The Trust provided multi-year support to Colorado's network of Early Childhood Councils—community-based collaboratives that connect children and families to resources and quality services in early care and education, health, mental health and family support—to better integrate health services into their local early childhood system development efforts.
In the fall of 2014, The Trust produced the above video, as well as several others specific to individual Early Childhood Councils. Additional videos from the series can be viewed at the links below:
- Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council
- Denver's Early Childhood Council
- Early Childhood Council of La Plata County
- Early Childhood Council of Larimer County
- Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County
- Rural Resort Region Northeast Early Childhood Council (Grand Beginnings and Early Childhood Options)
- Mesa County Partnership for Children & Families
- Montelores Early Childhood Council
The Trust is conducting an internal evaluation to examine the extent to which the councils integrate health services into their local early childhood systems, as well as lessons learned about factors contributing to systems change. Evaluation contact: courtney [at] coloradotrust.org (Courtney Ricci, PhD), Head of Evaluation & Learning for Community Change, The Colorado Trust, 303-837-1200.
Spark Policy Institute, a national change agent organization that collaborates with nonprofits, foundations, policymakers and communities, partnered with The Colorado Trust and 25 Early Childhood Council grantees from 2010-12 to generate emerging information and lessons learned for how to build a more integrated system of care at the local level, linking child health services to other early childhood services. The evaluation of the first phase resulted in a series of briefs intended to leverage knowledge related to the Early Childhood Councils' efforts. Each brief provides an overview of the respective issue, a description and analysis of findings and a set of recommendations.
- Brief Report #1: Data Use and Shared Accountability
- Brief Report #2: Integrating Health Partners
- Brief Report #3: Communications and Messaging for Early Childhood Health
- Brief Report #4: Screening and Referral Systems for Early Childhood Health
GRANT AMOUNT: $5.75 million