Request for Proposals: Family Leadership in State Government Training

Request for Proposals: Family Leadership in State Government Training

Position Overview

Illuminate Colorado and the Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (CO-ECCS): Health Integration Prenatal-to-Three Project are seeking support in the development of a Family Leadership in State Government Training. Family experience plays an important role in ensuring families are driving decision-making in the early childhood systems at the local, state, and national levels. This training will provide parents and caregivers who desire to learn new skills, the ability and know-how to impact program planning and policy boards, councils, and committees. Project details, key responsibilities, and qualifications are described below.

Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Project Overview

The Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (CO-ECCS): Health Integration Prenatal-to-Three project is the initiative resulting from a five-year grant awarded to the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) in August 2021 by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for their Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Program. Colorado was awarded funds to 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.

The program’s particular focus on the prenatal-to-age three period maximizes the opportunity to reach and support families during the earliest stages of parenting. Illuminate Colorado was selected by the CDEC to ensure the successful implementation of the goals and activities over the funded project period.

RFP Submission

Proposals should be digitally submitted by 5:00 p.m. MT on Monday, May 7th to Mary Houlihan (mhoulihan@illuminatecolorado.org) . Proposals should not exceed 4 pages, excluding budget and other attachments. Please include “CO-ECCS Family Leadership in State Government Training” in the subject line.

Join Us at The Little Man Ice Cream Factory on April 27th!

Join Us at The Little Man Ice Cream Factory on April 27th!

Looking for a way to get involved with Illuminate Colorado’s work of supporting children and families?

We have a special opportunity for you!

Image: Jonathan Phillips, Eater Denver

Join us on Saturday, April 27th from 12pm – 3pm at The Little Man Ice Cream Factory. 15% of the proceeds will be donated to Illuminate, our staff will be there to chat about Illuminate’s programs, and we will have fun giveaways to participate in!

If you have been looking for a way to get involved in Illuminate’s work, but haven’t been sure how get started, this is the perfect event for you. Come get to know us over a sweet treat!

Staff members from Illuminate’s Circle of Parents program will be in attendance all afternoon, excited to share about the program and answer any questions you may have.

Other Illuminate team members from the Executive Team, the Grants & Events Team, and across the organization will also be available chat about any area of our work that interests you.

 

Toni Miner, Circle of Parents Recovery Program Manager, speaking with Circle participants.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning more about Illuminate’s work, wants to support our mission, or is just looking for a sweet treat and and activity for little ones on a Saturday afternoon!

The Details:

  • Where?

    The Little Man Ice Cream Factory, 4411 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO

  • When?

    Saturday, April 27th from 12pm to 3pm

  • What?

    Frozen treats for a good cause, an opportunity to get to know Illuminate staff, and fun giveaways!

RSVP to receive a reminder to join us morning of!

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What does it mean to advocate for policies that strengthen families?

We spent a day with Lex Loutzenhiser, Illuminate’s Policy Manager, to find out.

Tag along!

 

Tuesday, April 9th

9:00 am – Team meeting

First, Lex starts off their day with a Policy Team meeting. She meets with Jillian Fabricius, Illuminate’s Deputy Director, to review their plans for the week. These small team meetings usually consist of discussing advocacy needs, bills or policies of interest, how they plan to engage stakeholders, and how to best engage in collaborative efforts with partners.

Lex Loutzenhiser, Policy Manager

Jillian Fabricius, Deputy Director

11:30 am – Prepare for a day at the capitol

After meeting with Jillian, Lex heads to the Illuminate Colorado office to make copies of a testimony they will be providing for legislators later on.

Next, it’s off to the Capitol building…

12:30 pm – A quick photo with Representative Cathy Kipp

It’s always fun running into Colorado legislators who are our partners in prevention!

Next, let’s head inside the Capitol…

1:00 pm – Partner meeting

Once inside the capitol, Lex finds a spot to join a meeting with the Colorado Home Visiting Coalition to participate and provide an Illuminate policy update.

Now let’s talk to some legislators…

2:00 pm – Senate Finance Committee

Lex then makes their way to the Senate Finance Committee room to join partners and bill sponsors to share Illuminate’s support of SB24-181.

During the committee hearing, Lex testified in support of SB24-181 to share about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in Colorado. They spoke to the need for increased funding opportunities to prevent FASDs and better serve individuals and families impacted by FASDs.

4:30 pm – Policy meeting with Illuminate’s Executive Director

Lex wraps up her day with a larger team meeting with Jillian Fabricius and Illuminate’s Executive Director, Jade Woodard. In the meeting, they discuss Illuminate’s policy work to ensure it is in alignment and supporting Illuminate’s broader goals and priorities.

Thanks for joining!

 

Be sure to stay up to date on all things policy–the end of this legislative season is sure to be an exciting one!

