Much of the systems change work we support is undertaken in collaboration with our grantees and other funders. We prioritize strategic alliances that leverage the resources of many and help each of us achieve more than we could ever accomplish alone.
COLORADO INITIATIVE TO REDUCE UNINTENDED PREGNANCY
Expanding women’s access to the most effective birth control methods
With funding provided by the Susan T. Buffett Foundation, this initiative expanded the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Family Planning Program. The program dramatically reduced unintended pregnancies in the state by expanding women’s access to the most effective birth control methods. Chambers Fund joined together with a funders collaborative to support the retention of this national model. This funding allowed time for the state legislature to reconsider a long-term funding solution for family planning services, which it approved in 2016.
EARLY CHILDHOOD COLORADO FRAMEWORK
Creating and advancing a shared vision for early childhood in Colorado
The Early Childhood Colorado Framework united the early childhood community around a set of common goals and objectives across early learning and development, health and well-being and family support and education. Created in 2008, this rich resource has also played a critical role in helping the state to secure multiple large federal grants that support an array of expansions and improvements. In 2015, Chambers Fund joined other early childhood stakeholders to fund and steer the update of the Framework.
Boosting the ability of parents and caregivers to strengthen early brain development
Working together with Vroom creator Bezos Family Foundation and local funders, Chambers Fund brought this innovative, science-based early childhood brain development approach to Colorado. Increasing understanding of the importance of early brain development and providing fun, easy-to-use and effective brain-building tools is valuable to all parents and caregivers, and may most significantly impact Colorado families that live in poverty. Vroom is now a program of Parent Possible and is focused on engaging trusted organizations to make parents aware of Vroom and help them use it in their everyday lives.