Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood, in partnership with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, designed the Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action as a tool to guide strategic thinking, at the state and local level, about resource investments to prevent child maltreatment and promote child well-being.
As this tool is used collectively across the state, the resulting alignment of strategies will maximize the impact on shared outcomes. It is up to communities to identify needed policies, workforce supports and community development, in addition to direct services for families.
Building a Community that Prevents Maltreatment
Below are a number of specific steps to follow in applying the concepts and suggested action items raised in framework.
Community Planning Toolbox
The Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action is just one tool in your community planning toolbox.
Click HERE to download the complete community planning toolbox which includes:
- The Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action Toolkit from the Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, which includes more information on the community action steps and sample data collection tools.
- The Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action
- Parent and community survey results
- A literature review by the Chapin Hall to provide states and local communities useful guidelines for selecting specific interventions and, more importantly, building an infrastructure to support high quality implementation.
Community Planning at Work
Thanks to the support of the CDHS Office of Early Childhood and the Zoma Foundation, ten communities in Colorado will be receiving financial support and technical assistance to create the first local child maltreatment prevention plans using the framework, but we hope all communities will utilize this tool.
No matter where you are at in your planning process, we want to connect with you and want to make sure you are connected with others. Whether you are just getting started and would like a presentation on the Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action or want to know more about how to align great work that is already happening in your community with the framework, we are here to help.
Visit the Co4kids community blog to find out about future funding opportunities and get updates on prevention in Colorado.