Arnold is new Connections coordinator

RBC I Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, announces the hire of its new oral health coordinator, Amanda Arnold.
Arnold will take over the work of completing Connections 4 Kids’ three-year grant through The Colorado Trust to implement the Cavity-Free at Three program in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties. Arnold replaces Ashley Moon, registered dental hygienist, who will remain involved with the council’s work and offer trainings in the future.
Cavity-Free at Three is a three-year, statewide effort to prevent oral disease in young children. The effort aims to engage dentists, physicians, nurses, dental hygienists, public health practitioners and early childhood educators in the prevention and early detection of oral disease in pregnant women, infants and toddlers. The goal is simple: For all children in Colorado to be cavity-free by the time they reach age 3.
“I am very excited about my new position as the oral health coordinator because I feel this program is very important and can benefit the overall health of children in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. Dental cavities are one of the largest childhood diseases and they are completely preventable,” Arnold said. “I look forward to collaborating with local medical, dental and early childhood providers to implement this important program.”
Most recently, Arnold worked as a licensed daycare provider. She offered care to as many as six children at a time and was involved in the daycare association in Craig.
“We are pleased to welcome Amanda to Connections 4 Kids and our Cavity-Free at Three work,” said Michelle Balleck, Connections 4 Kids coordinator.
Arnold, her husband Daniel, and their two children, Kyler, 6, Kaylee, 4, live in Craig.
For more information about Cavity-Free at Three, call Amanda Arnold at 824-1036, or visit www.cavityfreeatthree.org.
For more information about call Michelle Balleck at 824-8282, ext. 47, or visit www.connections4kids.org.