The Colorado Community Response (CCR) program is an innovative, voluntary program to prevent child maltreatment. CCR is designed to reduce incidences of neglect and abuse by increasing the financial stability and self-sufficiency of caregivers. The hallmarks of CCR are family-driven goal-setting and comprehensive, short-term (about four months) case management to help families access formal and informal services to meet their needs.
CCR is administered by the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) within the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and implemented by sites—typically non-profits but sometimes county human service departments– across the state. Currently, families are referred to CCR after being reported to the state’s child abuse hotline and “screened out” by county child welfare staff because there are not specific allegations of child abuse or neglect and/or the child is not at imminent risk of harm. The Colorado Lab is partnering with OEC on a randomized control trial (results expected in late 2022) to understand the efficacy of the program and a cost study to allow a benefit-cost ratio that can be compared with other programs.
Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood
University of Denver, Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab