As the context of the COVID-19 pandemic begins to shift, so does the focus of the Keeping Families Strong during COVID-19 conversations hosted by the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families and Illuminate Colorado.
During this week’s call, YMCA of Northern Colorado and Adelante Jeffco shared updates on what their support of families has looked like throughout the crisis so far, as well as what they are doing to prepare for the new needs that continue to arise as Colorado transitions to the Safer-at-Home Order and some communities begin to reopen.
We are inspired by YMCA’s continued efforts to provide child care for as many families as possible; and Adelante Jeffco’s volunteer-run navigation line for Spanish-speaking families, virtual “Grupo de Apoyo” for families with children with special needs, and virtual prenatal education series.
Detailed information on the work that each of these organizations is doing, as well as information shared by many other participants can be found in the notes from the call.
These conversations have been invaluable, and the Partnership is committed to ensuring that the collaboration, resource-sharing and inspiration that they have sparked continues.
Moving forward, the frequency of these conversations will shift to once a month, and they will be structured to focus on supporting families in the prenatal to one to align with the priorities of the Partnership. To provide feedback on what you would specifically like to gain from these conversations moving forward, please click here.
Next Conversation on Keeping Families Strong during COVID-19 (Focus: Prenatal to One)
Tuesday, June 23rd
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Please register in advance
to receive the information to join.
Thank you to the family-strengthening professionals from across Colorado who continue to join us for conversations on Keeping Families Strong during COVID-19.
During this week’s call, we were inspired to hear from Early Intervention Colorado about their quick expansion of telehealth services and virtual evaluations and from a Circle of Parents in Recovery group about their success in engaging previous and first-time participants in their virtual group.
As Stay at Home orders begin lifting across the state, we look forward to hearing and learning from each other about creative ways to support families through new challenges that this may bring.
Please find information on the next conversation as well as a meeting summary and notes from this week’s call below.
Upcoming Conversation on Keeping Families Strong during COVID-19
Join us to share and learn from others about adaptations, resources,
and ongoing needs for strengthening families during these unprecedented times.
Tuesday, May 19th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Register HERE in advance to receive a confirmation email containing information about joining.
CONVERSATION ON KEEPING FAMILIES STRONG DURING COVID-19 TUESDAY, MAY 5th - SUMMARY
CONVERSATION ON KEEPING FAMILIES STRONG DURING COVID-19
Communities are innovating to ensure families have what they need. From drive-thru food pantries to tele-home visits to virtual dance clubs, folks across the field are employing creativity to provide concrete resources and social connections to children, parents, and families. To get inspired by your peers, explore our notes!
While we’ve made some progress, concrete supports remain urgent not only for families but also for service providers. With plans in place to increase distribution of diapers, formula, and wipes, we’re hopeful. However in addition to the needs of families we identified last call, participants shared that families who are experiencing loss also need resources to cover funeral costs. Finding housing and food resources for families who are experiencing homelessness is especially difficult. Additionally, food pantries, child care providers, and others continue to be in need of gloves, masks, and cleaning supplies.
Internet challenges persist. Rural and frontier communities continue to face additional barriers to services and social connections as many programs and social relationships switch to online.
We all have a role to play--professionally and personally--to build social connections in our communities. Whether it’s finding new ways to virtually check in with families we serve, connecting with our peers and workforce, or developing new initiatives to build social connections between parents, we all can continue to proactively foster and build relationships.
Please use what's meaningful to you from this meeting summary and our notes.
On behalf of Illuminate Colorado and the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families, we thank everyone for your commitment to this work! Let us know if you have any questions or if there is anything else we can do to support you in these uncertain times.
Virtual Listening Session as part of Gov. Polis’s prenatal to three policy priority development
Please explore our compiled notes, which were submitted for consideration.
4/7/2020 2 Comments
El Consorcio de Familias Prosperando quiere aprender de usted y como construir y promover conexiones sociales para los padres. Con el estrés adicional debido al coronavirus en Colorado, el cierre de escuelas y servicios de cuidado de niño, a demás de sentimientos de aislamiento como resultado del distanciamiento social, las comunidades van desarrollando estrategias nuevas para unirse y apoyar las familias y los niños. Necesitamos su voz, por método de un grupo de enfoque virtual, para apoyar nuestro movimiento de construir conexiones para los padres a través de Colorado. Para contribuir su experiencia, favor de registrarse para uno de los siguientes grupos de enfoque:
Jueves, el 9 de abril: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (en inglés)
Friday, el 10 de abril: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (en inglés)
Miércoles, el 15 de abril: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (en español) Regístrese aquí
Fecha será anunciada: Grupo de enfoque para familias LGBTQ+ Regístrese aquí
Los participantes recibirán una tarjeta de regalo electrónica de $20 por su apoyo. Todos los grupos serán reunidos virtualmente por Zoom y después de registrarse le enviaremos instrucciones para participar. Para más información, preguntas o sugerencias acera de los grupos de enfoque, favor de contactar a Hattie Landry (email@example.com).
4/7/2020 4 Comments
We need parents like you to help shape our effort to build strong connections for parents across Colorado by participating in an upcoming focus group. To add your perspective, please register for one of the following virtual focus group times:
- Thursday, 4/9 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (English language) -FULL
- Friday, 4/10 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. (English language) - FULL
- Wednesday, 4/15 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Spanish language) Register HERE
- Friday, 4/17 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (LGBTQ+ families) Register HERE
Participants will be provided a $20 electronic gift card for their time and support. All focus groups will be held via Zoom, and information on how to join each meeting will be sent after you register. For questions, concerns, or more information about yet to be scheduled focus groups, please reach out to Hattie Landry at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families works collaboratively across the State of Colorado to create the conditions for strong families and communities where children are healthy, valued and thriving.