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American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Safe Sleep Recommendations

Approximately 3,500 infants die annually in the United States from sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). New guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics is designed to help reduce those numbers. They recommend supine positioning, the use of a firm sleep surface, room-sharing without bed-sharing, and the avoidance of soft bedding and overheating. Additional recommendations for SIDS reduction include breastfeeding, avoid-ance of exposure to smoke, alcohol, and illicit drugs, routine immunization, and the use of a pacifier. The recommend-ations and strength of evidence for each recommendation are included in this policy statement.


 Douglas County WrapAround Program

Facilitated, 6-12 month process helping families solve difficult issues. A trained WRAP Facilitator assists the family, along with the family’s self-identified team, in developing a creative plan for the family to identify ways for the family to be successful. Each WrapAround Plan is based on the unique strengths of the family, for example, what are the best qualities of the parents, and does the family have a long range vision? We are there to help the family identify their needs, help them put a plan together, and then put that plan into action. Call 303-663-6233 for more information


Five Protective Factors: Tips for Families

There are many ways that parents, caregivers, programs and communities can promote healthy development and the well-being of children. By building on strengths of both the family and child, while increasing the protective factors, families and communities enhance parent’s capabilities to care for their children. Listed below are the protective factors to help keep families strong and some suggested activities for parents:

Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Explore parenting questions with your family doctor, your child’s teacher, family, or friends.
  • Subscribe to a magazine, website, or online newsletter about child development.
  • Take a parenting class at a local community center (these often have sliding fee scales).
Parental Resilience
  • Surround yourself with people who support you and make you feel good about yourself.
  • Take quiet time to reenergize: take a bath, write, sing, laugh, play, drink a cup of tea.
  • Do some physical exercise: walk, stretch, do yoga, lift weights, dance.
Social Connections
  • Participate in neighborhood activities such as potluck dinners, street fairs, picnics, or block parties.
  • Join a playgroup or online support group of parents with children at similar ages.
  • Find a church, temple, or mosque that welcomes and supports parents.
Concrete Supports for Parents
  • Make a list of people or places to call for support.
  • Dial “2-1-1” to find out about organizations that support families in your area.
Social and Emotional Competence of Children
  • Provide regular routines, especially for young children. Make sure everyone who cares for your child is aware of your routines around mealtimes, naps, and bedtime.
  • Talk with your children about how important feelings are.
  • Teach and encourage children to solve problems in age-appropriate ways.
This tip sheet was created with information from experts in national organizations that work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being, including the Strengthening Families Initiatives in New Jersey, Alaska, and Tennessee. More information can be found by clicking here.



ALLHEALTH Network: FREE (no cost) behavioral health care services and resources for all children 11 years old and under without insurance.  Many services are also free or low cost for under insured children and their families.
Call 303-730-8858 or visit

Doctors Care: This clinic serves as a medical home for those aged “newborn – 30 years old” who are uninsured or on Medicaid, Childen’s Health Plan Plus (CHP ) or the Doctors Care sliding fee-scale program. Physician assistants, nurse practitioners and volunteer providers offer affordable, high quality, reliable health care at the clinic five days a week.
Please call (303) 730-1313
for general information to make an appointment at the clinic (walk-ins are not accepted).

Delta Dental of Colorado offers an innovative new program to help low income and uninsured Coloradans get the dental care they need.
For more information and to apply, visit:

CCCAP: Colorado Child Care Assistance Program
Parents may qualify to get assistance paying for child care if their income is below a certain amount.  Examples of income are money you get from employment (even if you have your own business), child support, unemployment, or Social Security Disability Income. All income is based on total earnings before any taxes or deductions are taken out. For more information or to apply, please go to:

The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program recently released videos for parents that use the CHATS system.
Please see the full, short and denial videos.

Colorado Preschool Program
The Colorado State General Assembly established the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) to help families who, due to financial or situational circumstances, may be unable to provide a quality preschool experience for their child. Traumatic events (multiple moves, significant financial hardship, etc.), developmental risk factors (which include language and social skill development), and family history will be considered.  Eligibility is based on level of need. Families who would like to learn more or apply for the program should go to the Early Childhood  You may request an application by calling the preschool information line at (720) 433-0025 or Click Here.


Macaroni Kid (Highlands Ranch, Parker, Castle Rock)
Weekly GO-TO source for families featuring articles, recipes, crafts, and local family-friendly events.
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Families First :
Family support services and parent education (English and Spanish)
Families First Family Support Toll-Free Line 1-800-CHILDREN (1-877-695-7996)
Familes First Spanish Family Support Toll-Free Line 1-866-Las Familias (1-866-527-3264)

Families First Parent Education Classes
includes: A Parenting; Constructive Parenting; Parenting with Confidence; ABC’s of Parenting; Becoming a Love and Logic Parent; 1,2,3,4 Parents; and Appreciating Your Adolescent.
To register, 303-745-0327.

Douglas County Parenting Coalition: find parent resources at

Fussy Baby Network Colorado:

1-2-3 Magic
Easy to learn parenting solutions:

Baby Sign Language:
collection of free resources created to teach baby sign language (tutorials, flash cards and more)

Bright by Three:
Bright by Three provides FREE, quality, researched-based materials to families with children between pregnancy and 36 months of age in both English and Spanish. Materials include information on brain, child and language development and games that parents can play with their babies. In addition, Bright by Three also offers a digital version called Bright by Text. By texting the word “Bright” or “Brillante” to 274448, parents can get weekly updates with the same, research-based information – but delivered in bite-sized chunks and timed to the child’s age and developmental stage.

Service sends free text messages to women who are pregnant or whose babies are less than a year old, providing information and weekly reminders to improve their health and the health of their babies.


Center for Disease Control Milestones

Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development


Colorado Department of Human Services


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