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, October 27, 2015

Colorado Essentials in now on Twitter!

Colorado Essentials

You can follow @COEssentials by clicking here.  Don't forget to tag @COEssentials in all your posts that help to promote safe, stable and nurturing families and communities. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Do you think work flexibility is a good idea? Me too! Join me in supporting 1 Million for Work Flexibility to help make a positive change. Check it out!
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1 Million for Work Flexibility is the first national initiative to bring people together and create a collective voice in support of work flexibility.

Click here to find out more

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Webinar: Making Flexibility Work, Hosted by Catalyst

This month, 1MFWF celebrates our second anniversary, and today also marks the first day of National Work & Family Month. Among the many activities we have planned to celebrate these occasions is a free webinar with 1MFWF Founder Sara Sutton Fell and Director Emma Plumb, hosted by 1MFWF Supporter Catalyst. Please join us!

Webinar: Making Flexibility WorkDate: Thursday, October 15
Time: 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. ET
Panelists: Sara Sutton Fell, Emma Plumb, Amelia Costigan

At 1MFWF, we know that the advantages of flexibility are clear for both employees and employers. Business benefits include cost savings, reduced carbon footprint, disaster preparedness, and higher productivity. Employee benefits include lower stress, higher morale, and effective work/life integration. And yet, too many organizations are still reluctant to embrace this better way to work.

Are you a manager who’s still unsure about whether flexibility is right for you and your company? Are you an employee looking to flex, but not sure you’ll have support from your employer? It’s time to ask: why aren’t you flexing?

Join Sara Sutton Fell, Founder of 1 Million for Work Flexibility, Emma Plumb, Director of 1 Million for Work Flexibility, and Amelia Costigan, Senior Associate at Catalyst, to learn practical tips for making flex work for you as an employer or employee.

Register Now for this FREE webinar!

About Sara Sutton Fell
Sara Sutton Fell is the CEO and Founder of FlexJobs, an award-winning, innovative career website for telecommuting, flexible, freelance, and part-time jobs, and founder ofRe

Monday, October 5, 2015

LAUNCH Together Funding Opportunity

LAUNCH Together is inspired and informed by SAMHSA’s Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) initiative and Colorado Project LAUNCH (COPL) partners. LAUNCH Together is inviting applications from Colorado communities interested in expanding evidence-based prevention and promotion practices and building coordinated systems to support the wellness of children prenatal through age 8 with a focus on behavioral health and social and emotional development.

LAUNCH Together aims to 1) invest in communities to plan and implement effective community-based strategies and train professionals in a variety of settings; 2) bring together public and private partners to communicate what works, raise awareness and support policy changes to sustain effective community practices; and 3) 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.

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

Get more information about this funding opportunity by visiting, or by contacting project staff:
· Morgan Janke, LAUNCH Together Project Director –
· Molly Yost, LAUNCH Together TA & Policy Manager –

Friday, October 2, 2015

Childhood Experiences: Our stories shape our lives

Digital Storytelling Workshop: YOUR PICTURES, YOUR VOICE,YOUR STORY

This is a very unique, free workshop to encourage those who are passionate about preventing childhood adversities to tell their stories or share their knowledge through digital storytelling. Digital storytelling is a powerful way to share information with others in a more personal way—through the stories that influence our lives.

Participants will be joined by others from across the Denver Metro area. Participants might be parents (clients?), service providers, pediatricians, members of the community, employers, policy-makers, or others…it might even be you! Think of individuals you know who care greatly about families and young children and have a story to share. Participants will receive a copy of their video, as well as a $50 gift card. Videos will be used to advocate for prevention of childhood adversities.

All logistical details and contact information are included on the flyer. Please consider sharing this opportunity with at least one person who may have come to mind.