Invest in Kids (IIK) is dedicated to addressing health and education disparities between children experiencing poverty and their higher socioeconomic peers. We know these disparities are deeply impacted by race and ethnicity.

Over the past several years, Invest in Kids has been reflecting on our role in systemic racism and the inadvertent harm our organization may have caused. We are listening and learning like never before.

Invest in Kids’ commitment to help build a future where we can no longer predict child and family outcomes, such as healthy pregnancies, healthy child development, or school readiness based on socioeconomic status or race, remains at the forefront of our minds. We stand in solidarity with Black, indigenous, and other people of color to fight the systemic systems of racism. We are prepared to do more, and to use our position within the community in support of families in Colorado.

We chose our three programs, in part, because the rigorous research proved their ability to support under-resourced communities and to be culturally competent. It is our goal to ensure IIK is doing everything possible to be an equitable organization whose programs are indeed culturally competent and anti-racist.

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Equity

IIK works for a future in which we can no longer predict child and family outcomes, such as healthy pregnancies, healthy child development, or social-emotional competence and school readiness, based on socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity. IIK is devoted to building practices and systems that create opportunities while eliminating disparities for under-resourced groups and individuals, particularly service and opportunity gaps based on socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity.

Diversity

IIK is committed to acknowledging and valuing the power of unique and varied life experiences that are shaped by all aspects of a person's identity (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, religion, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, and geographic location). We embrace all types of diversity and strive to increase and support the diversity of our staff, board, committees, and volunteers. We know that having diverse perspectives will allow us to grow as an organization, and ultimately better serve families impacted by our programs.

Inclusion

IIK strives to be an organization where all staff, board members, committee members, and people served by our programs feel valued and respected and have opportunities for meaningful contributions. We are dedicated to incorporating and leveraging diverse backgrounds and life experiences into the fabric of our organization and programs.

Equity at Work

Below are some examples of how we are embracing and developing our role as allies in this work:

  • We established a staff Equity Team (including a Board of Directors liaison). This committee guided the completion of an equity-focused policy and practice audit. The intended outcome was to evaluate, improve and in some cases, create new practices and policies that are better-aligned with our values.
  • The board and staff are currently executing on our 2020 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) plan.  It is our commitment to share this ongoing work with you, so that we may take action and remain accountable.
  • IIK’s Nurse-Family Partnership team incorporates equity discussions into each team meeting and is actively involved in community level equity work including serving on the Colorado Maternal Mortality Review Committee.
  • We hired a bilingual, bi-cultural consultant for The Incredible Years® (IY) to improve communication and engagement with a growing number of Spanish-speaking teachers, Parent Program facilitators, students, and parents. The intended outcome is to expand the IY team’s capacity to meet the needs of diverse IY participants and implementers.

We understand that engaging in this work is a long-term, continuous process, and will never be completely finished. We also recognize that we cannot do this work alone; we seek to engage with and learn from both existing and new partners, as well as the many communities that are central to our work.