September 13, 2021 by coloradolab

RISE: Innovating Improved Student & Family Outcomes in the Wake of COVID-19

Bennett 29J, Strasburg 31J, and Weld RE-3J School Districtst As the 2020 school year wound down, the Children’s Hospital of Colorado declared a state of emergency for youth mental health. Atop already high needs, the impacts of COVID-19 were devastating, resulting in a 90% increase in demand for behavioral health treatment and the emergence of […]

13 September 2021
August 10, 2021 by coloradolab

Establishing a Baseline: Substance Use and Infant and Maternal Mortality

Substance use during pregnancy impacts people of all races, incomes, education and employment levels, across geographic regions, with young women and those living in poverty most deeply impacted. In Colorado, the state health department reported a 98% increase in newborns exposed to opioids prenatally between 2012-2018, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration […]

10 August 2021
August 10, 2021 by coloradolab

Cost Analysis: Colorado Community Response Program

Connecting families with concrete resources that meet basic needs and support economic well-being can lower stress and help parents to create long-term stability for their family. The Colorado Community Response (CCR) program is using this approach to reduce incidents of child neglect and abuse. Administered by the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) in the Colorado […]

10 August 2021
July 20, 2021 by coloradolab

2021 Legislative Review

Several significant bills passed this legislative session, strengthening opportunities to improve the lives of Colorado residents across the lifespan, from prenatal care to early childhood development to adult services. The Colorado Lab worked together with state and local government agencies, legislators, the Governor’s Office, research colleagues, and subject matter experts to inform this suite of […]

20 July 2021
June 15, 2021 by coloradolab

Colorado Legislature Passes Brain Injury Pilot Program To Reduce Recidivism

We are excited to share that the Colorado legislature approved SB21-138, aimed at improving support for individuals in the criminal justice system with a brain injury. The Colorado Lab-supported study Reducing Recidivism for Justice Involved Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury informed and prompted creation of law. Our research shows that 25-87% of inmates report having […]

15 June 2021
June 15, 2021 by coloradolab

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Program Expands to Address Growing Pandemic-related Need

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood (OEC), which administers the Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Consultation Program, announced funding for 47 consultants statewide, an increase of nearly 38% from 2019 (34 consultants). The free and confidential program pairs mental health consultants with the adults who work directly with infants and young […]

15 June 2021
May 20, 2021 by coloradolab

Advancing Colorado as a Leader in the Clean Energy Economy

With climate change a growing concern globally, Governor Jared Polis set the ambitious goal of reaching 100% renewable energy in Colorado by 2040. The Governor outlined a roadmap, calling the goal a moral imperative to fight climate change and curb pollution of our air and water, as well as an opportunity to drive innovation in […]

20 May 2021
May 19, 2021 by coloradolab

DPS and Colorado Judicial Branch Partner with LINC

We are pleased to welcome Denver Public Schools and the Colorado Judicial Branch (adult and juvenile state courts) as new partners to the Linked Information Network of Colorado (LINC). LINC was created through the Lab’s partnership with the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology to help state and local government agencies harness data to inform […]

19 May 2021
May 19, 2021 by coloradolab

Fostering Opportunities: Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Youth Who Experience Foster Care

Only one in four Colorado students who experience foster care during high school graduate with their class. Most interventions aimed at improving the graduation rates of youth who experience foster care are spearheaded by child welfare agencies or the judicial system with services typically ending when students exit the foster care system. Yet there is evidence […]

19 May 2021
November 4, 2020 by coloradolab

Governor’s Budget Seeks Boost to Wages for ECE Workforce

Colorado Lab Snapshot Report and Linked Information Network of Colorado key to request The Colorado Lab is dedicated to creating actionable research. A recent effort to create a snapshot of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) workforce, funded by the Piton Foundation and the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, was no exception. The Snapshot Report demonstrated that […]

04 November 2020