Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Program

Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Program

Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Health Integration Prenatal-to-three Program

The Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Health Integration Prenatal-to-three Program (CO-ECCS) is advancing the infrastructure, capacity, equity and sustainability of Colorado’s maternal and early childhood systems of care to achieve the vision that “All children are valued, healthy and thriving and have equal access to services, supports and resources” in Colorado.

Ensuring Successful Implementation

Illuminate Colorado, together with the Colorado Health Institute, is working collaboratively with key partners and agencies comprising Colorado’s infrastructure for the delivery and coordination of prenatal-to-three (P-3) services to ensure the successful implementation of the CO-ECCS goals and activities.

Background About Funding

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA ), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded approximately $5.1 million through 20 cooperative agreements to states and non-profit organizations to support the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Health Integration Prenatal-to-Three (ECCS) Program.

These funds will advance cross-sector collaborations and partnerships, health system improvements, state-level policy and fiscal innovation, equity, and family leadership to promote early developmental health and family well-being among prenatal to three-year-old (P-3) populations. 

Colorado is among the 20 grantees awarded funds through the ECCS Program to build state capacity and infrastructure to integrate and strengthen maternal and early childhood systems.

Its particular focus on the prenatal-to-age-3 period maximizes the opportunity to reach and support families during the earliest stages of parenting. The grant, awarded to the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood provides $255,600 annually for five years (2021-2026) to implement projects that will advance Colorado’s maternal and early childhood systems of care and help Colorado achieve the vision that “All children are valued, healthy and thriving and have equal access to services, supports and resources.”

 

Guiding the Work In Colorado
To guide the implementation of the Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant: Health Integration Prenatal-to-three Program (CO-ECCS), the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC), Colorado’s federally- authorized state advisory council for early childhood, approved the formation of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Working Group on December 16, 2021 and subject to annual review and reauthorization.
Learn more about the ECCS Working Group
Meetings & Events

Meetings of the ECCS Working group are currently being scheduled and various CO-ECCS Goal Implementation groups may be formed. Click HERE to view the entire ECCS Calendar. Use the ‘Category’ button to select ‘Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant’ and view all upcoming ECCS events.

Over the past decade, hundreds of partners and more than 5,000 families have informed the advancement of Colorado’s early childhood and maternal child health systems.

The [Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Health Integration Prenatal-to-three Program] will build upon Colorado’s foundation to implement innovative and creative approaches that cut across federal, state, and local systems and services, which will result in an equitable and comprehensive P-3 system.

The project will also strengthen the state infrastructure and capacity to serve children and families P-3 by integrating and aligning health services so that families are able to receive a full continuum of support during the most critical times in their child’s life.

Governor Jared Polis

Collaborating Partners

Families and Caregivers

Rural and Frontier Communities

BIPOC Communities

Health Care System Partners

CO-ECCS Focus

Collaborating Partners are Focused on Achieving Three Goals Over the Course of Five Years

Beginning With Sets of Key Activities in 2022 Outlined Below

Increase Engagement

CO-ECCS GOAL: Increase the engagement of new stakeholders, such as families and health providers in the system of wrap-around supports for families during pregnancy through the first three years of a child’s life.

Expand health care providers’ use of a single point of entry and coordinated intake and referral system.

Identify and assess policy barriers across early childhood systems and build on health innovations to improve systems.

Alignment of family engagement strategies across early childhood and maternal child health initiatives and create a structure for incorporating feedback into planning.

Align Early childhood and Maternal Child health Systems

CO-ECCS GOAL: Align early childhood and maternal child health systems to advance the sustainability of multi-generational preventive services and systems.

Support five local communities in collaborative planning and blending funds for program implementation.

Merge health into the early childhood system by examining existing needs assessments that impact the early childhood population and implement health equity strategies.

Advance Health Equity

CO-ECCS GOAL: Advance health equity by creating an Early Childhood Health Equity Action Plan focused from the prenatal period through the first three years of a child’s life.

Examine racial disparities identified in data sets and needs assessments and use data to inform the health equity plan.

Collect information from diverse partners through existing advisory councils to inform the P-3 HealthEquity Action Plan.

Produce and disseminate an Early Childhood Health Equity Action Plan.

ECCS Working Group

The Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Working Group was approved by the ECLC in 2021 to guide the implementation of the Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant: Health Integration Prenatal-to-three Program (CO-ECCS).

