Colorado coalition on prenatal, infant and toddler progress seeks members

Written by: Jacy Montoya Price
Date Posted: June 15, 2018

More than 50 advocates for expecting families, pregnant people, infants, and toddlers came together with Clayton Early Learning, Colorado Children’s Campaign, and a diverse steering committee last month to start developing a policy agenda and advocacy plan to ensure that Colorado kids get what they need to thrive in their first years of life. If you were unable to attend this kickoff meeting, you can learn more about what was discussed and the coalition by visiting the Prenatal, Infant, Toddler Coalition Dropbox. We are thrilled to see such a high level of interest in the work of the Coalition and look forward to continuing the momentum by engaging interested parties in the four workgroups established by the Steering Committee.

Please consider joining a workgroup to help establish the priorities and activities of the Prenatal, Infant, Toddler Coalition. Workgroups will meet through the summer months to explore and inform the policy platform and advocacy plan that the coalition will undertake. We’re thankful to the leaders who have stepped up as co-chairs and encourage you to reach out to the co-chairs of the workgroup that appeals most to you:

Engagement: Will identify communities and areas of expertise not well-represented in the current Coalition and lead efforts to gather broader input and perspectives through activities including but not limited to focus groups, panel discussions, site visits, and conversations at standing meetings

  • Jacy Montoya Price (jacy@coloradokids.org)
  • Crystal Munoz (crystal@rootsfamilycenter.org)

Power mapping and research: Will assess which areas of the state and which policy makers have the greatest potential to impact prenatal, infant, toddler policy decisions during the 2019 legislative session and identify and research additional information needed for the Coalition to be successful

  • Lauren Freemire (lfreemire@savechildren.org)
  • Ellen Stern (prospective)

Infant/Toddler Childcare Agenda: Will develop a policy platform to increase availability of high quality, affordable, culturally responsive childcare for infants and toddlers in Colorado

  • Lisa Matter (lisa.matter@state.co.us)
  • Michael Cooke (mcooke@councilforastrongamerica.org)

Partnership: Will identify and explore collaboration with existing groups, efforts and coalitions that are working on issues of interest to the Coalition, including but not limited to screenings and referrals, paid family leave, breastfeeding, maternal and infant mental health, and local initiatives led by communities across Colorado

  • Christina Walker (cwalker@claytonearlylearning.org)
  • Anne Auld (aauld@illuminatecolorado.org)

Stay tuned for an invitation to the next Prenatal, Infant, Toddler Coalition meeting, expected to be held in August 2018. If you have general questions about the Coalition or would like to be added to our list of prospective members, please contact Jacy Montoya Price at 303-620-4547 or jacy@coloradokids.org.

Jacy Montoya Price

About Jacy Montoya Price

Jacy serves as the Community Groups Coordinator for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she plans and implements our annual Speak Up for Kids day at the capitol and manages our social media sites. Jacy previously served as the executive director and co-founder of Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), a sisterhood of Latinas dedicated to building a movement of Latinas, their families, and allies through leadership development, organizing, and advocacy to create opportunity and achieve reproductive justice. Trained as an urban planner, Jacy has also worked in local government, creating policies and programs to foster more sustainable communities that are accessible for all residents. A Colorado native, Jacy lives in northwest Denver with her husband, two children and their two cats.