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Prevention Through Partnership

Prevention Through Partnership

“Prevention happens in partnership” is a phrase often repeated by the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), Dr. Melissa Merrick. As the Colorado chapter of PCAA these words rang especially true for us at Illuminate Colorado in 2021. As we began to...

Show Your Respect This FASD Awareness Month

Show Your Respect This FASD Awareness Month

Each September, we recognize Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Month to bring awareness to the many individuals and families who are impacted by the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol in Colorado and across the United States. What is Fetal Alcohol...

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Request for Proposals – Equity Consultant

Request for Proposals – Equity Consultant

-Illuminate is seeking proposals for a skilled and collaborative partner that will support Illuminate Colorado with the Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (CO-ECCS): Health Integration Prenatal-to-Three (P-3) project with equitable processes in the project...

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Prevention Through Partnership

Prevention Through Partnership

“Prevention happens in partnership” is a phrase often repeated by the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), Dr. Melissa Merrick. As the Colorado chapter of PCAA these words rang especially true for us at Illuminate Colorado in 2021. As we began to...

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It Can’t Just Be Me

It Can’t Just Be Me

Me:  “Will you please go downstairs and turn off the lights you left on in the bathroom, your room, and the den?!”  My Son:  “Why?  Maybe later.” Me:  “Well then let me rephrase it. If you don’t turn off the lights now, you’ll lose your device for the day! It’s not...

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How Circle of Fathers Helps Me

How Circle of Fathers Helps Me

To achieve our mission to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment, Illuminate Colorado is focused on growing Circle of Parents® in Colorado. This national, evidence-informed model provides a friendly, supportive environment led...

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Do you know if your playdate’s house is a safe place to play?

Do you know if your playdate’s house is a safe place to play?

Sending your kids over to play at a friend’s house to play is one of the best ways to make it through the summertime while school is out, child care is limited and the need to find activities to entertain our kids is endless. But, it can also be a scary decision for any parent to make to entrust the safety of your child with another adult. Do you know if it is a safe place to play at your playdate’s house?

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Patience is a Virtue: The Struggle of Gentle Parenting

Patience is a Virtue: The Struggle of Gentle Parenting

Like all parents, I have a ton of stuff going on. I overcommit to things, I always think there is more time in the day, and when I feel the crunch of obligations begin to weigh down on me, the dictator starts to come out. I rarely give myself or my daughter any wiggle room for the inevitable unknowns that may arise in life, like an accident on the freeway when we are already running late.

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Illuminate Colorado Awarded $60,000 Primary Prevention Grant by Prevent Child Abuse America to Support Abuse and Neglect Prevention Strategies as Part of Thriving Families, Safer Children

Illuminate Colorado Awarded $60,000 Primary Prevention Grant by Prevent Child Abuse America to Support Abuse and Neglect Prevention Strategies as Part of Thriving Families, Safer Children

Denver, Colorado—Illuminate Colorado announced today a $60,000 Primary Prevention grant awarded by Prevent Child Abuse America® (PCA America), with funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, to support the organization’s work to transform child welfare policy and...

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Supporting Better Beginnings Through HB22-1295

Supporting Better Beginnings Through HB22-1295

Colorado prospers when our youngest children thrive because they are our future workers, leaders and community members. No matter where they live–the plains, mountains, rural areas or urban centers–children need high-quality experiences and loving relationships to...

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It’s Time for Us To Cover All Coloradans

It’s Time for Us To Cover All Coloradans

Illuminate Colorado is proud to join a wide array of healthcare providers, community organizations and citizens across Colorado in advocating for HB22-1289 Health Benefits For Colorado Children And Pregnant Persons, a recently-introduced bill being led by the Center...

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Time To Plant Your Pinwheels!

Time To Plant Your Pinwheels!

This time of year, for more than ten years now, you may have seen gardens of pinwheels planted in the community, at school, day care or a local hospital or nonprofit organization, and wondered, why? It’s because planting pinwheels represents the bright childhoods we...

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How to Develop and Foster Parent Leadership

How to Develop and Foster Parent Leadership

Last week, we published Meaningful Parent Leadership and Why It Matters, a blog by Candice Bataille discussing the importance of parent leadership and how it fits into Circle of Parents. In this blog, Candice shares how to develop parent leaders within the Circle of...

