Parenting Matters of El Paso County partners with community agencies and organizations to develop and implement a systems approach to parent education. We organize parenting education & resources county-wide, built on collaboration among families, agencies and the community. We enhance positive parenting practices and promote the health and optimal development of children and youth.
The relationship between children and their families is the foundation upon which children’s lives depend. Since families are their children’s first and best teachers, the care and support of the family is crucial to a child’s overall successful development. Parenting Matters collaborates with schools, community, state and local government agencies to ensure that the children of El Paso County have what is required to succeed in school and life.
Joint initiatives for Youth and Families (JI) is a not-for-profit interagency collaboration of 18 community leaders who leverage resources to create positive, sustainable outcomes for children and their families. They identified child abuse and neglect as an issue that can, in one way, be addressed through parenting education prevention efforts. JI Partner agencies were polled to determine current parenting education and prevention programs. The results identified gaps in the availability of proven/promising programs. An El Paso County Community Readiness Assessment conducted by CFERT indicated that parenting education is a community need requiring a coordinated response.
The El Paso County Parent Education Consortium Leadership Team began meeting in July 2010. The team, now called the Parenting Matters Committee, is comprised of representatives from JI, and various Alliance for Kids community partners.
In 2010 Alliance for Kids, the Early Childhood Council of El Paso County and an initiative of JI, was identified as one of the Colorado Parenting Matters 2010-2015 OBH Partners. The grant awarded to CFERT-Colorado Parenting Matters by the Office of Behavioral Health Federal Substance Abuse Prevention Block Grants allowed CFERT to provide training & technical assistance to develop a coordinated system for Parenting Education utilizing the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework.
In 2011 CFERT partners adopted the Parenting Matters logo and name. In 2012, United Way, Success by Six provided some funding resources for Parenting Matters in Colorado Springs and in 2013 the project received a one year grant from Tony Grampsas Youth Services (TGYS).
The program continues to be funded through El Paso County Early Childhood Council, School Readiness Project, Pikes Peak United Way funding, and REACH (HB 1451).
Parenting Matters is all about parents! We welcome your questions, insights and suggestions. If you have a passion for parenting like we do, we invite you to join our Parenting Matters committee. Please contact us to find out how you can get more involved.