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, 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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Monday, May 2, 2016

CDC releases technical package to help states and communities prioritize strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect

Today, the CDC released Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities. A technical package is a collection of strategies that represent the best available evidence to prevent or reduce public health problems like violence. The package supports CDC’s Essentials for Childhood framework and highlights 5 strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect:
  • Strengthen economic supports for families
  • Change social norms to support parents and positive parenting
  • Provide quality care and education early in life
  • Enhance parenting skills to promote healthy child development
  • Intervene to lessen harms and prevent future risk
The strategies in this package include those with a focus on preventing child abuse and neglect from happening in the first place, as well as approaches to lessen the immediate and long-term harms of child abuse and neglect. Strategies are intended to work in combination and reinforce each other. The technical package describes the approaches to advance each strategy and the evidence behind them.
The technical package is intended as a resource to guide and inform prevention decision making in communities and states, so that every child has safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments, in a world where every child can thrive.
Learn More

Friday, March 25, 2016

Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Adult Health in Colorado

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic or stressful experiences, such as abuse, which occur during childhood or adolescence. Existing research shows that these negative early life experiences have long-lasting effects on an individual’s well-being. However, the burden of these experiences among Colorado adults was previously unknown.

ACEs are common among adult Coloradans, with 61.7% being exposed to at least one type of ACE . More than one-third of adults have a history of multiple types of ACE. Nearly 15 percent of adults experienced four or more ACEs, and some adults have a history of all eight types (0.4%). Parental divorce/separation, emotional abuse, and having a substance-abusing household member were each cited by more than a quarter of adults (Figure 2). Physical abuse (18.9%), living with someone who had a mental illness (17.0%), and domestic violence (16.4%) were also common experiences. One in every ten adults were sexually abused before age 18, and the prevalence was three times higher among females. Six percent of Coloradans had a household member who spent time in prison.

See Health Watch for more information on this study.