Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Funding: Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grants


Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grants
Request for Proposals

The Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Initiative (Initiative) announces a Request for Proposals for the Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grants for local partnerships dedicated to advancing the workforce. The Initiative is an innovative public-private partnership between Buell Foundation, Gary Community Investments, Early Milestones Colorado, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Department of Human Services. For this grant opportunity, the Initiative is collaborating with Rose Community Foundation, who will serve as the fiscal sponsor for grantmaking.

Those with innovative ideas for systemic change in workforce recruitment, retention, and compensation are invited to apply. For this grant opportunity, “early childhood workforce” is defined as those (teachers, directors, family child care providers) who work with children birth through five in licensed schools, centers, and homes. We are looking for committed partners with a strong vision, a serious commitment to drive change, and a flexible mindset to adapt to the challenges of implementing truly innovative work. This highly competitive grant has an emphasis on data-informed, sustainable, systems improvement efforts that address community challenges and may inform broader statewide change.

As a part of this Initiative, The Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Team will:
  • Invest in local partnerships to implement innovative strategies to advance the early childhood workforce
  • Provide technical assistance to support using data to accelerate learning and implementation success
  • Evaluate the progress and outcomes of the initiative
  • Support local-to-state feedback loops to reduce system-level barriers to improving early childhood workforce recruitment, retention, and compensation

Key Dates:  
  • February 9, 2018 (1:00 pm MST) - Informational Webinar (Registration required)
  • March 23, 2018 (5:00 pm MST) - Proposal Due Date
  • May 1, 2018 - Awarded Projects Start Date 
Additional documents needed for submission of proposals are posted online. Registration is required to attend the informational webinar to learn more about this opportunity. Learn more here: http://earlymilestones.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/RFP_Innov-Grants_web2-1.pdf

Feel free to contact Christi Chadwick, Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Project Director, Early Milestones Colorado, with questions. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Resource from Washington State: "Prevention Tools: What Works, What Doesn’t"

Are you looking for resources on prevention strategies for your community? 

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services – Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), which administers state and federal funding to support evidence-based programs to prevent adolescent use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs, have developed several tools on prevention with the goal of sharing research about what works, and the resources available to put this knowledge into practice with prevention providers.

Access Prevention Tools: What Works, What Doesn't and other resources here.

WEBINAR: Highlighting Important Prevention Resources From Our Partners

Our partners at the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention are hosting the following webinar:

"Highlighting Important Prevention Resources From Our Partners"

Wednesday February 21, 2018 12PM to 1PM MT

Have you wondered what prevention resources are available from Cribs for Kids, The Children’s Safety Network, and City MatCH? Please welcome, Judith Bannon, Jennifer Allison, and Erin Schneider for a webinar as they discuss the mission of their organizations and the various prevention resources available for you.

Webinar will be recorded and posted with the slides on the NCFRP website: www.ncfrp.org


National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is Hiring!

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JOB TITLE:    Research Analyst II/Policy Associate

PROGRAM:   Health Program

LOCATION:   Denver

RECRUITING RANGE:     $3,486 - $4,028+/month (depending on the position and experience, plus benefits)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This professional health policy position will focus on state policies related to public health, including prevention of opioid misuse and overdose, prevention of child maltreatment and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), injury and violence prevention, adolescent health issues, and other topics, as assigned.​

Learn more about the position and apply here: https://ncsl.applicantpro.com/jobs/710441.html

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Apply to present at the Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference

Illuminate Colorado is now accepting workshop applications for the 2018 Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference! The application deadline is February 16th. 

The conference will be held September 26th-28th, 2018 at the Vail Marriott in Vail, Colorado. The 2018 conference theme is "Elevating H.O.P.E. and Building Leadership".

In preparation for submitting your application, we recommend you familiarize yourself with the Strengthening Families Protective FactorsThe Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action and the Two-Generation Approach.

Visit www.illuminatecolorado.org/sfconf2018 to submit a workshop application!





WEBINAR: Achieving Health Equity and Improving Health Behaviors by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health


Achieving Health Equity and Improving Health Behaviors by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. (MT)

REGISTER HERE for HRSA's two-part series to increase awareness of health equity and provide behavioral health practitioners with strategies and resources for improving health behaviors and reducing disparities in access to behavioral health care. Part One will focus on the concepts in defining health equity and social disparities in health. Part Two will provide behavioral health practitioners with strategies and resources for reducing disparities.

Objectives:

  • Identify complex concepts in defining health equity and why definitions do matter.
  • Identify what produces and reproduces social disparities in health and health behaviors.

Save the date of March 22, 2018, from 2 to 3:30 PM ET, for Part Two of the Behavioral Health Equity Town Hall webinar series.

For more information about Part One of the series, contact Cynthia Harne, at charne@hrsa.gov.

WEBINAR: Maternal Mental Health 101

Maternal Mental Health 101

Maternal Mental Health 101

Thursday, January 25, 12:00–1:00pm MT

Pregnancy-related mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety, affect between one in five to one in seven expectant and postpartum women through the first year after birth. This webinar, hosted by Health Links, will provide an overview of what pregnancy-related mental health disorders are and three ways employers can support their employees’ mental health through the perinatal period (conception–age one). Presenters will also share information on new resources available to support expectant and new moms.

Learn more and register here: https://ucdenver.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mB5pMzEjRbaUeiX19ZrqSQ