ECCS Working Group Charter

The Working Group is charged as an advisory group for the ECCS Grant. The Working Group will engage stakeholders in the system of wrap-around supports for families during pregnancy through the first three years of a child’s life to ensure alignment of Colorado’s early childhood and maternal child health systems. In order to advance health equity of P-3 services, the Working Group will collect information and examine data from diverse partners to inform a Health Equity Action Plan.

Download the complete ECCS Working Group Charter

ECCS Working Group Membership List

ECCS Working Group Membership List – Coming soon!

Goal Implementation Groups

Additional goal implementation groups may be formed. Subscribe below for updates. 

Meeting Materials & Schedule

All connecting links to join can be found on the agendas and the event calendar. Use the ‘Category’ button to select ‘Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant’ and view all upcoming ECCS events. Meeting agendas will be posted as they become available. Other materials are available in the ECCS Shared Drive. 

June 22, 2022 ~ 3:30-4:30pm
AGENDA | Draft April 6, 2022 Meeting Minutes

April 6, 2022 ~ 4-5:00pm
AGENDA | Meeting PowerPoint | Meeting Recording

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Backbone Support

Illuminate Colorado Strategic Initiatives team provides backbone support for the ECCS Grant.

After you subscribe for updates, we will reach out with more information to get you everything you need to get involved.

Questions?

Contact Dawn Newby, Strategic Initiatives Manager

dnewby@illuminatecolorado.org

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Help Strengthen Families & Communities

We all share a responsibility to ensure that children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

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Learn About Our Work

Our children are our future employees, leaders and neighbors. No matter where they live, children need high-quality experiences and loving relationships to support healthy development.

Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Awareness Campaign Planning Committee

Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Awareness Campaign Planning Committee

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We foster coalitions and networks to ensure continued progress on policy priorities, identify opportunities to protect existing policies that are serving families and enhance policy implementation and provide support for collaborative changes.

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Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Awareness Campaign Planning Committee

We encourage elected officials, community and state partners, educators, employers, parents, caregivers and young people who are passionate about strengthening families to get more involved, collaborate and guide activities for April Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

The Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Awareness Campaign Planning Committee works to draw attention to the prevention of child maltreatment here in Colorado through the annual statewide Pinwheels for Prevention® Campaign, which builds awareness for the need to strengthen families during Child Abuse Prevention Month each April.

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Background

As the Colorado Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, Illuminate Colorado leads the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign in Colorado and a collaborative effort to raise awareness during child abuse prevention month each year.

Since 2009, this collaborative effort in Colorado has grown exponentially over the years with hundreds of local organizations and thousands of passionate people organizing pinwheels displays – one of the many ways we work together to inspire conversations about how to strengthening families in Colorado.

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2023 Campaign Goals

COMING SOON!

Interested in organizing awareness efforts in your community? Join the Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Awareness Campaign Planning Committee to help us set our campaign goals for 2023, plan campaign activities, and so much more!

Together with numerous Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign sponsors, we distributed 1,697,491 messages during the month of April 2022 to inspire a conversation to grow a better tomorrow for all children, together. Partnering with 54 organizations, we reached more than 76,139 Coloradans.

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Colorado Infant Safe Sleep Partnership

Colorado Infant Safe Sleep Partnership

Colorado Infant Safe Sleep Partnership

VISION

A Colorado where all families, providers, organizations, and policymakers have knowledge, resources and support for infant safe sleep practices.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Colorado Infant Safe Sleep Partnership (ISSP) is to support families, providers, organizations and policymakers to increase infant safe sleep practices and address related barriers and disparities through education, practice change and systems improvement. 

Who We Are

The Infant Safe Sleep Partnership members include public health and human services professionals, health care providers and community organization and nonprofit representatives.

Illuminate Colorado is able to support the work of the ISSP thanks to funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 

Our Values

The ISSP commits to cultivating practices and projects that are:

  • Inclusive
  • Equitable
  • Collaborative
  • Consensus-informed
  • Evidence and research informed
  • Culturally responsive
  • Non-stigmatizing
  • Respectful of families’ choices
Calendar

The Colorado Infant Safe Sleep Partnership (ISSP) meets virtually on a bimonthly basis. Visit the ISSP calendar or subscribe for meeting notifications.  

About Safe Sleep

Learn more about safe sleep and get resources and tools to raise awareness, engage in public education campaigns and promote positive community norms to create safe sleep for every baby everywhere. 

Equity

The ISSP acknowledges that systemic disparities and inequities impact experiences and outcomes related to infant safe sleep practices.

We recognize that infant safe sleep practices are impacted by sleep and feeding culture and may be impacted by systemic factors such as economic security, physical and behavioral health access, transportation access, systemic/historical racism, housing and immigration status.