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The Spectrum of Prevention in Action: Pinwheels for Prevention Builds Public Awareness of Child Abuse Prevention

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Welcome to the third installment of the 2024 Blog Series: The Spectrum of Prevention in Action!

Over the course of the year, join us as we take a deep dive into each component of the Spectrum of Prevention – Supporting Families through Direct Service, Building Public Awareness, Educating Communities & Professionals, Fostering Networks, and Influencing Policy – and how the Spectrum comes to life in Illuminate’s work

Used nationally to address complex public issues, the Spectrum of Prevention outlines a range of prevention strategies across different levels of influence within a community or society. Illuminate’s programs and initiatives strategically span an adapted version of the Spectrum of Prevention, ensuring a holistic and lasting approach to building brighter childhoods. By adapting and employing the Spectrum of Prevention, we can target prevention efforts at various levels, from building individual knowledge and skills to influencing policies and legislation.

Learn more about Illuminate’s Strategies & Frameworks.

Today, let’s explore how the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign focuses on building public awareness of child abuse prevention.

Building public awareness focuses on raising awareness and educating the public about the issues that impact our mission. By increasing public awareness, the aim is to stimulate conversations, change attitudes, and create a foundation for further action.

Throughout the year, and especially during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Illuminate Colorado builds public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention through the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign.

It all started in 2008 when Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention.

 

By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the bright childhoods we want for all children.

Maybe you’ve seen gardens of pinwheels planted in the community and wondered, why? It’s because pinwheels represent the vibrant and safe childhoods that all children deserve.

The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign provides a unique opportunity for all of us, individuals and organizations alike, to take action by learning more about prevention, supporting child and family friendly policies and services, and volunteering at the local, state, and national levels.

The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign is composed of several strategies, including

  • A Social Media Campaign

    Download the toolkit here.

  • An Advocacy-focused Event at the State Capitol

    Pinwheels in the Chambers: A Day in Photos.

  • Publicly Celebrating Leaders in Prevention

    Join us on April 24th for the 2024 Pinwheel Breakfast!

  • Educational Trainings and Community Events

    Check out the Community Calendar.

The goal is that with each passing year, individuals will do more than just admire the pinwheels they see in their communities, and be inspired to get involved by learning more about child abuse prevention, attending events, and advocating for family strengthening policies. 

Child Abuse Prevention Month is happening right now!

And it’s not too late to get involved.

Become a campaign partner, register for trainings, and find events in your community at COPinwheelsforPrevention.org

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A Day in Photos: Pinwheels in the Chambers 2024

A Day in Photos: Pinwheels in the Chambers 2024

On April 1st, Illuminate Colorado and our partners gathered at the Colorado State Capitol to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM).

As the CAPM tribute was read on the Senate floor by five legislators, we filled the galleries with pinwheels to show our support for family strengthening policies in Colorado and beyond.

Weren’t able to make it? Don’t worry–we took photos!

Follow along as we take a look back at our morning at the Capitol…

We started off the morning in the West Foyer, connecting with partners in prevention from across the state.

After having a chance to mingle, Lex Loutzenhiser (Illuminate’s Policy Manager) welcomed everyone, and Jade Woodard (Illuminate’s Executive Director) reminded us of the purpose of CAPM and the importance of family strengthening.

Lex Loutzenhiser, Policy Manager.

Jade Woodard, Executive Director.

We then heard from Rep. Judy Amabile on what prevention means to families and communities, and why we need to prioritize our youngest Coloradans in policy.

Representative Judy Amabile.

Next, we were off to the Senate galleries!

Illuminate Colorado and Colorado School Safety Resource Center staff.

Senator Rhonda Fields led the Child Abuse Prevention Month tribute and was joined by Senators Jeff Bridges, Janet Buckner, Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Rachel Zenzinger, Cleave Simpson, Barbara Kirkmeyer, and Tony Exum Sr.

The Child Abuse Prevention Month tribute.

Sens. Jeff Bridges, Janet Buckner, Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Rhonda Fields, Rachel Zenzinger, Cleave Simpson, Barbara Kirkmeyer, and Tony Exum Sr.

Illuminate staff and partners then took a moment to celebrate a successful start to Child Abuse Prevention Month!

Senators Tony Exum Sr, Dafna Michaelson Jenet, and Rhonda Fields. Staff from Illuminate Colorado, Raise the Future, Child Protection Ombudsman’s office, Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC), Family Resource Center Association, Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF), Kempe Center, and Kempe Foundation.

Members of Illuminate Colorado, Raise the Future, Child Protection Ombudsman’s office, CDEC, Family Resource Center Association, CDHS (OCYF), Kempe Center, and Kempe Foundation.

Jade Woodard and Reps. Judy Amabile, Chad Clifford, and Cathy Kipp.

Thank You for Joining Us!

Be sure to stay up to date all month long–we are looking forward to great events, trainings, and much more! 

Illuminate Colorado staff (and baby Ansel)!

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