Across our three programs, Invest in Kids serves more than 14,000 children and families each year. We offer an array of evidence-based programs that provide sustainable, long-term impacts for Colorado families - because we know that healthier families lead to healthier communities.
For over 20 years, Nurse-Family Partnership® has supported first-time moms in Colorado to improve birth outcomes, children’s health and development, and the mother’s self-sufficiency. We partner with 22 local public health programs to provide services in all 64 counties. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Invest in Kids facilitated mental health consultation supports for nurses, which in turn provides better services for moms. We also hired an expert in telehealth to provide training for the state’s NFP nurses to translate essential family assessments to telehealth, and provided financial support to over 200 families during the pandemic.
The Incredible Years® is focused on building the social and emotional well-being of young children through positive teacher-student and parent-student interactions in early education settings. During the 2019-2020 program year, we grew our bilingual staff to enhance our existing capacity to train, coach and deliver the program in Spanish. We also facilitated the delivery of 63 Parent Programs to over 750 parents, supporting them with discipline, positive parenting practices, and clear expectation-setting. Additionally, hundreds of teachers received professional development and classroom management training, which they will use throughout their teaching careers.
As the most recent addition to our programs, Child First® enables Invest in Kids to serve both caregiver and child with mental health support and family stabilization services. We are currently working with community partners and funders to support the implementation of this program, working alongside families who have been traumatized and are experiencing chronic stress, with the goal to promote healing for the family. IIK plans to support four sites in the first year, bringing this intensive therapeutic intervention to families across Colorado. The first Colorado families began receiving Child First services in July 2021.
Return on Investment
Nurse-Family Partnership ROI
For every $1 invested in Colorado's Nurse Family Partnership, a projected $7.90 can be saved in future costs for the highest-risk families!
Incredible Years ROI
For every $1 invested in the Incredible Years' Parents Program, there is a $4.10 return on investment.