Strengthening Families for Early Childhood Success

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90% of brain development takes place before the age of five, yet significant public investment in child development doesn’t begin until children reach kindergarten. Meanwhile, study after study shows that promoting healthy cognitive, socio-emotional and physical development for our children are among the most effective ways to build our economy, reduce deficits, create safe communities and secure a creative, productive workforce for the next generation.

Foothills United Way is driving results through collaborative action in Boulder and Broomfield counties with an emphasis on strengthening families for early childhood success. Our goal is to address community challenges with innovative solutions that prevent problems from spiraling out of control and becoming more costly. We’re investing in collaborative solutions where expert organizations, local nonprofits, government organizations/agencies, faith communities and businesses link assets to make measurable progress. 

GoalsEnsure parents and families have the tools they need to make sure that children are receiving support and love they need to be on their way to success by age eight.

Our Strategy: Connect organizations with each other to form high impact collaborative groups dedicated to Strengthening Families for Early Childhood Success. Connecting organizations with each other to form collaborative groups to help solve some of the most pressing issues related to Strengthening Families for Early Childhood Success.



Foothills United Way recently announced its new LIVE UNITED® Collaboratives, a group of local organizations who have met the standards of our Framework for our High Impact Community Initatives and are pursing goals in the priority area of Strengthening Families for Early Childhood Success. These collaborative groups include, Boulder County ABCD Partnership, BVSD Arapahoe Ridge School-based Heath Center Collaborative, Dream Big Initiative, DV/CPS Collaboration & Consultation Team, No Student Hungry Partnership, SMILES Virtual Dental Home Collaborative, The Early Childhood Council of Boulder County, Truancy Improvement Project (TIP) and Westlake Middle School Collaborative. These partnerships are examples of the innovative solutions that Foothills United Way brings to build a stronger community. 



“The kids at Eagle Place received over 100 books from a recent book drive. Foothills United Way has helped us qualify kids for their Imagination Library and they connected us with the Lafayette Library to bring their Summer Reading Program here.” ~Bob, Developer, Eagle Place Community

Foothills United Way was the driver in Boulder County this spring for "Colorado Reads Book Drive", a collaborative effort with Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) and Office of Lt. Governor Lynne to benefit kids from birth through age 18 who otherwise would not have had reasonable access to books. We are proud to say that the book drive collected a record 10,500 books that were put into kids hands so they continued to read while out of school to avoid the "summer slide."  Read more about the Colorado Reads Book Drive >>


INNOVATION                                               COLLABORATION                                            PREVENTION