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New Report on Youth Suicide Prevention

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office just released a new report, Community Conversations to Inform Youth Suicide Prevention: A Study of Youth Suicide in Four Colorado Counties, which is now available to view online from our library. The report examines the growing rates of youth suicide in El Paso, La Plata, Mesa, and Pueblo counties, which have the state’s highest rates of teen suicide. In El Paso County alone, the number of suicide deaths in the 10-18 age group doubled from 2014 to 2017, according to the report, which analyzed statistical data as well as information from focus groups, interviews, and community feedback. Statistical data analysis was conducted from “death certificate, hospitalization and emergency department data, the Colorado Violent Death Reporting System, the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System and the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey.” The latter three programs are all sponsored by the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment, whose website includes data as well as resources on prevention.

You can also find more information on youth suicide in these other resources from our library:

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Family Literacy Resources

Winter break is a great time to read with your kids! Learning doesn’t just happen at school; it happens at home, too. The Colorado Department of Education defines family literacy as the following:

Family Literacy

Integrates all the following activities:

  • Parent or family adult education and literacy activities that lead to readiness for postsecondary education or training, career advancement and economic self-sufficiency;
  • Interactive literacy activities between parents or family members and their children;
  • Training for parents or family members on how to be the primary teacher for their children and full partners in the education of their children; AND
  • An age appropriate education to prepare children for success in school and life experiences.

If you’re looking for ways to be more involved in your child’s education, here are some helpful resources available from our library:

To learn about the State of Colorado’s family literacy programs, see the following:

 

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August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Back-to-school time is quickly approaching, and if you’re a parent, chances are you’re thinking a lot about school supplies, clothes, and lunches.  But don’t forget about one very important thing your kid needs for the new school year:  good eyesight.  Children’s vision can change as they grow, so a child who didn’t need glasses one year might need them the next.  Therefore it’s important to have your child’s vision checked regularly starting at age 3.  The American Optometric Association suggests that parents be on the lookout for the following signs of visual problems in young children:

  • Sitting close to the TV or holding a book too close
  • Squinting
  • Tilting their head
  • Frequently rubbing their eyes
  • Short attention span for the child’s age
  • Turning of an eye in or out 
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty with eye-hand-body coordination when playing ball or bike riding
  • Avoiding coloring activities, puzzles and other detailed activities

Many schools also offer vision screenings.  For information, see Guidelines for School Vision Screening Programs from the Colorado Department of Education.  Also, see the Department’s Vision webpage.

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Charter Schools

If you are looking for information about establishing and administering a charter school, or are a parent considering charter schools for your children, our library collection contains numerous resources that can help you make informed decisions and get the answers you need.  Unless otherwise noted, all of the following publications are from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

For information on starting and running a charter school, first see CDE’s Charter Schools GuidebookFor more detailed information, selected resources on establishment administration include:

Information for parents:

General information, statistics, and data:

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Adoption Resources

November has been declared National Adoption Month, to bring awareness to the thousands of children awaiting adoption, as well as to recognize and celebrate those families that have brought adopted children into their home. 

If you are considering becoming an adoptive parent, it can be difficult to know where and how to begin the process.  There are legal requirements to understand, and decisions to be made about types of adoption (international, private, or through the foster care system).  Luckily, the Colorado Department of Human Services has put together a helpful website to launch potential adoptive parents on their journey.  The Colorado Foster Care and Adoption website includes such helpful pages as How to Start the Adoption Process in Colorado; the Colorado Heart Gallery, which profiles Colorado children awaiting adoption; information on counseling, training, and adoption events; information on becoming a foster parent; profiles of Colorado adoptive families; kinship care; local and national resources and links; and much more.

Our library also has numerous publications that can help prospective parents navigate the adoption process, or for researchers looking for information and statistics about adoption in Colorado:

If you are an adult who was adopted, and are in need of your birth certificate, adoption certificate, or other legal information, or are interested in connecting with your birth parents or siblings, visit the Colorado Vital Records Office’s Adoption website.

For more resources, search our library’s online catalog.

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September is Baby Safety Month

Each year since 1983, September has been recognized as “Baby Safety Month” to promote safe use of baby products and educate consumers about safety concerns for infants and toddlers.  Are you a parent or caregiver with questions about keeping your baby safe from injury?  Or are you a researcher looking for data on infant and child safety?  State agencies have produced numerous publications that can help.

Abandoned Infant ReportColorado Department of Human Services.  Annual.

Airway Obstruction Injuries (AOI) Among Colorado Children Ages 0 to 14Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2005.

Booster Seat Use Among Colorado ChildrenColorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2006.

Brain Injury in Children and YouthColorado Department of Education, 2013.  Includes information on infant traumatic brain injury.

