Attention: This is not a current document. It is an excerpt from the Web page of the former Colorado governor, Roy Romer. It is displayed by the Colorado State Archives for its historical value.
Colorado's first lady, Bea Romer, is a recognized leader in the field of family and
children's issues both in Colorado and nationally. An early childhood and family life
advocate and educator in her own right, she also chairs First Impressions, Governor Roy
Romer's initiative on families and children.
Through projects such as "Read to Me, Colorado" and the Colorado Initiative
for Family Learning, Mrs. Romer has taken the lead in making family literacy a priority
for Colorado. She is active in Bright Beginnings, a non-governmental initiative to help
communities organize support for new families, founded by Gov. Romer and the late Brad
Butler, the former chairman of the board at Procter and Gamble. The initiative seeks to
help make Colorado the best place to raise a child by providing "Warm Welcome"
home visits to new parents, universal health care and quality and affordable child care
for all children.
On a national level, Mrs. Romer serves on the boards of the Child Care Action
Campaign, the Family Resource Coalition of America and the Home Instruction Program for
Preschool Youngsters (H.I.P.P.Y. USA). She has previously served as a member-at-large on
the governing board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and
has sat on the National Head Start Fellowship Review Committee.
Mrs. Romer initiated and chairs the Colorado Women's Health Campaign, part of the
Governors' Spouses Program, National Women's Health Campaign. The Colorado campaign,
"Good Health for Women is Everyone's Business," is designed to raise awareness
about disease prevention and health promotion for women.
Mrs. Romer has a bachelor's degree in child development from Colorado State University
in Fort Collins and holds a master's degree in educational psychology from the University
of Colorado at Denver. She is certified as a family life specialist by the National
Council on Family Relations.
In her early career, Mrs. Romer founded the Montview Community Preschool in central
Denver. The preschool is known in the Denver area as a progressive learning institution.
Gov. and Mrs. Romer live in Denver. They have seven children and 16 grandchildren. Mrs. Romer was born in 1929 and grew up in Laramie, Wyoming. She moved to Colorado when she was 18 years old.
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