About the Conference

The Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference was started in 2014, takes place every two years, and is a joint collaboration across the family support continuum, from prevention and public health through restoration and child welfare. 

We are always excited to have such a diverse and multi-disciplinary group of professionals from all over the state join us. It is our sincerest hope that through active participation in workshop sessions, networking, and robust discussion that each conference participant will grow in their knowledge of effective child abuse prevention strategies and protective factors that strengthen families.

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The Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference is brought to you in partnership by the Colorado Department of Early Childhood, the Colorado Department of Human Services, and Illuminate Colorado.

About the 2024 Conference

The 2024 conference will be held September 4-6, 2024 in Keystone, Colorado, and this year, our conference’s guiding theme is Connect. Empower. Thrive.

When working to strengthen families and communities, the power of collaboration and networking cannot be overstated. The connect aspect of our conference theme emphasizes the importance of forging meaningful connections with like-minded professionals, experts, and thought leaders. The conference will provide opportunities to build relationships that will last and have a meaningful impact on the work you do.

The conference is designed to empower you with knowledge, skills, and insights that will stimulate professional and personal growth. We will have thought-provoking keynotes and interesting workshop sessions to equip you with the confidence needed to continue in the work of strengthening Colorado families and communities.

The thrive element of our theme is a call to action – an invitation to explore new ways of thinking, embrace challenges, and find ways to enhance the great work you are already doing. Through dynamic discussions and practical takeaways, we aspire to provide you with the inspiration and strategies necessary to not only survive but to thrive in your endeavors.

Featured Talks & Presenters

We are always excited to bring you a great line-up of presenters and topics! In 2022, we had breakout sessions in the following areas: Getting to Equitable and Anti-Racist PracticeElevating Family and Youth VoiceSupporting Workforce CareCollecting and Leveraging DataHighlighting the Importance of Male InvolvementWorking Together to Maximize ResourcesInnovation Space, and Policy. 

In 2024, we will be welcoming three incredible keynote speakers—including Dr. Donna Beegle and Sesame Workshopwho will give engaging and inspiring presentations to challenge and encourage conference attendees.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know you have questions, and we have answers for you! If you have questions that aren't answered below, use the contact form at the bottom of this page and we'll get back to you shortly!

Is there a charge for the conference?

The registration cost for the conference is $50. You will need to secure your own transportation and hotel arrangements.

I'm presenting at the conference. How do I get my registration cost waived?

If you are presenting at the conference, please contact jvonarb@illuminatecolorado.org so we can provide you with the correct registration steps for presenters.

Where will the conference take place?

The conference will be held at the Pueblo Convention Center (320 Central Main St, Pueblo, CO 81003). 

Do I need to book my hotel room?

Yes, you will need to book your hotel room. You can find information about group blocks for the conference and call to make your reservation here.

When should I book my hotel room?

Many of the hotels offering group rates for conference attendees will close these room blocks two weeks before the conference, so we recommend booking your hotel room early. 

My organization is tax-exempt. How do I get the tax removed from my hotel room?

Please reach out to the hotel you are intending to book and ask for their tax-exempt process. Each hotel has a slightly different process.

Can I book an Airbnb instead?

State and federal funds cannot be used to book an Airbnb. If you are planning to use state or federal funds to pay the cost of your lodging while at the conference, you will need to book a hotel room.

My hotel is not within walking distance. Is there parking at the convention center?

Yes, there is ample parking at no charge for conference attendees at the convention center.

If the conference has to take place virtually, will my registration be refunded?

Yes! As the conference approaches, conference planners will review local, state and federal guidance related to COVID-19 and take appropriate safety precautions to protect the health and safety of conference attendees. If the conference has to take place virtually, the $50 registration cost will be refunded.

What meals will be provided at the conference?

The following meals will be provided:

    • Monday, September 19: Lunch
    • Tuesday, September 20: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Wednesday, September 21: Breakfast, Lunch

When you register, you will be able to indicate whether you need vegetarian meals, vegan meals, or have a food allergy so that we can accommodate dietary restrictions.

What is the schedule for each day?

  • Monday, September 19: Sessions will begin in the mid-morning, around 10am, and will finish around 4pm. Lunch will be provided.
  • Tuesday, September 20: Sessions will begin in the morning, around 9am, and will finish around 4pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
  • Wednesday, September 21: Sessions will begin in the morning, around 9am, and will finish in the early afternoon. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Where do I see the schedule of breakout sessions?

The schedule of breakout sessions is available here.

Do I get a certificate for attending the conference? 

You will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the conference. 

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