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.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Study on the Changing Needs of American Working Families

Recent demographic trends, economic conditions and technological advances are having profound influences on how American families live and how we think about work and careers. Cultural norms are rapidly shifting, roles are changing within families, relationships and involvement with our communities and with others are disappearing while the number of virtual connections to others has skyrocketed. Furthermore, our technology tools are not only changing the way we work but are actually changing the way our brains work. The speed of this social change is unprecedented in modern American culture and we expect these changes to continue at an even faster pace in the future. Although each family is adapting to changing realities, we are largely unaware of the extent of the transitions underway and the implications for family life and the future workforce. 

The current research sought to understand how these workplace changes, population trends, cultural factors, economic conditions and technology influence families and how US workers are adapting and responding. How are families adapting to social changes, what are the impacts of technology on daily life and are families developing practical solutions to respond to increasing uncertainty and pressures of time and resources? What do American families care about most and how can we help them shape their futures to achieve it? 

To address these questions, WFD Consulting conducted a national survey with a sample of 1100 working adults and 16 focus groups in 6 cities around the country with working adults from diverse backgrounds in terms of race and ethnicity, income, lifestage and household type.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Funding opportunity for LAUNCH Together Phase I Planning Grants

Applications are currently being accepted for LAUNCH Together Phase I Planning Grants. Inspired by the SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) initiative, the purpose of LAUNCH Together is to expand effective practices into Colorado communities to further support the wellness of children prenatal through age 8 (with an emphasis on prenatal through Kindergarten) by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of their development. LAUNCH Together is  new opportunity to support Colorado communities in advancing children’s social and emotional health.

LAUNCH Together aims to 
  • Invest in communities to plan and implement effective community-based strategies and train professionals in a variety of settings; 
  • Bring together public and private partners to communicate what works, raise awareness and support policy changes to sustain effective community practices; 
  • Evaluate the project and provide technical assistance to grantees.
Grants awarded through this funding opportunity will support communities in conducting a comprehensive planning process, including an environmental scan of systems and programs in the grantee’s community as well as development of a strategic plan to guide the work.

Click here to see the RFA.

Due Date for Applications:
October 19, 2015, 5:00 p.m. MDT

Estimated Number of Awards:
Up to 7

Estimated Award Amount:
Up to $55,000 per award

Friday, August 21, 2015

Essentials for Childhood Collective Impact Team Event - Day 2

If you can't join us in person for today's meeting join us by webinar.  Click here from 9 am to 12 pm on Friday August 21 to watch the presentation on the Colorado Children's Campaign and to participate in the policy workshop.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Essentials for Childhood Collective Impact Team Event

Tomorrow's Essentials for Childhood Collective Impact Team Event will begin promptly at 9 AM on Thursday, August 20th and again at 9 AM to 12 PM on Friday, August 21st at the Lowry Conference Center.

Be sure to show up a little early to register and have a bite to eat! 

Also, we will broadcast this event via webinar and will send out a recorded version after the event for those of you who were not able to attend. Click here tomorrow at 9 AM to join by webinar.