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The Strong Start Study


This local project targets pregnant women in substance abuse treatment and their babies in Denver. The study connects early with these women to help create systems of support from their families, friends and community through a High Fidelity Wraparound intervention. The focus will be increasing protective factors within the families to promote optimal child development. Other local partners include Early Intervention Colorado of the Division of Developmental Disabilities, and Women’s Treatment for Substance Use Disorders of the Division of Behavioral Health, both within the Colorado Department of Human Services.

This grant is one of four projects selected by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) to implement new models and evaluate their effectiveness. This research is part of the National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood, a five-year project launched in late 2008 to develop and disseminate new knowledge about programs and strategies that prevent child maltreatment and optimal development of infants and children younger than five. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau awarded $10 million to CSSP to develop the Center with its partners ZERO to THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families; and the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds. CSSP is a public policy, research and technical assistance organization. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CSSP works with state and federal policymakers and with communities across the country. 

Funding Source:
This project is funded by The Center for the Study of Social Policy, Award #AWD101914, 2010-2014.

Contact Person:
M. Kay Teel, PhD, LCSW
University of Colorado School of Medicine | JFK Partners
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry 
303-724-9124
kay.teel@ucdenver.edu