Peaceful Households/Not One More Child Coalition
Community planners, policymakers and community foundations play a significant role in the prevention of child maltreatment by building communities that are family friendly. Colorado launched the Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action in April 2017 to help promote child well-being on the local level and give local leaders a tool to plan for success. Fifteen communities received financial support and technical assistance to use the Framework tool in a community planning process, one of which was El Paso County, putting the community on the leading edge of planning efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect.
To give families in Adams County the additional support they need, ECPAC applied for and received a Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action (Framework) Community Planning Grant in October 2017, putting the county on the front lines of planning efforts aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect, and strengthening families. In addition to financial assistance from the Colorado Office of Early Childhood, the grant included extensive support from Early Milestones Colorado, a nonprofit intermediary that serves as a statewide conduit for best practices and high-impact ideas that promote success for young children and families in Colorado.
Child Maltreatment Prevention
Framework for Action
This framework is designed 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.
El Paso County plans to prevent child maltreatment
El Paso County’s Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action planning resulted in four primary goals and corresponding objectives:
Increase parental awareness of the impacts of trauma.
- By 2025, 35 percent of El Paso Count parents of children ages 0-6 will have been educated on the impact of childhood trauma.
Boost the awareness and use of strategies to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect in El Paso County.
- By August 2020, provide evidence-based education to 35 community organizations/businesses to increase awareness of the effects of childhood trauma and strategies to address trauma and strengthen families, with 25 percent of those reporting implemented the strategies.
Create neighborhood cohesion
- By 2020, create increased neighborhood cohesion in the Hillside neighborhood or in alignment with neighborhood projects in progress.
Build capacity for families to care for their children by increasing family-friendly policies (working with employers to allow more flexibility in workplaces, such as allowing parents time away to bring their children to the doctor).
- By 2020, create a family-friendly business rating policy in El Paso County.