Thus, the work of the ISSP must be approached with cultural humility and responsiveness, anti-racism, and an understanding of the systemic disparities that impact safe sleep practices.

Priority Areas

The ISSP is focused on working collaboratively with families, providers and other community stakeholders to address three priority areas.

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The ISSP Strategic Plan provides more information on these priorities and the work beginning in 2021.

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Education

Develop culturallyresponsive public awareness and educational campaigns collaboratively with families and communitybased organizations.

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Practice Change

Design and implement Quality Improvement initiatives based in hospitals and provider education opportunities simultaneously.

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Systems Improvement

Work in constant partnership with community organizations to address systemic issues that may impact safe sleep practices including:

  • economic security,
  • physical and behavioral health access,
  • transportation access,
  • systemic/historical racism,
  • housing and
  • immigration status.

GET INVOLVED

The ISSP is actively seeking participation from a wide variety of communities committed to increasing infant safe sleep practices and address related barriers and disparities.

Families and Caregivers

Rural and Frontier Communities

BIPOC Communities

 Advocacy Organizations

Early Childhood Councils

Family Child Care Associations

 

Child Care Providers

Breastfeeding Experts & Groups

Community Advocacy Groups

 

Hospitals

Birthing Centers

Pediatricians

Nurses
including
Public Health Nurses

OB-GYNs

Doulas

Midwives including
Home Birth Midwives

 

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Backbone Support

Illuminate Colorado Strategic Initiatives team provides backbone support for the Infant Safe Sleep Partnership.

After you sign up to become an active member, we will reach out with more information to get you everything you need to get involved.

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Questions about the Infant Safe Sleep Partnership?

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Colorado Pinwheels for Prevention

Help inspire Coloradans to grow a better tomorrow for all children, together.

Learn About the Protective Factors

Protective factors help people deal more effectively with stressful events and mitigate or eliminate risk in families and communities.

Explore Our History

Illuminate Colorado is home to the Colorado Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, the nation’s oldest and largest organization committed to preventing child abuse and neglect before it happens.

SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee

SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee

SuPPoRT Colorado

SuPPoRT Colorado envisions a Colorado that equitably serves all families through prevention and reduction of substance use during pregnancy and provides multigenerational support for families to thrive.

2021-2022 Priority Areas

The priorities, strategies and activities of SuPPoRT Colorado are guided by family voice experiences and leadership. Strategic planning, activity engagement and impact are each data-informed.

SuPPoRT Colorado is convening, supporting and guiding the advancement of the following four priority areas.

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Where the Work is Happening

Reduce stigma around accessing substance use disorder treatment and recovery supports for pregnant and parenting people.

SuPPoRT Colorado Work Groups

Learn more about the groups working to address this priority area.

Provider Education Work Group

The Provider Education Work Group is working to expand healthcare provider education resources related to substance use and pregnancy with an emphasis on family leadership and addressing implicit bias.

Family Advisory Board

The Family Advisory Board (FAB)  is working to build capacity around storytelling to reduce stigma. 

Learn more and Get Involved

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Where the Work is Happening

Ensure systems, and the people who work within them, develop policies and practices with families that support warm handoffs and standardize practices to address inequities.

SuPPoRT Colorado Work Groups

Learn more about the groups working to address this priority area.

CHoSEN Collaborative

The Colorado Hospital Substance Exposed Newborns Collaborative better known as the CHoSEN Collaborative is working to broaden the collaborative to include practice change opportunities related to all substances as well as to focus on additional recruitment.

Learn more at CHoSENCollaborative.org

 

Plans of Safe Care Work Group

The Plans of Safe Care Work Group is working to develop specific recommendations and best practices for implementation of Plans of Safe Care.

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Where the Work is Happening

Build Colorado’s statewide capacity to align efforts, apply lessons from our data and recognize and respond to emerging needs

SuPPoRT Colorado Work Groups

Learn more about the groups working to address this priority area.

Steering Committee and Family Advisory Board

The Steering Committee and Family Advisory Board will co-author a set of recommendations for how opioid settlement funds could support priorities of the SuPPoRT Colorado work.

Policy Analysis Work Group

The Policy Analysis Work Group is working to develop policy guidance in response to emerging needs and best practices.

Data and Research Advisory Group

The Data and Research Advisory Group is working to build data and research capacity in the state through the Colorado Perinatal Substance Use Data Linkage Project and Qualitative Study and other emergent opportunities.

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Where the Work is Happening

Build Colorado’s statewide capacity to identify Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and support impacted families.