Car Seat SafetyColorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  Website.

Child Fatality Prevention System Data and InformationColorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  Website.

Child Fatality Review in ColoradoColorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2008.

Child Restraint in AutomobilesColorado State University Extension, 2010.

Colorado Child Fatality Prevention SystemColorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2006.

Colorado Child Welfare Plan, Keeping Kids Safe and Families HealthyColorado Department of Human Services, 2012.

Drowning Deaths and Near-Drowning Incidents Among Colorado Children Ages 0-14Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2003.

Early Childhood Caries:  Baby Bottle Tooth Decay or Nursing Bottle MouthColorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2006.

Fall Injuries Among Colorado Children Ages 0 to 14Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2003.

Guidelines for the Identification of Poisonous Plants in Child Care CentersColorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2005.

Infant Mortality in Colorado:  Trends, Disparities, and Current ResearchColorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2008.

Introduction of Solid Foods to InfantsColorado State University Cooperative Extension, 1990.

Motor Vehicle Occupant Injuries for Colorado Children Ages 0 to 14Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2003.

Safe Sleep for Your BabyColorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  Website.

Selecting Safe ToysColorado State University Cooperative Extension, 1974.  Old, but still has many relevant tips.

Serving Children Safe FoodsColorado State University Extension, 2012.

Your Petting Zoo & Fair:  Tips On Making it Safe for the PublicColorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2010.

For more resources, search our library’s online catalog.

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Back-to-School Toolkit

Back-to-school time is upon us, and this year the Colorado Department of Education has released a new Back-to-School Toolkit full of resources for schools and districts to help them communicate with parents, or for parents to access themselves. These resources cover basic information on assessments, accountability, and educator effectiveness.  Presented in the form of quick and easy-to-read fact sheets, the toolkit includes topics such as:

  • What to expect for the 2016-17 school year
  • Understanding assessment scores
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Academic standards
  • Graduation guidelines
  • Teacher evaluation information

and much more.  For more resources for parents, see the department’s Parent and Family Resources webpage.  

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Parent and Family Resources

The Colorado Department of Education has put together a webpage, entitled Parent and Family Resources, which is a great place for families to start when looking for information about their child’s K-12 education.  The website includes information on state tests; finding a school; getting ready to start school and getting ready to graduate; department programs; special education; school and family partnerships; and more.  Search our library’s web catalog for additional information from the Colorado Department of Education.

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Family and School Partnership in Education Month

http://www.cde.state.co.us/sacpie/fspe_month_2015_proclamation-_engGovernor Hickenlooper has declared October in Colorado to be Family and School Partnership in Education Month.  During this month, Colorado will be recognizing the importance of learning both in home and at school, and how home and school can work together to give a child their best future, no matter their cultural or socioeconomic background.  For resources and information on family-school partnerships see the Colorado Department of Education’s State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) website, or search our library’s web catalog for resources.

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Healthy Kids Colorado Survey

Over the past decade, various state agencies have partnered to conduct the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, an anonymous survey that collects data on health-related behaviors of children and youth.  The survey provides data on physical activity and nutrition, injury and violence, mental health, sexual health, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use, and more.  Because some of these are controversial topics, Senate Bill 15-077, known as the “Parent’s Bill of Rights,” calls for parental approval to take the survey.  Opponents argue that if this passes, the survey will be skewed and will not have the intended effects such as grant funding, according to an article in today’s paper.

Whatever your view on the parental issue, the survey reports provide helpful data on child and youth health and behaviors.  The most recent report, with data from 2013, is newly available in print and online through our library. Search keyword Healthy Kids Colorado Survey in our library’s web catalog for reports from previous years.

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Teen Drivers: Resources for Parents

Parents, is your teen anxious to get in the driver’s seat?  The requirements for driver’s ed have changed a lot since we got our licenses in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.  Colorado now requires permitted drivers to log practice drive time, and new drivers to use a Graduated Drivers’ License (GDL).  The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has developed a new Online Parent Course on the GDL.  The website in the link above also provides other parent information such as the licensing process and teen driving laws.  Parents looking for information to give their teens about topics such as districted driving, drinking and driving, seat belts, and winter driving, may want to check out the Driver’s Seat Tool Kit, also available from CDOT.  Finally, the Colorado Driver Handbook, produced by the Colorado Department of Revenue, is available online from our library. 

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Family and School Partnership in Education Month

October is being recognized in Colorado as a time to bring awareness to the partnership between families and schools in helping students succeed.  (View the Governor’s proclamation here.)  The Colorado Department of Education has many resources on this topic, and has recently established the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education.  On their website you can find materials related to school-parent partnerships.  Other helpful resources available from our library include Reading Tips for Parents published by the Colorado State Library and Connecting with Your Kids, a guidebook from the Colorado Supreme Court.

