Request for Proposals: Sustainability Consultant for the Illuminating Child Care Program

Request for Proposals: Sustainability Consultant for the Illuminating Child Care Program

Overview

Illuminate is seeking a Sustainability Consultant to provide expertise on substance use disorder treatment funding streams and mechanisms by identifying and recommending long term sustainable funding approaches for Illuminating Child Care, including but not limited to medicaid and behavioral health billing as well as potential federal, state, and local funding streams.

Illuminating Child Care Program Overview

Illuminating Child Care provides safe, on-site, drop-in child care for families and caregivers engaged in Substance Use Disorder treatment. Recreational Vehicles (RVs) are retrofitted into infant and toddler classrooms, whereby Early Childhood Teachers engage children up to five years of age in age-appropriate activities that promote social emotional development. By utilizing an RV, the Illuminating Child Care Program is able to provide a safe and nurturing child care environment to a number of treatment facilities within a region. Currently, Illuminate Colorado oversees three child care classrooms providing services at 13 behavioral health facilities across the Denver metropolitan area, San Luis Valley, and Southeast Colorado.

Term of Contract

May 15, 2024 – June 29, 2025

Budget

Up to $10,000

RFP Submission

Proposals should be digitally submitted to tkorb@illuminatecolorado.org with “Illuminating Child Care Sustainability Consultant” in the subject line by 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on May 30th, 2024. Proposals should not exceed 4 pages, excluding budget and other attachments.

Request for Proposals: Sustainability Consultant for the Circle of Parents Program in Colorado

Request for Proposals: Sustainability Consultant for the Circle of Parents Program in Colorado

Overview

The State of Colorado Judicial Department has received a federal Regional Partnership Grant, titled Circle of Parents Expansion (COPE), from the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children’s Bureau. Through this grant the Colorado Judicial Department is partnering with Illuminate Colorado, the State Lead for Circle of Parents, to expand Circle of Parents in Recovery support groups for parents involved with the child welfare system and the courts. Illuminate Colorado is seeking a Sustainability Consultant to identify and recommend long term sustainable funding approaches for Circle of Parents groups, including but not limited to medicaid and behavioral health billing as well as potential federal, state, and local funding streams.

Circle of Parents Program Overview

Circle of Parents is a national, evidence-informed program that envisions a world where all caregivers have the knowledge, skills and support to raise children that are healthy, valued, and thriving. The Circle of Parents program operates as a peer support and mutual self-help model for anyone in a parenting and/or caregiving role. Through free and routine group sessions, participants are provided a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space to discuss the successes and challenges of raising children, share ideas, resources, and support, and build their confidence, skills, and knowledge as caregivers. Groups may be formed around general caregiving roles or shared perspectives, identities, or experiences, such as groups for Spanish-speaking caregivers, caregivers in recovery from Substance Use Disorders, caregivers of children with developmental disabilities, single caregivers, kinship, foster, or adoptive caregivers, father figures, veterans, and more. As a concurrent offering, Children’s Circle serves the children of the Circle of Parents participants.

Term of Contract

June 1, 2024 – September 30, 2024

Budget

Up to $10,000

RFP Submission

Proposals should be digitally submitted to tkorb@illuminatecolorado.org with “Circle of Parents Sustainability Consultant” in the subject line by 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on May 30th, 2024. Proposals should not exceed 4 pages, excluding budget and other attachments.

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.

Term of Contract

Upon execution (estimated May 15th, 2024) to July 30th, 2024

Budget

Up to $35,000 as follows:
– $20,000 for two English language trainings
– $15,000 if subcontracting with a partner to transcreate Spanish-language family-facing training.

RFP Submission

Proposals should be digitally submitted by 5:00 p.m. MT on Monday, May 17th 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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