Project Abstract

The Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund (Trust Fund) provides leadership, collaborative support, and advising and makes recommendations regarding child maltreatment prevention planning, implementation, alignment, and investments across Colorado, with a statutorily-defined focus on primary and secondary prevention. The work is governed by a 19-member Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Board (the Board) made up of cross-system representatives at county and state levels alongside family leadership. Currently, the Board is tasked with identifying gaps in the prevention array (e.g., service gaps, population gaps, implementation gaps, alignment/coordination gaps, and resource gaps); conducting an assessment of family needs as related to child maltreatment prevention (e.g., social isolation, caregiver behavioral health, child development); and making recommendations for a multi-year investment strategy of multiple funding sources the Trust Fund holds and for which the Board is responsible for making recommendations about funding priorities. The Colorado Department of Early Childhood is partnering with the Colorado Lab to develop a multi-year Prevention Investment Strategy Plan to help guide the Trust Fund and accelerate alignment of prevention investments across Colorado.


Colorado Department of Early Childhood

Research Partners: 

University of Denver, Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab


Prevention Investment Strategy: A Roadmap Forward

Leveraging Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund Investments to Drive Prevention for Colorado Families

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