Clayton Early Learning is One of DDHS First Mini-Grant Recipients

Nationwide, April is Child Abuse & Prevention Month and to support Denver's community of child abuse prevention advocates, Denver Department of Human Services has recently selected a limited few groups to receive their First Annual mini-grant award.  Clayton Early Learning's Early Intervention Specialist, Jenny Smith, applied for and has accepted the mini-grant award on Clayton's behalf. With the intention of maximizing the potential reach of the award's funds, Jenny has developed plans to offer a free workshop that will be available for approximately 100 parents and caregivers in Denver called, 'Why Children Do What They Do.'

This workshop will be hosted by a certified Conscious Discipline trainer and is intended to provide guidance for families about how stages throughout a child's development will impact children's behavior and can allso affect a child's response to environmental stimuli.  Ms. Smith explains that this workshop is valuable for all parents because "Many families are unaware of the incredible development that is rapidly occurring in young children's brains and bodies throughout the first five years of life.  As children reach certain milestones and are approaching others, we see a variety of challenging behaviors that can result from a child's struggle to make sense of all that's happening in their world.  Unfortunately, child abuse often occurs when a parent or caregiver reaches a breaking point of frustration--over what are typical, but very challenging behaviors.  If we can provide basic child development guidance and support parents in understanding why their children may be demonstrating these difficult behaviors, we can give parents the strategies and tools that they need to reduce parenting stress and prevent child abuse."  The workshop is scheduled to occur on Thursday, April 23rd at Clayton's Educare Denver campus. 

To celebrate the recipients of the mini-grants and to promote awareness of this critical social issue, Denver Department of Human Services will host a Child Abuse Prevention Month Kick-Off event on Thursday, April 2nd.  All are welcome to convene at 10AM on the steps of Denver's City & County Building, where Mayor Michael B. Hancock will speak in support of Denver's unified effort to prevent child abuse and neglect. 

Clayton Early Learning promotes parenting education and child abuse prevention through a variety of additional services and partnerships throughout Denver.  To learn more about how Clayton services support child abuse prevention or for more information about the workshop, 'Why Kids Do What They Do,' please contact Jenny Smith at jsmith2 @