Local Spotlight: Felice Daniels, Registered Nurse with Mesa County Public Health

Hello! My name is Felice Daniels. I am a mother, a Site Coordinator for Reach Out and Read Colorado, and a Registered Nurse with Mesa County Public Health, that has witnessed first-hand the positive impact books have in the lives of our children and families. I feel privileged to have been able to share the gift of books with many families while visiting in the home, and honored to have been able to work with two supportive Regional Coordinators, Cindy Phelps and Carol Federman over the past eight years.

My primary role in my organization is to work with staff and families in the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program. The families that NFP serves have limited incomes, and are planning for the future of their first child. As we are well aware there are basic needs that need to be met before our wants and desires are entertained. Many of the parents that we work within Public Health, want to give their children the best start in life, and are grateful for the resource that helps them provide for their families. The Reach Out and Read program is a vehicle that closes the gap between the social economic classes. With Reach Out and Read Colorado all children have the ability to have early exposure to books and an opportunity to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning!

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” ~ Shel Silverstein

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