Jefferson

Vision


Jefferson County Partners envision a community in which early childhood services are aligned to support and promote healthy, thriving young children and families.

Mission


Establish community understanding of the benefits of early childhood social emotional health and develop a collaborative infrastructure that creates a lasting positive impact on the health of young children, their families, and the community.

Community Partners


  • Colorado Community Health Alliance
  • Developmental Disabilities Resource Center
  • Jefferson Center for Mental Health
  • Jefferson County Human Services
  • Jefferson County Prosperity Project
  • Jefferson County Public Health
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Jefferson County Schools Foundation
  • Lakewood Head Start
  • Metro Community Providers Network
  • TRIAD Early Childhood Council

Goals


  • All families of young children have access to culturally and linguistically relevant integrated care (including a screening and referral process) that is affordable, effective, and readily available.
  • Increase sustainable capacity of child care providers and align professional competencies across systems with fidelity in order to ensure consistent and sustainable high quality care for young children.
  • Increase capacity of already-existing home visitation programs by: 1) developing a coordinated system (or “canopy”) of communication and referral and 2) delivering better family support using mental health support and two generation strategies.
  • Using family-centered, family-directed, and culturally/linguistically-relevant approaches, increase protective factors for families who are struggling with domestic violence, child abuse, drug use, unemployment, homelessness, mental health and poverty issues; streamline available family strengthening opportunities.
  • Appropriate/timely developmental and social emotional screenings are available to all children in the target area regardless of where they access the health care and early education systems.

population & geographic focus


Jefferson

Children ages prenatal to 3 years and their families living within the 80214 zip code, which encompasses the community and neighborhoods between 32nd Avenue and 6th Avenue (north-south) and between Sheridan and Carr Street (east-west). The cities included are Wheat Ridge, Edgewater and Lakewood.

Geographic Focus Map