In early 2019, the Office of Early Childhood at the Colorado Department of Human Services began an innovative pilot to connect home visiting agencies with local home child care providers. These two key players share a similar family strengthening and healthy child development space, yet historically have not interacted. The pilot, implemented as part of a Preschool Development Grant, included five non-profit agencies who delivered the Parents as Teacher and/or Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters curriculum trainings to home child care providers in their local area. Initial data collected as part of the pilot indicated promising potentials for cultivating innovative partnerships in the early childhood space that can elevate home visiting models and improve collective impact for children and their families.
To further understand and amplify these promising partnership potentials, the Colorado Lab will conduct a case study on the initial pilot, with an expressed focus on provider experience of the partnership. In leveraging findings for action, an outreach video on partnership success and impact will be produced for use in Colorado communities looking to strengthen home visiting and home child care provider collaborations.
Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood
University of Denver, Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab