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Focus on Children and Youth

Resources from Colorado State Government Agencies

By The Staff of the Colorado State Publications Library, spl@cde.state.co.us

Revised November 2014

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General and specific resources to assist with information about issues regarding children and youth in the state are available from various Colorado government agencies. The following are selected Internet sites and print publications in this area. Web site URLs may have changed since the printing of this list. If a web address does not connect, go to http://www.colorado.gov/ and search by subject keyword. The print publications may be borrowed from the State Publications Library as described in the last paragraph.



Adoption/Foster Care/Kinship Care

 

Adoption, Information on adoption records and the adoption process from the Center for Health and Environment Information and Statistics, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Adoption and Foster Care, resources on how to become an Adoptive or Foster parent from the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Answers to Your Questions About Relinquishment and Adoptionprepared by the Colorado Judicial Branch, fold-out brochure, 2002, current edition available online.
Call Number: SC1.2/R27/2002

Child Welfare Division Adoption Resources. Colorado Department of Human Services.

Colorado Kinship Connection, local and statewide information about organizations and programs that may be helpful for kinship caregivers from the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Colorado Voluntary Adoption Registry, a program from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment designed to facilitate voluntary contact between adoptees 18 years of age and older who were born in Colorado and their birth parents.

Foster Care and Permanence Task Force: A Report, submitted to the Governor, state of Colorado, the Chief Justice of Colorado Supreme Court, the Judiciary Committee, the Health and Human Services Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Colorado Sixty-sixth General Assembly, 86 pages, 2008.
Call Number: GA1/16.2/F81/2008/INTERNET

Foster Care Education: Improving Educational Outcomes for Children and Youth, from the Office of Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement, Colorado Department of Education.

Foster Care Resources from the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Kinship Care in Colorado, Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Kinship Connection, 2012.
Call Number: HU685.2/K62/2012

Grandparents: As Parents, from the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, 4 pages, 2006. Also available in print.
Call Number: UCSU20/6.22/10.241/2006/

What Happens to Me Now?: A Handbook for Colorado Children Who Are Not Living at Home, by Bradley Bittan, et al., Office of the State Court Administrator, 16 pages, 2003, also available in Spanish and online for specific age levels. Also available online through the State Judicial Branch website (scroll through the list of "documents" on the right to find the handbook).
Call Number: SC9.2/H21/2003 (English) and SC9.2/H21/2003 (Spanish)

 

Careers/College

Career Help, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
Research specific occupations, choose a new career, or analyze your skills to find an occupation that best suits you.

Careers for Colorado's New Energy Economy, by the Colorado Governor's Energy Office, 27 pages, 2009.
Call number: GOV11.2/C18/2009/INTERNET

College Catalogs from all Colorado state universities, state colleges, and community colleges, available for loan from the Colorado State Publications Library

College in Colorado, by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the College Access Network. A portal to information on colleges and careers in Colorado. Includes side-by-side college comparisons, exploring career options, and information on scholarships and financial aid.

e-Colorado - Career Planning, from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. A collection of workforce resources including career assessment tools, job trends and industry section research.

 

Charter Schools

Charter Schools, website by the Colorado Department of Education.

Charter School Data, by the Colorado Department of Education. Enrollment statistics, demographic information, and Adequate Yearly Progress determinations.

Charter Schools Guidebook, by the Colorado Department of Education, 2012. A collection of guidebooks for administrators, governing boards, business managers and parents.

The Colorado Charter School Handbook: a guide for starting and operating a charter school. Schools of Choice Unit, Colorado Department of Education, 2010

Charter School Leadership in Colorado, by Dick M. Carpenter II and Kista Kafer, Colorado Department of Education, 2010.
Call Number: ED12/6.2/L47/2010/INTERNET

State of Charter Schools in Colorado, from the Colorado Department of Education. Also available in print.
Call number: ED2.66/2013

State Oversight of Charter Schools, by Katey McGettrick, Colorado Legislative Council, 2010.
Call number: GA4.20/10-05/INTERNET

 

Child Abuse

Answers to Your Questions About Dependency & Neglect, by the Colorado Judicial Branch, fold-out brochure, 2001, current edition available online.
Call Number: SC1.2/D44/2001

Child Abuse: Information for SchoolEmployees, by the Colorado Department of Education, Prevention Initiatives Unit, brochure, 2005, also availablein print.
Call Number: ED15/50.2/AB9/2006

Child Abuse Prevention, Prevention Services Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Report Abuse or Neglect, Colorado Department of Human Services.

