Human Services

Parent Possible

  • Denver, CO
  • www.parentpossible.org

Mission Statement

Parent Possible's mission is to equip parents of young children with the tools and information to be their child's most valuable teacher, trainer, and mentor in life.

Main Programs

  1. Colorado HIPPY
  2. Colorado Parents as Teachers
  3. Vroom in Colorado
Service Areas

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Colorado

State of Colorado

ruling year

1991

Executive Director since 2015

Self-reported

Ms. Heather Tritten

Keywords

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HIPPY, PAT, Parents as Teachers, CPCF, home visit, Vroom, Parenting, School Readiness

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Also Known As

Colorado Parent & Child Foundation

EIN

84-1169805

 Number

4396078010

Physical Address

800 Grant St., Ste. 200 Denver, CO 80203

Denver, CO 80203

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Services (P40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We fulfill our mission by providing access and support to our statewide network of program partners, thereby increasing the quality and availability of parent preparedness programs and resources. We ensure program efficacy and impact through training, technology and oversight, thereby maintaining the integrity and intent of the programs we offer and we advocate and collaborate in the promotion of parent engagement as a primary means of family well-being and self-sufficiency.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Colorado HIPPY

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is an evidence-based parent involvement, school readiness program that helps parents prepare their three, four, and five year old children for success in school and beyond. The program empowers parents as the primary educators of their children in the home and fosters parent involvement in school and community life to maximize the chances of successful early school experiences. HIPPY is a peer-delivered model wherein trained home visitors provide weekly home visits, working one-on-one with parents of preschool aged children (age 3, 4, and 5). The Age 5 curriculum follows the child through the kindergarten year, thus reinforcing learning through a very intentional home-school connection. In addition to weekly home visits, the program provides monthly group meetings.  Last year, HIPPY reached 898 children and their families through 6 programs in 8 counties, including: Adams, Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Denver, Jefferson, Rio Grande, and Saguache.  HIPPY families received 19,701 home visits, and home visitors spent 24,626 hours mentoring parents. The program offer 112 group meetings for families, distributed over 9,139 books, and ensured that 100% of HIPPY children had up-to-date immunizations.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

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Program 2

Colorado Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an evidence-based parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten. The program increases parent knowledge of early childhood development and improves parenting practices; provides early detection of developmental delays and health issues; prevents child abuse and neglect; and increases children’s school readiness and school success. The PAT model includes 4 components: personal visits during which certified parent educators share age-appropriate child development information with parents and engage the family in activities that provide meaningful parent/child interaction; monthly group meetings designed to relay important information about child development and offer parents opportunities to interact and support one another; health and developmental screening; and a resource network to connect families with resources that meet their specific needs. Currently, PAT reaches 2,689 children and their families through 34 programs in 35 counties, including: Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Bent, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Delta, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gunnison, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Ouray, Park, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, San Miguel, Summit, Teller and Weld. PAT families generally  receive monthly home visits, though higher risk families receive visits every two weeks. Last year, the programs offered over 1,500 group meetings for families, 1,708 children received health and developmental screenings. Of those screened, 12% were identified with possible health and developmental problems and were referred for follow-up services, and  90% of PAT two-year olds had up-to-date immunizations.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

Program 3

Vroom in Colorado

New science tells us that our children’s first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning . Every time we connect with them, it’s not just their eyes that light up – it’s their brains too . In these moments, half a million neurons fire at once, taking in the things we say and do. Inspired by this compelling research, the Bezos Family Foundation worked with families, scientists, community leaders, and product makers to create Vroom.Vroom supports parents throughout their daily journey with affirming, reinforcing messages and tips. Each Vroom tip is designed to promote language development and executive function skills, and inspire “serve and return” interactions between children and the adults in their lives. Each tip is supported by a “brainy background” providing the user with the scientific “why” behind each activity. Among the many Vroom resources is a free mobile app with more than 1,000 tips.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Parent Possible's 3-5 Year Strategic Goal is to take full advantage of its unique positioning and become a recognized leader, advocate, convener, supporter and expert in parent empowerment to better ensure that all Colorado families in need can be connected with available services. Currently, the organization has a strong foundation upon which this future vision is built, including: strong relationships within its current network; access to and/or ownership of valuable data; credibility as a leader in parent empowerment; new capacity within the organization; and strong will across the organization to initiate change.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Objective #1: Leverage data and data-driven decision making to strategically drive growth and showcase expertise.

    Objective #2: Build relationships with key stakeholders and increase visibility of CPCF – its work, knowledge and impacts – beyond the home visiting provider network.

    Objective #3: Drive the growth of pathways and new resources for parents to better ensure access to parent empowerment programs.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Colorado

State of Colorado

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Financials

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Colorado Parent and Child Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Heather Tritten

BIO

Heather Tritten joined CPCF as the Executive Director in January of 2015. Heather is responsible for providing overall leadership of the organization and its programs, ensuring consistent achievement of the organization's mission, implementation of its policies, goals and objectives, and management of its programmatic, financial, and administrative position. Prior to CPCF Heather served as the Vice President of Quality Programs at Qualistar Colorado where she was responsible for the quality improvement and assessment efforts of the organization. Heather came to Qualistar Colorado from the Office of Lt. Governor Joe Garcia where she served as Head Start State Collaboration Director and worked to build early childhood systems that align with Head Start efforts. Heather authored Governor Hickenlooper's early literacy plan, Colorado Reads: the Early Literacy Initiative, provided leadership in the development of Colorado's Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge proposal, and coordinated efforts around improving early childhood program quality and increasing professional development opportunities. Before moving to Colorado, Heather was the Executive Director of Community Action Partnership of Utah where she focused on finding long-term solutions to the problems of poverty. Heather completed a Buell Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship this past year. She holds a B.S. in Sociology from Grand Valley State University and is an M.A. in Administration, Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Colorado Denver.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Tara Rojas

Colorado State Bank and Trust

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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