Colorado Communities Increase Focus on Child Maltreatment Prevention
The Colorado Department of Human Services and ZOMA Foundation recently awarded grants to fifteen communities to support their efforts to develop local child maltreatment prevention plans.
Each will convene a cross-system planning team including parents and stakeholders from a variety of child-, family-, and community-serving entities to assess current services and identify priorities. They will use the recently released 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:
- child well-being and achievement;
- caregiver well-being and achievement;
- consistent high-quality caregiving; and
- 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 will receive 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.
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