TELLURIDE, CO, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 – The region’s shortage of child care options has been a hot topic this year.

Just 211 child care slots are available for 383 children in San Miguel County under the age of 5. Kathleen Merritt, executive director of Bright Futures — a Telluride-based nonprofit that focuses on early childhood education in the county — believes that a ballot initiative to raise funds for early childhood education should be part of the solution.

The San Miguel County Board of Commissioners approved the language for the Early Childhood Initiative, Ballot Issue 1A, at a Sept. 7 meeting. It is the county’s only item on the ballot for the Nov. 7 election. Read more.