Good Beginnings

VCHS Child Development Committee is made up of parents, educators, professionals and healthcare providers.

The mission of this committee is to make a positive difference in the lives of young children in Valley County by educating parents about children’s growth and development, in order to strengthen the family unit as a whole.

Educational topics include:

  • Promoting early childhood health
  • Reducing child abuse and neglect
  • Assuring children arrive at school ready for success

To view scientific material on childhood development, click the links below.

To sign up for the Leading to Reading program, click here.

To learn about the Storytime program, click here. To register for the Storytime program, click here.

For more information, view the Good Beginnings Brochure or call 308.728.3011.

Associate Recognition

Gold Star Award

Mark Deaton


Mark Deaton started the Respiratory Therapy Department at Valley County Hospital 25 years ago. Since then, he has worked at many other hospitals, including Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. We are very fortunate that he has returned to VCHS. Since we have hired Mark, he has taken the bull by the horns and suggested several new process changes that needed to be implemented. In addition, he has also tackled the annual FIT testing for our associates. He is a self-starter and his positive attitude in the midst of a stressful situation is admirable! Thanks Mark for all that you are doing and have already done for VCHS…we are glad to have you back after all this time!

 Congratulations Mark, you are a Gold Shining Star!


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