Boards, Commissions and Committees

Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund Vision: Strong Families, Thriving Communities

Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund Mission: To provide visionary leadership and collaborative support that aligns, advances, and uplifts primary and secondary child maltreatment prevention efforts in Colorado. 

The Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund (COCAP), established in statute in 1989, exists to prevent the abuse and neglect of Colorado’s children. The Fund focuses on efforts to strengthen families before the first occurrence of child maltreatment. The COCAPis governed by a nine-person advisory board of directors with unique backgrounds to support and guide the work supported by the trust fund dollars.

Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund Objectives

  • Enhance communities' capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect by allocating Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund annually for primary and secondary child abuse and neglect prevention programs to community-based organizations with special emphasis on preventing child sexual abuse and substance exposure in newborns.
  • Increase the number of parents/caregivers who are educated to support healthy development in their children.
  • Support public education that increases knowledge and understanding of child abuse and neglect prevention and/or positive parenting skills that ensures the health, safety and well-being of children; provides information on prevention programs; and raises awareness of protective factors in families and communities.
  • Promote the exchange of information on prevention programs.
  • Monitor funded programs and support program evaluation activities.
  • Increase financial resources for the Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund to advance its mission.
  • Ensure sustainability of effective child abuse and neglect prevention programs in local communities.
  • Improve prevention planning, and internal management processes and systems of the Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund.
  • Commit to anti-racism and anti oppression development work while elevating existing funding opportunities among racially, socially, and culturally diverse organizations/organizers in the prevention landscape.

Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund : SFY 2021 Strategic Action Plan (Executive Summary)

The Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund is currently supporting child sexual abuse prevention training, as mandated in statute, through contract with  Illuminate to advance child sexual abuse prevention across the state through training, technical assistance, coalition building, and public awareness. 

Access to Agendas, Meeting Minutes, Board Member List, and more. 

Staff Contact:

Kachi Pray, Family Strengthening Program Assistant
Email: kathleen.pray@state.co.us
Phone number: 720-689-1748

The Colorado Interagency Coordinating Council (CICC) is mandated by federal law and is appointed by the governor to advise and assist the lead agency to implement the requirements of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The CICC is a governor appointed body that meets quarterly. Every meeting has a time for public comment when visitors can address the CICC about any relevant topic or concern. Below is a list of the upcoming Council meetings. All CICC meetings and records are open to the public. 

View CICC meeting notices, agendas and minutes.

The Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) ensures and advances a comprehensive service delivery system for pregnant women and children from birth to eight years of age. The ECLC uses data to improve decision-making, alignment and coordination among federally funded and state-funded services and programs for pregnant women and young children and their families.

Learn more or view ECLC meeting notices, agendas and minutes.

The Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) Family Voice Council is a group of parents and guardians of young children birth through eight from across Colorado. The purpose of the Council is to provide input in the design and delivery of early childhood programs and services that meet the needs of children and families in Colorado. Council members come together virtually every month to learn, provide input, and improve services for children and families. Compensation is available for members. 

If you or someone you know would be interested in serving on the Family Voice Council please have them complete our online form available in Online Form (English) or Online Form (Spanish) or download and share our flyer in Flyer (English) and Flyer (Spanish)

Please reach out to amanda.culbertson@state.co.us with any questions.

The Department of Early Childhood hosts a panel of persons representing various state and local governmental agencies with an interest in and concern for children. It includes representation from child care providers, local early childhood councils or local child care resource and referral agencies, state-level early childhood with early care and education expertise, and parents to review appeal or waiver requests and make recommendations to the Department. The panel meets twice per month.

Learn more about the waiver and appeals process.