We want Colorado’s children to have healthy beginnings — brain development is most rapid in the first three years of life and early experiences and relationships have significant impact on health and well-being.
What We Fund
The needs of infants, young children and their caregivers are best met through coordinated services that focus on their full environment of relationships. We emphasize the integration of infant, child and maternal mental health into programs serving families because it can profoundly affect child development.
We prioritize rural, urban and frontier efforts reaching caregivers of color and families with limited incomes that incorporate family voice and leadership into decision-making. Programs can be established models or promising community-based practices. Funding may support programs/projects, capacity building, general operations, collaboration and systems building.
Enhancing Perinatal and Pediatric Health Care
We support integrated perinatal and pediatric care behavioral and mental health care, screening and referral with community connections and group-based care and education.
Strengthening Support During Pregnancy and Early Parenting
We support efforts to expand the reach of parenting education, home visitation and peer support programs and community-driven efforts to reduce social isolation and strengthen caregiver-child relationships.
Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
We support the healthy social and emotional development of young children by building the mental health knowledge of early childhood professionals and caregivers across settings including centers, family childcare homes and family, friend and neighbor care.
Implement the SMILE program at the Commerce City clinic to integrate pediatric primary care to improve families’ understanding of early childhood development, incentivize regular well-child visits, and increase the likelihood that young patients will reach their developmental milestones.
La Pinata Del Aprendizaje
Implement parenting classes, and provide access to resources, and social and community connections in a culturally and linguistically welcoming environment to the Latino families of Montbello, Globeville/Elyria/Swansea, and Thornton.
Utilize early childhood and mental health specialists to support young children (ages 0-6), their caregivers, teachers, and childcare providers with evidence-based programs, coaching, and early childhood mental health consultation in Eagle County.