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Meaningful Parental Leadership and Why It Matters

Meaningful Parental Leadership and Why It Matters

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already the beginning of February. And that means it’s officially Parent Leadership Month. It’s a time designed to highlight the opportunities and engage in partnerships that support strong and lasting roles for parents as leaders. One...

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Illuminating Policy in 2022

Illuminating Policy in 2022

The regular session of the Colorado General Assembly kicked off on Wednesday, January 12th, and Illuminate Colorado is continuing its commitment to ensuring Colorado's state policies build brighter childhoods for all Coloradans. Illuminate has prioritized 2022 policy...

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Mom, You’re Too Much

Mom, You’re Too Much

Working in the field of sexual assault prevention can make a mom a tad neurotic, no? When my three were babies, I added anatomically correct body parts to our sing-along songs “Head, Shoulders, penis, Knees and Toes.” My spouse would shake his head and laugh, “You’re...

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Five Minutes With My Congressman

Five Minutes With My Congressman

Recently, I had a chance to talk with an aide from the 4th district represented by Congressman Ken Buck about the FASD Respect Act (H.R. 4151 and S.2238).  This piece of legislation could change my family’s life and potentially prevent hundreds of thousands of...

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Shape Our Future–Vote!

Shape Our Future–Vote!

Every election is an opportunity to shape our communities, and the 2021 election is no different. While there are no people on the ballot, there are a number of state and local financial issues that will impact the lives of Colorado kids and families.  The 2021...

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Seeking New Board Members

Seeking New Board Members

Are you passionate about strengthening families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment? Illuminate Colorado is growing our board of directors. We are seeking passionate, dedicated individuals representing multi-cultural perspectives and/or life experiences to join our Board of Directors.

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A Deeper Dive Into the Toxicology Resource Guide

A Deeper Dive Into the Toxicology Resource Guide

Toxicology results can be complicated to understand. The results may or may not tell us whether the environment is safe for the children, who was exposed to a substance, or shed light on the strengths and protective capacities of caregivers and children. Even the...

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Pivoting During a Pandemic

Pivoting During a Pandemic

The year 2020 brought with it unprecedented challenges and opportunities to fulfill our mission to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment. Monitoring local and national health reports and directives regarding the spread of...

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When Parenthood Comes Full Circle

When Parenthood Comes Full Circle

As I kissed her goodbye and blessed her “Dios Te Bendiga” (“God Bless You”), I walked away among the swarm of frantic and emotional parents just like me on moving day at the college dorms. Exiting the dorm building, I found a quiet place on campus, my mind suddenly...

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Toxicology, But Make It Understandable

Toxicology, But Make It Understandable

Have you heard about the Toxicology Resource Guide? It was developed by toxicology experts working with Illuminate Colorado, the Colorado Office of Children, Youth, & Families and Children’s Hospital. The Toxicology Resource Guide was developed to support Colorado...

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Request for Information

Request for Information

Illuminate Colorado is looking for a skilled and collaborative partner that will support our organization in implementing the Conversation Guide for Professionals on Substance Use, Children & Families in four states (Region 1) with the possibility of expanding to...

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Building a Fort on a Solid Foundation

Building a Fort on a Solid Foundation

That fort became the quintessential metaphor for what we were going through as a family and possibly what our society was going through as a whole. The building of that fort is something I will never take for granted and never ever forget in reflecting on the true purpose that it actually served.

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Shaping Colorado’s Early Childhood Landscape

Shaping Colorado’s Early Childhood Landscape

Colorado is at a turning point. Due to the passage of House Bill 1304 Early Childhood System, the state is embarking on a journey to redesign how the state structures early childhood programming by creating a new state Department of Early Childhood, effective July 1,...

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Promoting Focused Eye-Hand Coordination

Promoting Focused Eye-Hand Coordination

A picture is worth a thousand words! However, focused eye-hand coordination are the four words that come to my mind when I look at this photograph. This picture captures a baby focusing on the objects in front of her and then reaching out for them--a perfect example...

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What good was his diagnosis anyway?

What good was his diagnosis anyway?

I finally realized my adult son was not going to be able to live independently when he couldn't hold down a job and had several arrests for theft. It was not fun going to court or visiting him in jail. I was seriously afraid he'd end up in prison. I regret waiting to...

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Removing Barriers to Public Opportunities

Removing Barriers to Public Opportunities

For all families and communities to thrive, state and local officials must utilize an inclusive approach to family economic security as we push toward a post-pandemic Colorado. Unfortunately, current state law requires verification of legal presence when determining...

