Resources from Colorado State Government Agencies
By The Staff of the Colorado State Publications Library, firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised July 2013
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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
- Charter Schools
- Child Abuse
- Child Welfare
- Early Childhood
- Multicultural Education
- School Finance
- Special Needs
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.
Answers to Your Questions About Relinquishment and Adoption,prepared by the Colorado Judicial Branch, fold-out brochure, 2002, current edition available online.
Call Number: SC1.2/R27/2002
Change a Life Forever, resources on how to become an Adoptive or Foster parent from the Colorado Department of Human Services.
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 Departmen 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 online.
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)
areer Services, 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.
Colorado Reality Check, by the Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium Youth Council, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Map your future with this career assessment calculator. This site demonstrates the connection between real-world expenses and education, employment and income.
Colorado School to Career Resources, Colorado Department of Education. Resources for educators, employers and students for use in school to career initiatives.
Student Information on Health Care Careers, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Information on high school planning, college preparation, career exploration, internship and research opportunities, and nursing.
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
Colorado Charter School Listings, from the Colorado Department of Education. A searchable database with charter school contact information.
Colorado Charter Schools Special Education Guidebook; by Stephanie Lynch for the Colorado Department of Education, 65 pages, 2008, available online.
State of Charter Schools in Colorado, from the Colorado Department of Education. Also available online.
Call number: ED2.66/2008
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 available online.
Call Number: ED15/50.2/AB9/2006
Child Abuse Prevention, Colorado Best Practices Prevention Services Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Report Abuse or Neglect, Colorado Department of Human Services.
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. Available online.
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. Available online.
Call number: GO41/5.2/AC8/2010/INTERNET
KidsCount in Colorado!,by the Colorado Children's Campaign, annual report and state profile, also available online
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.
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. Available online.
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 Childhood Resources from the Colorado Legislative Council.
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 Rights of Homeless Children, by the Colorado Department of Education, fold-out brochure, 2001, also available online
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, available online
No Child Left Behind State Report Card, by the Colorado Department of Education, unpaged, current year also available online
Call Number: ED2.68/current year
SchoolView - Learning Center, from the Colorado Department of Education. Resources related to Colorado's Statewide System of Accountability and Support
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
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 online
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.
Medication Administration Program website, by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Information on QMAP training, along with current regulations and training materials.
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 online.
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. Available online.
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 online.
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.
Equity Toolkit for Administrators, by the Colorado Department of Education, 2010, 65 pages. Available online.
Call number: ED2.2/EQ5/2010/INTERNET
Immigrant Integration: educator resource guide, by the Colorado Department of Education, 48 pages, 2007. Also available online.
Call Number: ED2.2/IM4/2007
Language, Culture and Equity Unit Publications and Resources, Colorado Department of Education.
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 online
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 on the Internet.
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, also available online
Call Number: SC10.2/P21/2002
Parenting Matters, Colorado family education resources and training from the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health and Colorado State University.
A Parent's Guide to Visitation: How to Establish and Enforce Parenting Time, by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Enforcement, 2008, 32 pages. Available online.
When Is It Legal To Leave Children Alone? by the Colorado Department of Health and Human Services.
Children's Literacy Information, from the Colorado State Library,
Colorado Reads 2013: The Early Literacy Initiative, Colorado Office of the Lieutenant Governor, 2012. Available online:
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, available online,
Reading Tips for Parents, by the Colorado State Library, fold-out brochure, 2010, also available in Spanish and online.
Call Number: ED3.2/R22/2010
State Standards - Reading, Writing and Communicating from the Colorado Department of Education
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 online.
Call Number: LAW1.2/B83/2000
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. Available online.
Call Number: LAW1.8/V81/2009
Gangs and Youth Violence, by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2008, 2 pages. Available online.
Call number: UCB6/109.15/FS001/2008/INTERNET
Quick Guide to Safe Schools and Youth Violence, by the Colorado State Publications Library, available online
The Report of Governor Bill Owens' Columbine Review Commission, by the Governor's Columbine Review Commission, 174 pages, 2001. Also available online.
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 Information,by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, Sex Offender Management Board, 19 pages, 2003. Also available online.
Call Number: PS7/2.2/SC6/2003
Cooperative Planning Handbook for Youth with Developmental Disabilities, by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Human Services, 14 pages, December 2004. Also available online.
Call Number: ED14/40.2/D49/2004
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. Available online.
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.
Start Here: A Resource Guide: An Overview of Services Available Through the Developmental Disabilities System in Colorado, by the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council; Colorado Association of Community Centered Boards; Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; Colorado Department of Human Services, 32 pages, 2003, also available in Spanish and online.
Call Number: HU2/1.2/H42/2003 (English) and HU2/1.2/AQ5/2003 (Spanish)
Twice-exceptional Students: Gifted Students with Disabilities: An Introductory Resource Book, by the Colorado Department of Education, 83 pages, 2005, also available online.
Call Number: ED14/40.2/T92/2005
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
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Denver, CO 80203
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