NOW LEARNING COMMUNITY
Jefferson County, Colorado
Since 2017, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) and Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition (CSPC) have partnered to support Spanish speaking families and service providing agencies in building a network that will develop and rely on the leadership of the Spanish Speaking families. This network of community members and organizational partners provide continuing education opportunities to Family, Friend, and neighbor (FFN) childcare providers, personal and professional development to community members, and collaborate strategically to extend training opportunities across the Denver Metro Area. Adelante participates in the State FFN Strategic Network Group, RAISE Colorado, and Roadmap for Bright Futures Steering Committee advocating for families and communities. Focus is on Spanish-speaking/Latino children and families concentrated in under-resourced communities.
Adelante works to enhance the social capital for Latino children and families by developing neighborhood level strategies connected to formal systems as a structure for community impact, advocacy, and policy development.
Jefferson County is a community where Latino children thrive. A society where each family has the tools and the power to raise their children, direct the creation of community resources, and be valued as experts in the health, education and well-being of their families.
Learning Community Goals and Strategic Priorities
During the learning community, Adelante is focusing on the following goals and strategic priorities:
Connect and support families: educate parents and families about the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of children. Provide support for the challenges of parenting in a way that is culturally relevant, strengthening family resiliency and emotional health
Strengthen the capacity of community action: ensure that the community has the necessary tools to navigate the health and education systems and that their voices are heard and included in decision-making processes
Strengthen the coordination of services: Ensure that providers and families are connected to support systems and that organizations offer competent, relevant, and responsive services
Manage the finances and create a sustainability plan for Adelante
Blog Post: "Seguimos Adelante! Reflecting on the journey and planning steps for the future," By Lorena Garcia, Cynthia Zapata, and Paulina Erices, Adelante Network Coordinators (December 11, 2019)
Video: Public Health Champs | Adelante Jeffco: https://youtu.be/P6bsSgfoKZo
As part of the NOW Learning Community, Adelante partnered with NOW staff to develop a baseline data map of key community indicators. Check out this interactive map of child care resources and where Latino residents in Jefferson County live.