Colorado Essentials for Childhood is a partnership of stakeholders who are committed to a future where children and families thrive in the places where they live, learn, work and play. Our ultimate goal is to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect in our state.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Family Friendly Assessment and Toolkit

The Family-Friendly Assessment (FF+) launched on June 29, 2016. Many of you and your have already received scores and a corresponding family-friendly designation. We encourage all of you to visit: to fill out the assessment and please share with others that may be interested.

One of our goals is for FF+ to be a recognized designation throughout Colorado. A designation that employers want to attain, that encourages friendly competition to support employees in all stages of life.

We are currently looking for funding to build the infrastructure required to properly launch FF+. We would be thrilled if you / your organization would consider being an initial FF+ underwriter. Please contact David Shapiro to discuss this opportunity.

Additionally, the Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit was released this summer. You can view and download the Toolkit at We continue to promote this resource throughout Colorado and plan to update it bi-annually. Feel free to share this well-researched asset broadly among your networks.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Supporting Family-Friendly Employers in Colorado

Employers play a critical role in the lives of their employees, after all, the average person in the United Sates spends 8.9 hours a day at work in comparison to 1.2 hours they spend caring for others.[1] Employees, in every stage of life, should feel supported in the workplace. It is for that reason that partners in Colorado are teaming up to better understand family-friendly workplace policies and practices.

EPIC (Executives Partnering to Invest in Children), Essentials for Childhood (EfC) and Health Links have formed a strategic alliance to lead Colorado’s conversation about family-friendly employers. In June 2016, this alliance launched two initiatives to understand and strengthen family-friendly employment practices:
  • The Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit highlights best practices and the components of a family-friendly workplace. We will continue to update the toolkit with relevant examples of corporate best practices as more and more employers are adding family-friendly policies.
  • The Family-Friendly Workplace Assessment assists employers to assess and evaluate their culture and benefits. Businesses of any size can benefit from utilizing the assessment. Upon completion, organizations receive a family-friendly score (FF+) and are directed to resources and coaching.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

EPIC 2016 - Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit from Enchanted Road Productions on Vimeo.

A Unique Opportunity - A Valuable Resource

Individuals and business taxpayers may make a monetary contribution to qualified child care and early education programs in Colorado and claim a state income tax credit of 50% of the total qualifying contribution. The money goes directly to qualified child care providers and can be used to enhance programs, purchase equipment and facilities, staff training, financial assistance for child care and referral services.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Building a Culture of Collaboration

First Pre-Summit Webinar

The Civic Canopy is hosting a series of learning events prior to the Collective Impact Summit. At the first Summit Learner Event, attendees learned and shared excitement about collaborative work happening at The Civic Canopy and in the broader Denver community, as well as were introduced to the Canopy community learning model.

Tash Mitchell, a resident of NE Denver and an active leader in collective work was our featured speaker who discussed the Collaborative Learning Model and it's application.

Click here to view the presentation

Karen Pittman Joins the 2016 Collective Impact Summit!
Karen Pittman is known for inspiring transformative change for individuals, communities, and systems. At the Summit, she will challenge participants to consider what it really takes to achieve and measure meaningful impact. Checkout our website for more on Ms. Pittman and other speakers!

Save the Date for the Next Event: September 22!
Location and topic to be determined. Stay tuned by watching your email, checking out the website, and following us on Twitter and Facebook!

Have ideas for what you want to see at the Summit? Post your thoughts here!

Don't Forget About Scholarships!

The Summit has a limited amount of scholarships available. Please considerapplying for one as an individual, as a team or share with someone who might benefit!

Please see the Sponsorship Guide or contact to become a 2016 Canopy Summit sponsor.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Let's raise the wage, Colorado!

Today we join partners throughout the state to announce a new campaign that will improve the lives of Colorado families.

When: Wednesday, May 18, 12 pm
Where: Vine Street Pub, 1700 Vine St, Denver, CO 80206

Our state’s minimum wage is just $8.31 per hour. The cost of living in Colorado is going up drastically, and the minimum wage hasn’t nearly kept up. Thousands of hardworking Coloradans are struggling to make ends meet.

That’s why we’re launching Colorado Families for a Fair Wage. Join us today at the Vine Street Pub in Denver to send a clear message that the time to raise the wage is now!

If you can't be there in person, follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter to join the conversation.

Colorado Families for a Fair Wage is a coalition of small business owners, community partners, working families and faith organizations coming together to create an economy that works for all Coloradans.

Our campaign is about the people of Colorado. It's about helping single parents raising children, seniors who can't afford to retire and aspiring students who want to pay for an education.

It's about creating a level playing field for small businesses, boosting the state economy and putting more money in the pockets of people who will spend it here in our state.

Help us raise Colorado’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020. It’s sound economic policy and the smart and fair thing to do.

New CDC Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Infographic

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