Invest in Kids

Invest in Kids' (IIK) mission is to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable young children and families throughout Colorado. Working in partnership with local communities, we identify, introduce, implement, and ensure the success of research-based, proven programs.

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The Incredible Years

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Children from a low-income background are at significantly increased risk for social, emotional, and mental health problems. Without early intervention, conduct problems predict the onset of depression, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, and other major problems. The Incredible Years addresses early onset behavioral problems, reducing children's aggression and increasing social competence at home and at school. For teachers and children: "Dinosaur School" targets problems that trouble kids the most. With the help of special puppet friends, entire classrooms of kids gather twice a week to talk about - and play out - how to get along with others, solve problems, control anger and express feelings. Teachers attend training workshops where they have the opportunity to discuss strategies for developing positive relationships with children by offering them the personal attention they need. For parents: at facilitated, weekly discussion groups, adults learn strategies to increase nurturing parenting skills and decrease their children's oppositional behaviors.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In a series of studies involving low-income parents and their children, The Incredible Years programs produced
the following remarkable results:
• 91% of the children showed significant reductions in conduct problems
• 73% of the children showed significant reductions in negative behaviors at home
• 69% of the children showing poor social skills at school-year beginning demonstrated normal skills at year's end
• 80% of children continued to show improved conduct a year after program end

Nurse-Family Partnership

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Females
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based, nurse home visitation program that improves the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time parents and their children. The program entails nurses doing home visits on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, starting early in pregnancy and continuing until the children's second birthdays. The program produces improved pregnancy outcomes, better child health and development and more economic self-sufficiency for the families who participate.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Outcomes:
21% decrease in smoking in pregnancy
29% decrease in alcohol use in pregnancy
48% decrease in experience of domestic violence during pregnancy
91% of clients initiate breast feeding
90% of 2 year olds are fully immunized (compare to state average from CHF report card 71%)
70% of clients do not have a subsequent pregnancy at child age 2
61% of clients who are 17 years old or younger are working at child age 2
73% of clients who are 18 years old or older are working at child age 2

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