Fifteen Colorado communities were awarded funding and technical assistance to engage in an eight-month local participatory planning process using the Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action (Framework). The Framework is designed as a tool to guide strategic thinking, align strategies, and maximize shared outcomes to prevent child maltreatment and promote child well-being at the state and local level. The Framework will guide community planning to mobilize action that protects children, and then track implementation and measure progress. This initiative is generously supported by the Colorado Department of Human Services and the ZOMA Foundation.
The community planning process requires cross-system collaboration, and local planning teams must bring participation from a variety of stakeholders. Community champions will convene teams of local stakeholders that include most of the following: social/human services, early childhood, k-12 education, family resource centers, parent support programs, parents, community mental health, public health, medical professionals, community centered board, economic security and workforce development, child fatality prevention coordinator, first responders, higher education/community college, business sector, local public officials, local philanthropy, and other community-based organizations.
Congratulations to the fifteen community champions selected!
- Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council
- Bright Futures
- Catholic Charities Diocese of Pueblo
- Community Partnership Family Resource Center
- Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County
- Mesa County Public Health
- Morgan County Family Center
- Mountain Family Center
- Mountain Resource Center
- Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership
- Peaceful Households
- Piñon Project Family Resource Center
- Prowers County Department of Human Services
- Starpoint Fremont Family Resource Center
- West End Family Link Center
Early Milestones Colorado is the lead agency supporting communities’ planning efforts and will provide facilitation and technical assistance support to grantees. At the end of the eight-month planning process, the fifteen grantees will have outlined a local maltreatment prevention plan by completing specific tasks outlined in the community planning toolbox. Communities across Colorado can use the free tools available at https://co4kids.org/community-planning to complete the community planning process on their own.