 

Child Welfare

Answers to Your Questions About Child Support Enforcement, by the Colorado Judicial Branch, fold-out brochure, 2002, current edition available online.
Call Number: SC1.2/C44/2000

Child and Family Services FY 2010-2014 Five Year Plan, by the Colorado Department of Human Services, 76 pages, 2009.

Child Welfare Data and Reports from the Colorado Department of Human Services

Final Report of the Governor's Child Welfare Action Committee, by the Colorado Department of Human Services, 34 pages, 2010.
Call number: GO41/5.2/AC8/2010/INTERNET

KidsCount in Colorado!,by the Colorado Children's Campaign, annual report and state profile, also available in print.
Call Number: HCP1.12/current year

Office of Homeless Youth Services website, from the Colorado Department of Human Services. Includes a list of resources for homeless youth, facts on homeless and runaway youth in Colorado, and the Colorado Homeless Youth Action Plan.

Youth Employment Laws website from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Youthnet, from the Office of Workforce Development, Colorado Department of Local Affairs. A searchable database that provides information about services available to Colorado's youth.

 

Early Childhood

Colorado Early Childhood Needs Assessment, conducted for the Early Childhood Leadership Commission, 2011.
Call Number: GOV5/16.2/N28/2011

Colorado's Strategic Plan for Early Childhood Mental Health, by the Colorado Blue Ribbon Policy Council for Early Childhood Mental Health.
Call Number: HU10.2/C43/2008/INTERNET

Connection Between Health Disparities and the Social Determinants of Health in Early Childhood, by Heather J. Dubiel, Alyson Shupe, and Rickey Tolliver, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2010.
Call Number: HE19/510.12/77/INTERNET

Early Childhood Programs and Initiatives website, from the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Behavioral Health. Focuses on Mental health programs and resources.

Early Intervention Colorado, by the Colorado Department of Education. Early intervention supports and services for infants, toddlers and their family.

Early Learning and School Readiness website, by the Colorado Department of Education

 

Education

Education Rights of Homeless Children, by the Colorado Department of Education, fold-out brochure, 2001, also available in print.
Call Number: ED2.2/H75/2001

Gifted and Talented Resources, from the Colorado Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services.

Homeless Education Program Resources and Training Materials website from the Colorado Department of Education Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement Unit.

Academic Standards, by the Colorado Department of Education.

No Child Left Behind State Report Card, by the Colorado Department of Education, unpaged, current year also available in print.
Call Number: ED2.68/current year

SchoolView, from the Colorado Department of Education. Interactive portal for the Colorado Growth Model and school performance data.

Student Assessment, by the Colorado Department of Education

Unified Improvement Planning website from the Colorado Department of Education. A guide to the initiatives aimed at improving student achievement.

 

Health

Adolescent Health Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Data from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. Topics include: physical activity, nutrition, alcohol, tobacco, substance use, safety, mental health, sexual health and school and family involvement.

Bigger Kids?, by the Family and Youth Institute, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension and College of Applied Human Sciences, Fort Collins, CO, 7 pages, 2006, also available in print.
Call Number: UCSU6/62.10/8/1

Colorado Kids with Diabetes Care and Prevention Collaborative website, a collaboration of the American Diabetes Association, Colorado Association of School Nurses, Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. Provides toolkits and resources for families and health providers.

Infants and Children Health Topics from the Colorado Department of Public Heatlh and Environment. Brochures on health for children with special needs, breastfeeding, approved suppliers of infant formula, newborn screening and more.

Maternal and Child Health Data from the Health Statistics Section of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Birth and death data, pregnancy statistics, pediatric nutrition information, birth defects and data from the Colorado Child Health Survey.

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness from the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. General resources on influenza and pandemic readiness and planning.