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Safe Storage Means Safer Kids

Safe Storage Means Safer Kids

Safe and proper storage of firearms can contribute to a safe home environment for all members of a family. The Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System specifically recommended in 2018 to raise awareness and provide education to child welfare providers and community...

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Seeking Kappa Delta Alumna to Join Board of Directors

Seeking Kappa Delta Alumna to Join Board of Directors

Are you passionate about strengthens families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment? Illuminate Colorado is growing our board of directors. We are seeking passionate, dedicated individuals representing multi-cultural perspectives and/or life experiences to join our Board of Directors.

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Investing in Children and Families this April

Investing in Children and Families this April

Policymakers have the opportunity to ensure our state continues to invest in our communities to strengthen families through our state budget and through federal stimulus funding next month. Responding to immediate needs of families is crucial during this pandemic, and...

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Illuminate Colorado is Giving Away 40,000 Pinwheels To Inspire A Conversation

Illuminate Colorado is Giving Away 40,000 Pinwheels To Inspire A Conversation

Illuminate Colorado, the Colorado Chapter for Prevent Child Abuse America , has given away 30,000 free Pinwheels for Prevention® to inspire Coloradans to grow a better tomorrow for all children, together. The nonprofit working to strengthen families, organizations and communities is calling on an additional 10,000 Coloradans to claim their FREE pinwheels and plant them in their front yards and neighborhoods.

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Say It Louder For the People In the Back

Say It Louder For the People In the Back

Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to stand up and speak out, but too often it feels like we are preaching to the choir. Now is the time to say it louder for the people in the back. You need only to look at the media coverage associated with the words "child abuse...

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Taking Care of Others Starts with Employee Wellness

Taking Care of Others Starts with Employee Wellness

Earlier this year, Illuminate Colorado provided these beautiful branded yoga mats to our staff to welcome in the new year. Not only did they make great gifts, but they actively promoted self-care, highlighting a growing--and important--trend in the workplace. The...

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State of the State Includes Tax Credits Known to Reduce Child Maltreatment

State of the State Includes Tax Credits Known to Reduce Child Maltreatment

Gov. Jared Polis put forward a significant investment in hardworking Coloradans by proposing to “double the Earned Income Tax Credit, and provide up to $600 in tax credits per child for nearly 200,000 families in our state through the Colorado Child Tax Credit”. Creating communities where families are able to meet their basic needs like food, shelter, medical care and child care by strengthening household financial security is proven to reduce the risk factors for child abuse and neglect.

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Illuminate Colorado’s 2021 Policy Agenda

Illuminate Colorado’s 2021 Policy Agenda

The Colorado General Assembly is reconvening on Tuesday, February 16th after a month-long pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Advocacy work in a virtual environment will continue to require flexibility and adaptation, and Illuminate remains committed to ensuring our...

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The FASD Project is Coming to Denver Feb 12-13

The FASD Project is Coming to Denver Feb 12-13

As the Colorado Chapter of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome  (NOFAS), Illuminate Colorado is encouraging anyone willing to share their experiences to participate in this important opportunity. The FASD Project is tentatively scheduled to visit in the greater Denver  to engage with people willing on Friday February 12th and Saturday February 13th.

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No One, in Fact, Is Better Than Ezra

No One, in Fact, Is Better Than Ezra

If you don’t know what Imposter Syndrome is, Ezra, a Coloradan father, can tell you all about it. Working through a divorce, going back to school to pursue a career change and dealing with health issues all made for an extremely difficult year for him. Going through...

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Yoga and Post-Traumatic Growth

Yoga and Post-Traumatic Growth

Over the last five years, the number of children in Colorado experiencing sexual abuse has steadily risen. Seven percent of the 286,534 allegations of child maltreatment in Colorado over the last five years involved concerns of sexual abuse; 28 percent of those...

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Celebrating Fathers of Freedom

Celebrating Fathers of Freedom

Thanks to Combs and Nunez leadership, military fathers have a new place to connect with a brand-new Circle of Parents group in Colorado Springs open to any veteran father starting this month. The community known as Fathers of Freedom will meet online every Tuesday via Zoom beginning November 17th from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

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Spread the Word about Safe Infant Sleep

Spread the Word about Safe Infant Sleep

To help raise awareness about safe infant sleep during Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month in October, we’re inviting you to participate in a fun and friendly photo activity called #SafeSleepSnap. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles—anyone can...

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Election Day is Less Than One Month Away!

