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.

Create the Context for Healthy Children and Families through Policies

Informing policies to improve the provision of safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments requires the efforts of many, including state and local health departments, the media, and community organizations. In addition, it is critical to ensure that there is awareness of the policies and that resources exist to support the policies’ long-term implementation and evaluation. There are resources available that can help you better understand using policies to support children and families, such as the Systems of Care Policy Action Guide.

The two steps suggested by CDC to inform policies that might support safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are: 
  • Identify and assess which policies may positively impact the lives of children and families in your community 
  • Provide decision-makers and community leaders with information on the benefits of evidence-based strategies and rigorous evaluation

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