Essentials for Childhood Program
Child maltreatment (CM) is a significant public health problem in Colorado with long term effects on physical and mental health. Children who experience adverse events, such as child abuse and neglect, are more likely to develop health problems such as depression, substance abuse, obesity and chronic diseases later in life (1). In 2010, 11,720 children were victims of abuse or neglect in Colorado, a rate of 9.5 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 82.6 percent were neglected, 13.0 percent were physically abused, and 9.7 percent were sexually abused (2). This represents an increase of 7.9 percent from the number of victims in 2006 (3). In 2010, 27 children in Colorado died from abuse or neglect (4).
Collective Impact Team
Instead of asking, "why?" do you tend to ask "why not?!" We're looking for solution-focused people who innovate, influence, and break down silos across sectors, including health, business, education, family, faith-based, and policy professionals. The Essentials for Childhood project is building a diverse collective impact team that crosses disciplines, communities and cultures to work toward a common goal and drive change. The team will use a structured process - a collective impact framework – to develop and implement strategies to promote healthy families and relationships.
Essentials for Childhood promotes the types of relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens who can then build stronger and safer communities for the next generation. This initiative is groundbreaking because it facilitates a structured process for non-traditional partners to align efforts, and identifies strategies targeting large-scale social change.
You or someone you know could be part of this Colorado team to inform national practice! Interested in joining, or know someone who is? Complete the member interest form.
Please note that a limited number of spaces are available. Selected individuals will be notified in spring 2014. For more information about the type of person who is a good fit for the collective impact team, please see the document below.
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Colorado is one of only five states to be awarded funding for this new CDC initiative of Essentials for Childhood to address child maltreatment prevention.
- Essentials for Childhood promotes the types of relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens so that they can then build stronger and safer families and communities for their children.
- Essentials for Childhood is intended for anyone committed to the positive development of children and families, specifically to the prevention of all forms of child abuse and neglect.
- Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments (SSNR&Es) are essential to preventing child maltreatment and to ensuring children reach their full potential.
- CDC recommends the following four goals to promote SSNR&Es:
- Raise awareness and commitment across many partners
- Use data to inform actions
- Increase healthy children and families through norms change and programs
- Increase healthy children and families through policies
Child abuse and neglect can be prevented. Primary prevention efforts such as Essentials for Childhood:
- Aim to prevent child maltreatment before it occurs.
- Target the general population, because child maltreatment occurs across ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
- Acknowledge that child maltreatment prevention requires multiple sectors of the community to working together.
- Understands that preventing child maltreatment is more than a family problem – it’s everyone’s problem.
Using a Collective Impact framework, the focus of this project is to promote safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments. We will:
- Increase strategic collaborations between traditional and non-traditional partners.
- Identify, coordinate, and report on strategies across sectors.
- Increase awareness, community norms, programs, and policies around safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments.
- Establish state-level impact of the Collective Impact Team and its strategies.
What is Collective Impact?
- Collective Impact is a framework wherein organizations from different sectors agree to solve a specific social problem using a common agenda, aligning their efforts, and using common measures of success
- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is the backbone organization for this project
- Collective Impact initiatives share five conditions: a common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and a backbone organization.
- The Colorado Children’s Trust Fund and Family Resource Center Program at the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Colorado Children’s Trust Fund (CCTF) prioritizes funding the implementation of the Nurturing Parenting or Incredible Years curricula through community based organizations. The Family Resource Center’s (FRC) receive funding to support the Strengthening Families Framework in serving families. These efforts focus measurable change at the individual and family level.
- Prevent Child Abuse Colorado (PCA Colorado). PCA Colorado became a provisional chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America in 2009 to educate, connect, and mobilize Colorado communities and families so Colorado’s children can grow and develop free from abuse and neglect.
- Pediatric Injury Prevention Education and Research (PIPER), University of Colorado, School of Public Health. PIPER links research, training and practice to prevent child injury in Colorado, nationally and around the world.
- Steele Street Bank and Trust. Steele Street Bank and Trust serves Denver and the front range of Colorado and will serve as another business sector representative.
- Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect provides and improves direct clinical services, improves clinical service delivery systems, and provides training, education and consultation programs to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect in Colorado and throughout the nation.
- Children’s Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI), Colorado Children’s Hospital. CHAI’s mission is to positively impact the health and safety of children by working collaboratively with the public and community partners. The Colorado Children’s Hospital will serve as one partner from the business sector.
- Maternal Wellness and Early Childhood Programs at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Initiatives are focused primarily on screening and referral processes for pregnancy-related depression and early childhood development as well as mitigating toxic stress in infants and toddlers in Colorado.
Felitti, VJ, Anda, RF, Nordenberg, D, et al. (1998) The relationship of adult health status to childhood abuse & household dysfunction. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 14(4): 245-58.
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. (2011). Child Maltreatment 2010: Reports from the States to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System: Table 2-1: Screened-In and Screened-Out Referrals, 2010. Retrieved on June 14, 2013 from www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm10/index.htm
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. (2008). Child Maltreatment 2006: Reports from the States to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System: Table 3-4: Victimization Rates, 2002-2006. Retrieved on June 14, 2013 from www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm06/index.htm
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. (2011). Child Maltreatment 2010: Reports from the States to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System: Table 3-6: Child Victims, 2010. Retrieved on June 14, 2013 from www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm10/index.htm