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Getting Ready for Kindergarten

August is back-to-school month, and if you have a little one headed to school for the first time, be sure to check out the Colorado State Library’s Getting Ready for Kindergarten:  Ready, Set, GO!  brochures.  Available both in English and in Spanish, these brochures offer helpful tips to parents about encouraging early literacy as well as checklists for making sure your child is ready for kindergarten in the areas of social and emotional skills and general knowledge and motor skills.  Help your child succeed in kindergarten by making sure they are ready to GO! 

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Colorado Child Support Resources

August is Child Support Awareness Month.  Our library has a number of resources on child support that can help you navigate the process.  Examples of publications on this topic available from the State Publications Library include:

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Education Resources for Parents

The Colorado Dept. of Education has just released a new Resources for Parents webpage.  This helpful guide includes resources for parents of school-age children or who have children who are about to start school.  The information offered includes resources on standards and assessments; preparing for college; school accountability; school choice options; gifted and special education; family-school partnerships; home schooling and online learning; health, wellness, and nutrition; library services; and much more. 

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Marijuana-Related Online Education Materials

With all the attention on marijuana lately, many parents and teachers are concerned about adolescent use of the drug and its effect on the developing brain.  The Colorado Dept. of Education’s Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement Office has created a helpful list of resources on this topic.  These resources can help youth make smart choices and understand why marijuana use is still illegal in Colorado for people under 21 years of age.  This information can also be useful to parents seeking to talk with their teens about marijuana, and to educators to incorporate into science and health curriculum.

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Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development

The University of Colorado at Boulder’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence has released a new online tool for matching youth with development programs based on their individual needs.  The site, Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, features a step-by-step program selector that parents, educators, and youth can use to find programs for needs such as behavioral, educational, emotional, physical, and positive relationships.  The site also features tools to assess children’s needs, information on positive school climate, a list of resources, and more.  The website is co-sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  To find out more, see the University’s press release.

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Kids and Car Seats

With the laws about car seats constantly changing, how do you know if your child is in the right size seat for his or her age, height, and weight?  Check out Car Seats Colorado from the Colorado Dept. of Transportation (CDOT), which can help you determine if your child is in the right seat.  According to CDOT, 64 child passengers died in car accidents between 2006 and 2010 in Colorado.  Of these, 55{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} were not properly restrained.  So check out this helpful website to make sure your child stays safe when riding in a motor vehicle.
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Colorado Dinosaur Information for Kids

Many, if not most, children go through a “dinosaur phase” where they can’t learn enough about the giant prehistoric creatures.  But I had to smile at the story in Friday’s Denver Post about a 9-year-old boy who is so interested in dinosaurs that he applied for the job of chief curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science!  He didn’t get the job, of course, but the museum rewarded him with the title of Honorary Curator for a Day. 

If you have a budding paleontologist at home, our library has several publications of interest from the Colorado Geological Survey that are great for all ages.  Dinousaurs in Our Backyard is an interactive CD-rom that will teach kids (and kids at heart) about the fossils of Dinosaur Ridge, located right outside of Denver and a great place to take youngsters on a field trip.  Additionally, the little ones will enjoy Darin and Denise Discover Denver’s Dinosaurs and Other Denizens of Deep Time, written especially for kids.  And if your miniature scientists are begging to visit other dinosaur sites, Dinosaur Remains in Colorado from the Colorado Office of Archaeology and Preservation can give you some ideas for where to go.  Also, the CGS’s special publication 35, Colorado’s Dinosaurs, provides maps to fossil sites along with other information on our state’s prehistoric creatures. 
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Child Care Facilities

If you run a child care facility, you should be aware of a new bi-partisan bill just signed into law, HB13-1084, concerning licensing of facilities.  Also making its way through the Legislature is another bill relevant to child care providers, HB13-1259, regarding child abuse and domestic violence. 

Our library collection contains many documents that provide helpful information for both providers of child care and for parents.  Some titles of interest include:

Search our web catalog for more titles regarding child care and services for children.
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Foster Families

“Colorado’s County Departments of Human Services and Social Services are looking for some really special people to be adoptive and foster families.  Becoming an adoptive or foster parent is an important decision that will change your life and that of a child forever.  Hundreds of children in Colorado are waiting for a family.  One of them might be waiting for you.”  — Colorado Dept. of Human Services

An article in today’s Denver Post, in conjunction with their recent investigative series on child abuse, reports that Colorado needs hundreds more foster families to meet the need.  If you’re thinking about becoming a foster parent, the Colorado Dept. of Human Services’ Foster Care Program can get you started.  They sponsor the website www.changealifeforever.org, where you can find out about foster parenting and adoption and take the first steps toward giving a child a better life.