, the St. Vrain Valley School District and several Longmont health and human service agencies formed to focus on ways that the Longmont community could help ensure that ALL Longmont children have a healthy start in life and are ready to learn when they enter school. Bright EYES hired its first project coordinator in March 2007, with funding provided by the City of Longmont. In April 2007, Bright EYES launched the Mayor’s Book Club program, which encourages 3- and 4-year-old children and their parents and caregivers to read a new book together monthly.
In the fall of 2010, Bright EYES undertook a strategic planning initiative to realign its goals and strategies with a new decade. The following vision and mission statements came out of this strategic planning, as well as two important ongoing tasks:
Vision Statement: Longmont’s Early Learners: Ready for School. Ready for Life!
Mission Statement: Engaging and Connecting Longmont Area Families with Early Learning Resources and Opportunities
- Seeking out the variety of financial resources for early learning opportunities for our undeserved populations
- Mapping the various early learning resources available in Longmont to identify current gaps
See links at left for more Early Learning Opportunities.