Report on Access to and Quality of Care for Children on Medicaid and the Children's Basic Health Plan, by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, current year.
Call Number: HCP1.24/

State Plan for Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Services for Children and Youth, State of Colorado fiscal years 2010-2013, by the Colorado Prevention Leadership Council, 2010. Also available in print.
Call number: HE19/120.2/P91/2010

Understanding diabetes: a handbook for people who are living with diabetes, 12th edition., by H. Peter Chase, M.D., University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, 12th edition 2012.

Weight of the State: 2009 Report on Overweight and Obesity in Colorado, by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Physical Activity and Nutrition Program, 2009, 84 pages. Also available in print.
Call Number: HE19/105.2/W42/2009

Youth Sexual Health from the Prevention Services Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Fact sheets, statistics and resources on sexual health.

 

Multicultural Education

Equity Toolkit for Administrators, by the Colorado Department of Education, 2010, 65 pages.
Call number: ED2.2/EQ5/2010/INTERNET

Immigrant Integration: educator resource guide, by the Colorado Department of Education, 48 pages, 2007. Also available in print.
Call Number: ED2.2/IM4/2007

Language, Culture and Equity Unit Publications and Resources, Colorado Department of Education.

 

Parenting

Answers to Your Questions About Filing for Divorce with Children, prepared by the Colorado Judicial Branch, fold-out brochure, 2003, current edition available online and in Spanish
Call Number: SC1.2/F48/2003 (English) and SC1.2/D64/2003(Spanish)

Answers to Your Questions About Paternity, by the Colorado Judicial Branch, fold-out brochure, 2001, current edition available online
Call Number: SC1.2/P27/2001

Connecting With Your Kids: Important Information on Parenting Time in Colorado, by Jane A. Irvine of the Colorado Foundation for Families and Children, 245 pages, 2nd edition 2004, also available in print.
Call Number: SC1.2/K54/2004

Fatherhood: Be there for your kids, a site promoting responsible fatherhood from the Colorado Fatherhood Council and the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Colorado Works.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten, by the Colorado State Library, Colorado Department of Education. This brochure offers tips and ideas on what children should know in order to function well from the beginning of kindergarten, along with ideas for activities. Available in Spanish and English.

The Incredible Years: Parent, Teacher and Child Training Series, by Carolyn Webster-Stratton, et al., University of Colorado at Boulder, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, 231 pages, 2001
Call Number: UCB6/109.11/11

Information for Parents: Expanding Quality in Infant/Toddler Care, from the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness, Colorado Department of Education.

Parenting from Prison: A Resource Guide for Parents Incarcerated in Colorado, by Barbara S. Bosley, et al., Colorado Judicial Branch, 84 pages, 2002

A Parent's Guide to Child Support, by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Enforcement, 2008, 32 pages.

When Is It Legal To Leave Children Alone? by the Colorado Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Reading

Children's Literacy Information, from the Colorado State Library,

Colorado Reads 2013: The Early Literacy Initiative, Colorado Office of the Lieutenant Governor, 2012.

A Guidebook for Adolescent Reading, by the Colorado Department of Education, 43 pages, 2000
Call Number: ED14/1.2/G94/2000

The Impact of Summer Reading Programs in Colorado Libraries, Colorado State Library.

One Book 4 Colorado, a partnership between the Colorado State Library and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor with the goal of giving away copies of the same book to every 4 year old in Colorado through public libraries, Reach Out and Read Colorado clinics, and Denver preschools.

Read-To-Achieve Publications, by the Colorado Department of Education, including Annual Reports, External Evaluation Reports, and Audit reports.

Reading Tips for Parents, by the Colorado State Library, fold-out brochure, 2010, also available in Spanish.
Call Number: ED3.2/R22/2010

State Standards - Reading, Writing and Communicating from the Colorado Department of Education

 

Safety/Violence

Bruised Inside: What Our Children Say About Youth Violence, What Causes It, and What We Need to Do About It, prepared by the National Association of Attorneys General co-chaired by Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar, 76 pages, 2000. Also available in print.
Call Number: LAW1.2/B83/2000

Bullying Prevention and Intervention, Colorado Department of Education. Resources and tools for schools and communities to utilize in order to reduce the frequency and intensity of bullying behaviors.

Bullying Prevention Program, University of Colorado at Boulder, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence.

