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Boots on the Ground Report

EARLY CHILDHOOD COUNCILS - Boots on the Ground: Advancing the Shared Vision for Colorado’s Children. Early Childhood Councils, established by legislation, are local collaboratives of public and private stakeholders in the community that work in close partnership to ensure that the youngest children are ready for school and families have the support they need to thrive. By sustaining a network of local, community-driven entities, it is possible to disseminate programming and best practices throughout the state as well as to gather diverse perspectives from Colorado’s many regions. This is the only formalized network that exists in Colorado that crosses all domains and is charged with facilitating development of a coordinated system that supports children by influencing their relationships, environments and communities. In addition, the Buell Foundation supports efforts to improve the access, quality and equity of the three early childhood domains as detailed in the Early Childhood Colorado Framework. As a unique network, the councils are an important lever for systemic change that impacts families with children ages zero to five, and it is imperative that councils function at a high level. This report was produced with support from the Buell Foundation. The Buell Foundation currently invests more than $2 million per year in the early childhood councils across the state.  Funding is provided in the following areas:  infrastructure & systems building, workforce & professional development, quality improvement, increasing access to high-quality child care, and other direct services.  

Home Visitation Resource Guide

This Home Visitation Resource Guide was developed by the Southwest (SW) Denver Home Visitation Collaborative, which was established in Year 4 of the LAUNCH Together-SW Denver initiative. LAUNCH Together was designed to improve the social and emotional outcomes for young children (prenatal through age eight) and their families in Colorado. A priority for LAUNCH Together-SW Denver has been to improve social and emotional well-being for families by supporting the providers who serve them. The SW Denver Home Visitation Collaborative is an example of this approach in action!    

Program Directory for Families

This Program Directory for Families is pulled from the full Home Visitation Resource guide for easy reference and is easy to print/send as its own document. Includes early intervention resources, parenting classes, nurse home visiting services, and more.  

Office of Children’s Affairs

The Denver Mayor’s Office of Children's Affairs regularly compiles briefs, reports and presentations on child health, child population, child poverty, disconnected youth, early childhood and public school data, as well as the comprehensive Status of Denver Children report, a data-based publication containing a wealth of information specifically about Denver’s kids.  

Vroom

New science tells us that our children’s first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Every time we connect with them, it’s not just their eyes that light up—it’s their brains too. In these moments, half a million neurons fire at once, taking in all the things we say and do. We can’t see it happening, but it’s all there, all at work. Vroom provides daily tools and ideas for brain building in form of an app you can download to your mobile device.  

Child Trends

Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that provides valuable information and insights on the well-being of children and youth. For more than 30 years, policymakers, funders, educators and service providers in the U.S. and around the world have relied on data and analyses from Child Trends to improve policies and programs serving children and youth.  
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