Election Day is Less Than One Month Away!

Elected officials up and down the ballot can impact our daily lives and the well-being of our communities. From health care to housing, education to immigration, and child care to local taxation, elected officials influence programs, policies, and funding that...

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A Drug Test is Just One Piece of the Puzzle

A Drug Test is Just One Piece of the Puzzle

Professionals in child welfare, child maltreatment prevention, prenatal and neonatal care need to collaborate to improve support for families impacted by substance use disorders prior to the birth of a new baby and during those first years of a child’s life. ...

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What Foster Parents Need to Know About FASDs

What Foster Parents Need to Know About FASDs

During the month of September, individuals and advocates raise awareness about the impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). FASD is a term that is used to describe a range of effects that can occur as a result of prenatal alcohol exposure. Below is a blog...

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Illuminating FASD

Illuminating FASD

September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) awareness month and every year on September 9th, International FASD Awareness Day is observed. It is an opportune time to give an overview of how Illuminate Colorado is working to strengthen families impacted by...

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Pregnant During a Pandemic

Pregnant During a Pandemic

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child in February, I knew I was beginning a new crazy adventure, but little did I know how “crazy” it actually would be. The day after my first prenatal appointment on March 12, my work, my social life, my world became the...

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Keeping Kids Safe Online

Keeping Kids Safe Online

This year, planning for school means planning to keep kids safe online. Last week, I had to decide how my children were going to return to school year.  I don’t know if I made the right decision. It was so difficult and it seems every parent I have talked with has...

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Yoga and Mindfulness: Six Benefits for Kids

Yoga and Mindfulness: Six Benefits for Kids

Did you know that yoga is great for kids? More and more studies are showing the numerous benefits that come from yoga and mindfulness. And we’re not just talking about flexibility, although it definitely helps with that, too! Yoga for children can be powerful. The...

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A Letter from Illuminate Colorado

A Letter from Illuminate Colorado

Our nation's families and communities of color are suffering due to racial inequities and injustices. The murder of George Floyd is tragically not unique and the events over the last week have been fueled by centuries of racism, white privilege and oppression. We are...

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Bloom Yoga: Building Connection through Partner Poses

Bloom Yoga: Building Connection through Partner Poses

Partner Poses are a fun way to build your yoga routine at home! Kids and Teens love these poses because they are interactive and leave room for a lot of connection and laughter. Partner poses can build focus, teamwork, and empathy -- all essential skills we want to...

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Engaging Teens in Yoga Practice

Engaging Teens in Yoga Practice

Making yoga relevant and fun for the kids and teens in our lives is so important.  With little exposure to quality kids and teen yoga, many teens may perceive yoga as boring. Or they might think that you have to be flexible or wear certain clothing. There are often so...

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Yoga, Kids, and Covid-19: Proactively Managing Stress

Yoga, Kids, and Covid-19: Proactively Managing Stress

In times of uncertainty, we—adults and caregivers—want to give our kids every tool in the box to prevent major stress responses like fight or flight, acting out, difficult behaviors and so on. We also want to give tools to alleviate stress when it occurs. Yoga as a...

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Online Family Yoga Class Starting on Thursday

Online Family Yoga Class Starting on Thursday

Starting this Thursday, May 7th, at 7pm [CLASS IS FINISHED], Bloom Yoga will be leading a weekly Family Yoga class via Zoom! Partner with your baby, toddler, and child in simple animated poses, games, art, music, and breathing exercises that help to strengthen...

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State Policy: Thinking Beyond Crisis

State Policy: Thinking Beyond Crisis

Each April, communities across Colorado come together to challenge one another to do more to promote healthy child development, strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. This effort is especially timely this year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic....

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Policy Implications of COVID-19

Policy Implications of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unprecedented challenges for families, organizations, and communities across the world. Children and families must be supported as our state and federal government weigh potential solutions. The Colorado Supreme Court will decide...

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Parents, we need to connect with each other.

Parents, we need to connect with each other.

Parents, we're only human. Under normal circumstances, we are under all kinds of stress trying to raise small humans to reach their full potential as adults. It is a lot of pressure and the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis has caused everything to change. School, work,...

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A Busy Week at the Capitol

A Busy Week at the Capitol

This week, four different Illuminate policy priorities had important next steps--hearings and budget figure setting votes. Illuminate staff proudly testified in strong support of each of the bills below: The Helping Colorado Families Get Ahead Act: On Tuesday,...

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