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Colorado Communities Increase Focus on Child Maltreatment Prevention

Nov 16, 2017

In 2017, the Colorado Department of Human Services and the ZOMA Foundation awarded fifteen Colorado communities funding and technical assistance to engage in an eight-month local participatory planning process to develop local child maltreatment prevention plans.

Each of the communities convened a cross-system planning team that included parents and stakeholders from a variety of child-, family-, and community-serving entities to assess services and identify priorities. They used the Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action to guide their strategic thinking. The framework was developed in partnership with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and the Children’s Trust of South Carolina. It identifies four overarching outcomes that are essential to preventing child maltreatment:

  1. child well-being and achievement;
  2. caregiver well-being and achievement;
  3. consistent high-quality caregiving; and,
  4. safe and supportive neighborhoods.

The framework also outlines potential strategies for achieving the outcomes, and indicators that can be used to measure progress for each. In addition to funding, the awardees received technical assistance from Early Milestones Colorado during the eight-month grant period. Other communities interested in engaging in planning on their own can access the toolbox here.

Thanks to the support of the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood and the ZOMA Foundation, the fifteen communities were able to create local child maltreatment prevention plans. In 2019, five more Colorado communities worked to create local child maltreatment prevention plans. To learn more about what each site prioritized, visit their community planning coalition pages here.

Reviewed January 2020

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