DENVER (June 15, 2016) – The Colorado Department of Human Services’ Office of Early Childhood has secured $5 million in funding to continue operation of 11 sites and add two new sites for SafeCare Colorado programs, which provide critical supports to at‐risk families with children ages five and younger.
In addition to providing services to over 1,400 families in 41 counties and two tribal nations, the funding supports training, evaluation, development of an online referral tool, and a partnership with the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect to fulfill the important role of program intermediary and ensure model fidelity throughout the state.
SafeCare Colorado is based on an internationally recognized, evidence‐based model of in‐home parent education. It is flexible, free, and voluntary for families with children ages five and under. The program utilizes parent support providers, helping parents and caregivers achieve measurable progress in the areas of parent‐child interactions, home safety and child health.
SafeCare Colorado is one piece of Gov. John W. Hickenlooper’s multi‐faceted approach to child welfare called “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy 2.0.” It was implemented as a three‐year pilot program beginning in 2013. In fall 2016, the Department will release an evaluation of the pilot program conducted by Colorado State University. The report will review costs, processes and outcomes for 2013‐
“We are very excited about the opportunities that SafeCare continues to offer,” Mary Anne Snyder, Director of the Office of Early Childhood, said. “Over 7,000 families have been referred to the program. We are proud to continue to be proactive in helping families by expanding preventative programs throughout the state.”
Beginning later this month, parents and caregivers may determine their eligibility by referring themselves to SafeCare Colorado using ColoradoPEAK, the state’s online program eligibility and application tool.
Visit safecareco.co4kids.org to learn more.
New SafeCare Colorado Sites
Continued SafeCare Colorado Sites