Kids Thrive

Our community and Colorado prosper when our kids thrive because they are our future workforce, leaders and community members. All kids, no matter where they live need high-quality care giving for their development. We all have a role to play in helping parents and caregivers prepare Colorado's kids for the future.

Children’s social and emotional development begins before birth and is just as important to their success as their cognitive and physical development.

Children's physical health also begins before birth and lays the foundation for future healthy development.

Services and policies that help strengthen families, prevent abuse and neglect, aid caregivers struggling with adversity, and promote positive interactions within families and caregivers help kids develop their potential.

October is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

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Every year, there are approximately 3,500 sleep-related infant deaths in the U.S., including SIDS, accidental suffocation and strangulation, and unknown causes of death.  Here are 6 practices to reduce the possibility of infant sleep related death.

1. Always place baby on their back to sleep for naps and at night.

2. Dress your baby in sleep clothing, such as a wearable blanket.  Do not use loose blankets and do not over bundle.

3. Keep soft object such as toys, and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area.  Make sure nothing covers baby’s head.

4. Baby should sleep alone on a firm, flat sleep surface such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib covered by a fitted sheet. 

5. Baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, with you or anyone else.

6. Have baby sleep in the same room, alone, in their own crib next to where the parents sleep for the first 6 months of life. 

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Prevent Sleep Related Infant Deaths, view this interactive E-handout for families...

Local Resources & Programs

Find information about local resources and programs that support kids and families.

Websites on Social Emotional Development

See websites with more information on social emotional development.

Websites on Children's Physical Development