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.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Frames Training on December 10th

As part of our efforts to implement systems changes to improve the wellbeing of Colorado’s children, the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership has enlisted the FrameWorks Institute to support community engagement through strategic communications. Join Moira O’Neil, Director of Research Interpretation at FrameWorks Institute, to learn about FrameWorks’ body of research on framing early childhood development, early adversity and resilience, and the implications of the research for a shared reframing strategy.

Join us as FrameWorks supports us in an interactive and hands-on workshop on these shared frames.

These frames will inform the Colorado-specific messages which emerge from the ongoing Shared Messaging for Early Adversity and Toxic Stress effort.

December 10, 2015 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Clayton Early Learning | 3801 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Denver, Admin. Building
Cost: $35 per person

Register for the Frames Training Here

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Raising of America Airs Thursday Night!

Tune in to your local Rocky Mountain PBS Station November 5, 2015 at 9 p.m.

Watch: The Signature Episode of The Raising of America documentary series

Learn how the growing squeeze on families for time, money and resources can literally alter young children’s developing brains. What are the consequences for Colorado, and how can we better assure a strong start for all our children?

An invitation to help build a better Colorado

A broad collection of Colorado leaders have come together under the leadership of former DU Chancellor Dan Ritchie to explore ideas for "Building a Better Colorado." These include improving the state's fiscal situation as well as the initiative and election processes.
We were pleased to be asked to participate and help frame the fiscal discussion. Now you have a chance to participate, and we encourage you to do so online at or by attending one of the summits in the metro area. RSVP wherever is most convenient!
Here's what the folks at Building a Better Colorado say:

Colorado is a state with remarkable people who have done remarkable things. We can be pleased by our historic leadership in so many areas, but today, our state faces some real challenges, including:
  • The ease with which our constitution can be amended.
  • Decreasing citizen confidence and involvement in the election process.
  • The imbalance between citizens' expectations of the services which their state government provides and the ability of their government to meet those expectations.
A growing and diverse coalition of concerned citizens, including Republicans, Democrats and independents, is coming together under the banner "Building a Better Colorado" with the shared belief that Colorado can be better.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CREATING LOCAL DEDICATED FUNDS FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH: How will we fund services for the next generation?

December 4, 2015 8:00 am-4:00 pm Washington D.C. (Location TBD)


  • Margaret Brodkin, mother of the San Francisco Children and Youth Fund, the country’s largest and one of the first dedicated funds – founder and director of Funding the Next Generation 
  • Elizabeth Gaines, senior fellow at the Forum for Youth Investment, and a lifetime children’s budget analyst and advocate, and policy coordination expert

This first ever National Institute is for teams from cities and counties who want to learn more about how to create local public dedicated funding streams. Participants may include children’s advocates, elected officials, system and coalition leaders and foundations. This will be a hands-on, how-to convening. We are limiting registration to 20 communities, with teams of 2-3 people.

The Institute will cover topics ranging from:
• Benefits of local funds for children, youth and families
• Successful funds in diverse communities
• Public revenue sources for dedicated funds
• Steps and strategies in passing a local funding measure
• Using the electoral process to fund children’s services
• Assessing the level of readiness in your community
• Next steps you could take

Submit a team interest form at:

Have a question? Email Elizabeth Gaines Sponsored by: Is your city or county ready to create a dedicated public fund for children and youth?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Taxpayers and businesses that make a qualified monetary contribution can claim a CO income tax credit for 50%

The Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit (CCTC) is a valuable resource for qualified child care providers with thousands of individuals taking advantage of the opportunity to support early childhood and receive a financial incentive. CCTC enables individual and business taxpayers that make a monetary contribution to promote child care and early education in Colorado to claim a state income tax credit of 50% of the total qualifying contribution. The credit was established in 1999 and is authorized by state statute through tax year 2019. However, CCTC was not fully available 2011 through 2014 due to a legislative “trigger” that was placed on the credit.

Effective January 1, 2015, the tax credit was fully restored. Nevertheless, the effects of the legislative “trigger” created a loss of millions of dollars to the early childhood provider community during the tax years 2011-2014. In an effort to re-introduce the Colorado public to its existence, as well as the importance, of CCTC, Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) has agreed to facilitate a coalition (the “Coalition”) of business, community and government leaders with the goal to bring taxpayer contributions back to pre-recession levels.

Learn more here: