Beyond the development and testing of the group care program, we are forming a number of new relationships internally at Children’s Hospital Colorado and in the community. Our group care nurse facilitator and our co-facilitators are often asked to participate on panels for continuing education or outreach because of their expertise on topics such as parenting and child abuse prevention strategies because of their experience developing the group care program. The model we have utilized to develop our program from curriculum through training and implementation with a strong evaluation component is also of interest to other programs at the hospital and our staff is often asked to provide information and consultation on this process.
Because one of our primary goals is life-course development (including at a minimum, high school graduation), we have been working with the Aurora Public Schools so that group care participants (including partners) can receive high school credit for attending group care. They have reviewed our curriculum and have agreed to offer our clients 0.5 credits for their participation. We have also been fortunate to receive ongoing support in the form of diapers and baby wipes from the BabiesNow! Foundation. They are a local organization that provides diapers and wipes to non-profit organizations, hospitals, and governmental agencies that assist needy mothers/families and their babies which helps us help our clients with the basic necessities of parenting.