Focus Areas

Public Policy

Our Focus

Children are more likely to thrive when caregivers, families and communities experience opportunities for health and well-being. We believe all children, youth and families deserve equitable access to systems of support.

Partnering to promote public policy advocacy and systems change can promote justice and equity and achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people in Colorado.

What We Fund

Caring for Colorado seeks to create lasting, meaningful and broad change that improves the lives of children for generations to come. We support public policy advocacy as a central tool for advancing our mission.

Public policy advocacy funding can support general operating, capacity building, network and coalition building, research and analysis, public education, policy implementation engagement and monitoring, leadership development, polling, nonpartisan voter education, regulatory efforts, and, in some cases, limited lobbying.

Public Policy Advocacy

Caring for Colorado responsively funds public policy advocacy, at local, county and state levels, to support efforts that align with our goals in Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Youth and Strong and Resilient Families. Our public policy advocacy and systems change priorities include —

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  • Strengthening families and communities to ensure children are safe and that their physical, emotional and cognitive needs are met.
  • Growing programs, services and investments in the behavioral health of Colorado’s children and their caregivers.
  • Creating access to and strengthening safety-net and public benefit programs, such as health coverage, food and housing assistance, income supports and tax credits, paid leave and childcare subsidies.
  • Ensuring comprehensive reproductive and sexual health services are accessible, affordable and culturally responsive.
  • Addressing economic and racial inequity.
  • Solving for Colorado’s fiscal constraints to create greater investment in the health, social and education systems.

Policy efforts that focus on children, youth and families experiencing systemic barriers to health and well-being in rural, urban and frontier communities are our priority. We seek to fund local- and state-level organizations that center community voice, engagement, feedback and decision-making.

Recent Grants

Colorado Center on
Law and Policy

Work to ensure behavioral health parity, promote the integration of physical and behavioral health and continue to inform policymakers, advocates and foundations about health policy affecting Coloradans with low incomes.

Together We Count

Act as a hub of census information, training and support for trusted messengers, including to strengthen education and messaging and ensure that all Coloradans are counted in the 2020 census.

One Colorado
Education Fund

Complete a policy scan on disciplinary policies that negatively affect LGBTQ youth, create resources and trainings for schools, and train youth, parents and youth-serving adults.

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