SuPPoRT Colorado Work Groups

Learn more about the groups working to address this priority area.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Work Group

The FASD Work Group is working to implement the education recommendation from the Colorado 2020 FASD Report.

Progress
Over a Decade

SuPPoRT Colorado has made significant progress over the past decade, advancing a variety of notable projects and initiatives.

A History of Accomplishments

Published a white paper regarding families impacted by prenatal substance use and held eight regional convenings to educate and support communities on the topic.

The convenings involved more than 300 participants from nine different disciplines and resulted in the development of action steps based on locally identified needs.

A History of Accomplishments

Coordinated the SuPPoRT Colorado Best Practices Hospital Learning Collaborative aimed to increase consistency in implementation of best practice approaches in the identification of and response to newborns prenatally exposed to substances at the time of birth across Colorado.

A History of Accomplishments

Cultivated partnerships to increase the impact of collective work, including merging with the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Commission and forming a SuPPoRT Colorado Family Advisory Board to provide regular consultation centering lived experience.

A History of Accomplishments

Hosted statewide multidisciplinary opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders and learn more about intersections of substance use and pregnancy across the state.

A History of Accomplishments

2009 – SuPPoRT Colorado Summit of almost 90 professionals to discuss the needs and values of SuPPoRT Colorado work.

A History of Accomplishments

2017 – SuPPoRT Colorado Summit including over 150 attendees to provide feedback on the top recommendations from the Hospital Learning Collaborative and to ultimately set the SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee’s 2018-2020 priorities.

A History of Accomplishments

2020 – virtual SuPPoRT Colorado Town Halls engaging about 60 participants to refine and set the SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee and Family Advisory Board’s 2021-2022 priorities given the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and emergent needs.

Legislative Change

SuPPoRT Colorado also has a long history of providing subject matter expertise translating best practice recommendations into critical statutory changes to improve the care of families impacted by prenatal substance exposure.

HB12-1100 Pregnancy & Evidence Of Substance Use

Developed the language for HB Bill 12-1100 and worked with partners and legislators to ensure its passage to protect drug screen and test results obtained through prenatal care from being used in criminal prosecution of a pregnant person.

HB19-1193 Behavioral Health Supports For High-risk Families

Recommended the expansion of the criminal protection from HB12-1100 to also include conversations with behavioral health providers about substance use during pregnancy through HB 19-1193.

SB20-028 Substance Use Disorder Recovery

Drafted and convened a stakeholder process for components of SB 20-28 regarding updating child abuse and neglect definitions related to prenatal substance exposure to de-emphasize the focus on positive drug tests for controlled substances at time of birth and to increase consistency in holistic assessments of families.

Get Involved

The SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee is tasked with identifying and implementing strategies for reducing the number of families impacted by substance use during pregnancy and for improving outcomes for families across the lifespan.

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Get Involved

In 2021-2022, SuPPoRT Colorado is convening, supporting and guiding work groups to advance the priority areas identified by the SuPPoRT Colorado Family Advisory Board and Steering Committee and informed by stakeholder input in 2020.

  • Join a SuPPoRT Colorado Work Group  
  • Subscribe to Updates on this Important Work
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Backbone Support

Illuminate Colorado Strategic Initiatives team supports the SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee and Family Advisory Board, the CHoSEN Collaborative and the SuPPoRT Colorado Work Groups. 

After you sign up to join a work group, we will reach out with more information to get you everything you need to get involved.

Questions?

Contact Kelli Sutton, Strategic Initiatives Manager

ksutton@illuminatecolorado.org

Colorado Strengthening Families Network

Colorado Strengthening Families Network

Illuminating Coalitions & Networks

We foster coalitions and networks to ensure continued progress on policy priorities, identify opportunities to protect existing policies that are serving families and enhance policy implementation and provide support for collaborative changes.

Colorado Strengthening Families Network

Questions?

Contact Anne Auld, Director of Education

aauld@illuminatecolorado.org

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Colorado Strengthening Families Network

Strengthening Families™ is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five key protective factors.

The effort to embed Strengthening Families™ in the work of child- and family serving agencies of all types has continued unabated in Colorado since 2007 through this learning community for professionals across sectors to stay on top of new research and best practices related to the protective factors.

Illuminate Colorado coordinates the Colorado Strengthening Families Network, hosting a quarterly online learning community for professionals across sectors to stay on top of new research and best practices related to the protective factors.

Join the network to get invites to meetings and connect with others to share your work and learn from communities all across Colorado.

 

 

Quarterly Meetings & Events

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