Colorado School Safety Resource Center, Colorado Department of Public Safety. Information on training and resources for educators, parents and students.

Colorado School Violence Prevention and Student Discipline Manual, by Attorney General John Suthers, et al., Office of the Attorney General of Colorado, revised edition 2009. Also vailable in print.
Call Number: LAW1.8/V81/2009

Gangs and Youth Violence Factsheet, by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2008, 2 pages.
Call number: UCB6/109.15/FS001/2008/INTERNET

Quick Guide to Safe Schools and Youth Violence, by the Colorado State Publications Library.

The Report of Governor Bill Owens' Columbine Review Commission, by the Governor's Columbine Review Commission, 174 pages, 2001. Also available in print.
Call Number: GO40/31.2/C67/2001

Report of the Investigation into the 1997 Directed Report and Related Matters Concerning the Columbine High School Shootings in April 1999, by Attorney General Ken Salazar, Office of the Attorney General of Colorado, 39 pages + appendices, 2004
Call Number: LAW1.2/C67/2004

Safe Communities ~ Safe Schools Publications, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence,

Safe and Drug-Free Schools , by the Colorado Department of Education.

School Resource Guide Regarding Sex Offender Registration Informationby the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, Sex Offender Management Board, 19 pages, 2003. Also available in print.
Call Number: PS7/2.2/SC6/2003

 

School Finance

Public School Finance, website by the Colorado Department of Education

Report on the State Education Fund, by the Colorado Legislative Council staff, current year. Also available in print.
Call Number: GA4.2/ED8/current year

Revenues and Expenditures, by the Colorado Department of Education, annual, also available in print
Call Number: ED5/50.13/current year

School District Cost of Living Study Results, by the Colorado Legislative Council staff, 2010. Also available in print.
Call Number: GA4.2/C82/2010

School Finance in Colorado, by the Colorado Legislative Council staff, current year, also available in print.
Call Number: GA4.2/F49/current year

The State Constitution and School Finance, by Todd Herreid, Colorado Legislative Council, 2009, 5 pages. 
Call Number: GA4.2/SC6/2009/INTERNET 

Understanding Colorado School Finance and Categorical Program Funding, by the Colorado Department of 
Education Public School Finance Unit, 24 pages, July 2006. Also available in print.
Call Number: ED5/50.67/2006

 

Special Needs

Charting a Course for the Future - A Transition Toolkit, by the Office of Special Education, Colorado Department of Education, 2014. 

Family Information and Resources compiled by the Office of Special Education, Exceptional Student Services, Colorado Department of Education.

From Here to There: The Self-advocacy Handbook, by the Colorado State University, Center for Community Partnerships, Department of Occupational Therapy, 51 pages, 2006.

Parent's Corner designed to help parents of gifted children locate information and resources that may be helpful. From the Office of Gifted Education, Colorado Department of Education.

Special Education Resources, from the Office of Special Education, Exceptional Student Services Unit, Colorado Department of Education. A collection of information on accountability, materials for program directors, family information, and fact sheets.

Twice-exceptional Students: Gifted Students with Disabilities: An Introductory Resource Book, by the Colorado Department of Education, 111 pages, 2012.

 

Transportation

Colorado Child Passenger Safety website , from the Colorado Department of Transportation. Brochures in English and Spanish on child passenger safety and the booster seat law.

The Driver's Seat - Teen Driving website from the Colorado Department of Transportation, information for parents and teens along with a "teen driver tool kit" for schools.

Walk and Bike to School Colorado, by the Colorado Department of Transportation Bicycle/Pedestrian Program. Tool Kit and resources for starting a "walk to school" program in your community.

 


To borrow any of these print publications, or for further information...contact the Colorado State Publications Library. Hours are 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. Publications may also be available at depository libraries that carry state government documents, or through interlibrary loan.



For further information regarding these sites or any state government information, please contact:

Colorado State Publications Library
Colorado State Library
Colorado Department of Education
201 E. Colfax Ave., Room 314
Denver, CO 80203
voice: 303/866-6725 fax: 303/866-6940
E-mail: spl@cde.state.co.us
Web site: http://www.cde.state.co.us/stateinfo

 

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