Programs & Services

We take a public health approach to addressing child maltreatment in Colorado by working on all levels of the Spectrum of Prevention because that is the most effective way to create comprehensive transformation.

What is the Spectrum of Prevention?

The Spectrum of Prevention is a model layering activities and strategies that need to occur at the same time on six different levels in order to effectively address a complex social issue like child maltreatment.

The Spectrum was originally developed by Larry Cohen, MSW, and has been used nationally to address problems related to traffic safety, violence prevention and injury prevention.

illuminating Child Care

Illuminating Child Care provides an innovative systemic-approach to increasing access to child care for parents and caregivers navigating complex life situations as they seek to strengthen their families.

Family Connects Colorado

Illuminate Colorado is partnering with Family Connects International® to bring home visiting to all families with newborns in Colorado, at no cost to parents! Family Connects is an evidence-based model and successfully demonstrated program that connects parents of newborns to the community resources they need through postpartum nurse home visits.

Circle of Parents® in Colorado

As the state chapter for Circle of Parents®, Illuminate is focused on growing this national, evidence informed model creating friendly, supportive communities led by parents and other caregivers throughout Colorado. 

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Bloom Yoga

Bloom Yoga offers mindfulness practices, promoting self-awareness and self-management skills for adults, families and children alike.

Strengthening Individual Knowledge & Skills

We coordinate and oversee programs bringing support directly to children and families.

Promoting Community Education

We raise awareness, engage in public education campaigns, and promote positive community norms to strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment.


Smart Choices Safe Kids

Illuminate Colorado created this educational resource for families, friends and neighbors to get more information to guide us all through the choices we have to make at every age and stage of life to keep kids safe.  

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Pinwheels for Prevention®

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.

As the Colorado Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, the organization leads the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign in Colorado. The campaign began in Colorado in 2009 and has grown exponentially over the years with hundreds of local organizations and individuals distributing more than 50,000 thousands of pinwheels each year.

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Colorado Connected

Colorado COnnected is designed to give community organizations such as libraries, family resource centers, and neighborhood associations the inspiration, knowledge and tools to strengthen social connection among parents.

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Tip Colorado

Illuminate Colorado created this initiative to empower adults to protect children in every community in Colorado from experiencing child sexual abuse. Calculating the number of people who need to receive training in every county in Colorado and understanding what is necessary to create REAL social change in a community, our organization identified the tipping point for our state, as well as each county, where children grow up happy, healthy and safe in communities that prevent children from experiencing sexual abuse.

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Colorado Shared Message Bank

This Colorado Shared Message Bank is intended to be a tool to help guide the messages used in collateral, web content, reports, talking points or other communications to strengthen families in Colorado.

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Training to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Illuminate Colorado works to ensure that every child grows up healthy and free from sexual abuse by educating and empowering adults.

Our certified staff offer evidence-based training and ongoing support for local organizations and facilitators to increase Colorado’s capacity to create safe spaces where children can thrive.

Smart Choices Safe Kids Conversation Guide Training

Illuminate Colorado developed a conversation guide for professionals in talking to families about substance use and preventing child maltreatment. Take a short training and receive your conversation guide today.

Colorado Toxicology Resource Guide

The Toxicology Resource Guide was developed to support Colorado child welfare professionals in understanding substances, possible effects, and the utility and application of toxicology testing to enhance practice.

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Child Abuse & Neglect Expert Staffing

CANES is a multidisciplinary team of experts who provide timely and expert consultation on challenging and complex child welfare assessments, investigations and cases.

Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference

The Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference was started in 2014, takes place every two years, and is a joint collaboration across the family support continuum, from prevention and public health through restoration and child welfare.

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Educating Professionals

We provide education and support to professionals working with children and families through conferences, trainings and publications.

Fostering 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.

Healthy Families America State Office

As the state office for Healthy Families America (HFA), Prevent Child Abuse America’s signature home visiting program and one of the leading family support and evidence-based home visiting programs in the United States, we:

  • coordinate communication with HFA sites within the state,
  • serve as a conduit of communication to the national office and
  • provide a voice in Colorado for HFA while advocating for a continuum of home visiting services in Colorado.

colorado Infant Safe Sleep Partnership

The Colorado Infant Safe Sleep Partnership mission 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.

Colorado child sexual Abuse prevention coalition

The Colorado Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Coalition exists to promote effective and comprehensive education, advocacy, and communication to prevent child sexual abuse and protect children.

SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee

The SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee mission is to identify and implement strategies for reducing the number of families impacted by substance use during pregnancy in Colorado and for improving outcomes for impacted women, children, and families across the lifespan. 

SuPPoRT Colorado Family Advisory Board

Along with the SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee, the SuPPoRT Colorado Family Advisory Board 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.

Five priority area work groups collaborate with the SuPPoRT Colorado Family Advisory Board to inform current and future work, as well as consider implications for substance use and families while monitoring the behavioral health policy landscape.

Colorado Partnership for thriving families

The Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families works collaboratively across the State of Colorado to create the conditions for strong families and communities where children are healthy, valued and thriving.

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Colorado Strengthening Families Network

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. 

Colorado Hospital Substance Exposed Newborns Collaborative

The Colorado Hospital Substance Exposed Newborns Collaborative (CHoSEN Collaborative) is an effort to increase consistency in implementation of best practice in the identification of and response to newborns prenatally exposed to substances throughout the Rocky Mountain region.
The cornerstone initiative of the CHoSEN Collaborative is focused on quality improvement. Known as “CHoSEN QIC”, this work is built around multidisciplinary hospital-based improvement teams working collaboratively to achieve measurable improvements.
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Community Coalition Capacity Building

Colorado communities are leading efforts to understand the needs and opportunities for supporting families and children impacted by substance use with technical assistance from Illuminate Colorado. These efforts include the creation of a community assessment and a community plan for enhancing local programming and infrastructure that strengthens families.

illuminating communications

We are building communications capacity within communities, organizations and individuals to create social change. As we provide technical assistance to empower others to tell a louder story, it is critical that we promote trauma-informed, ethical and inclusive communications and utilize evidence-based communications to create social change.  

    Changing Organizational Practices

    We help people focus on organizational practice change to take on new challenges such as implementing new policies, identify areas for improvement and provide technical assistance to increase organizational capacity.

    Influencing Policy & Legislation

    We advocate for changes at the state and federal level and fight to protect existing state and federal policies that are contributing to health equity. Our work together with partners across multiple sectors improves and supports equitable implementation of existing state policies and builds political will to support public policies that advance health equity strengthening families and communities.

    Illuminating State Policy

    It is essential for elected officials and policy makers to understand how to prevent child maltreatment and listen to parents in every community.

    The Illuminate Colorado 2022 legislative policy agenda highlights policies that build one or more protective factors in Colorado.

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