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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.  […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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; […]

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Family and School Partnership in Education Month

Governor 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.  […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: Child Support Enforcement Services Parent’s Guide to Child Support (also in Spanish) Modifying your Child Support Order (also in […]

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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; […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]