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CDE Student Wellness Grant

In 2008, the State legislature passed HB 1224, providing state money from Amendment 23 to be used for Student Wellness Programs to address Childhood Obesity and Wellness Policies

The Student Wellness Grant exists to implement student wellness programs that support the implementation of whole school, whole community, whole child approaches to:

  • Increase coordination of policies, practices, and programs to support the physical, mental, emotional and social needs of students and reduce barriers to learning.
  • Build district infrastructure and sustainability to support a WSCC approach.
  • Improve local wellness (USDA) or supporting health and wellness policies aligned with best practices.
  • Increase implementation of district wellness policies and best practices to support healthy eating, physical activity, and health education.
  • Connect school health and wellness efforts to comprehensive health education standards and skills.

The program uses the Coordinated School Health model (Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child)  to address these priorities through:

  • Health Education
  • Physical Education and Physical Activity
  • Nutrition Environment and Services
  • Health Services
  • Counseling Psychological and Social Services
  • Social Emotional Climate
  • Physical Environment
  • Family Engagement 
  • Community Involvement

Health and Wellness Fact Sheets

News and Announcements

New Funding Opportunity Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Program.

Colorado Revised Statute § 25-44-101 et seq. authorizes the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to administer the Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education (CHSE) grant program. The purpose of these funds is to support schools and school districts to implement comprehensive human sexuality education content that is medically accurate, culturally sensitive, inclusive of a positive youth development approach, and aligned with content requirements. This will be a three-year grant period beginning July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2026. The CHSE program anticipates funding approximately 9-18 schools/districts.

Applicants are encouraged to request whatever amount of funding they feel is required in order to implement quality comprehensive human sexuality education in their school or district. Suggested ranges are below, but amounts can vary depending on individual projects.

Applications Due December 2, 2022 by 5 p.m. MST

For More Information and How to Apply

Learning Opportunities

Colorado Health Schools Collaborative Meetings

Colorado Healthy Schools Collaborative Meetings include networking, updates, and learning opportunities for those interested in Healthy Schools.  Everyone is welcome to attend these quarterly meetings! For more information, contact Michelle Malvey

Next Meeting (Virtual):  December 7, 2022 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Register for Meeting

Distinguished Speakers Series - Spring

The Colorado Department of Education is proud to present the 3rd Annual Distinguished Speakers Series – and bring you some of the nation’s leading education voices who will address the state’s most critical and important issues – all in the comfort of your own classroom, office, or living room. You will find session presenters, times, and descriptions below. You do not have to attend all of the sessions.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 (3:30-4:30 PM MST)

Ken Williams, Ruthless Equity!

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 (3:30-4:30 PM MST)

Kareem Neal, Leigh Ann Erikson, and Jennifer Braverman, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: What Matters Most & What Matters NOW!

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 (3:30-4:30 PM MST)

Mike Mattos, Taking Action: How to Systematically Close Learning Gaps and Ensure High Levels of Learning for All Students 

Click here to register

COMTSS Online Academy and Trainings

Learn More about the Online Academy and Trainings

Current Student Wellness Grantees

  • Cherry Creek 5
  • Charter School Institute - New America School
  • Charter School Institute - Steamboat Montessori
  • Douglas County RE-1 - Renaissance Secondary School
  • Eagle County RE 50

  • Greeley 6
  • Harrison 2
  • Harrison 2 - Atlas Preparatory School
  • Hayden R-1
  • Mountain Valley RE-1

  • Salida R-32
  • Sheridan 2
  • Swink 33
  • Trinidad 1

Resources for Grantees

The Hub 

The Hub, powered by the Colorado Education Initiative, connects PK-12 educators with each other, families, and community partners to increase student success. 

RMC Health Skills Models 

Skill guides for the seven key health skills aligned with the National Health Education Standards. 

Other resources:

Grantee Success Stories

Previously Funded Districts

  • Archuleta School District
  • Center Consolidated Schools
  • CSI - New America School
  • Harrison School District #2
  • Hayden School District
  • Lake County School District 
  • Poudre School District

  • Silverton School District
  • Weld County School District 6
  • El Paso County School District 49
  • Englewood Schools 
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • St. Vrain Valley School District
  • STRIVE Preparatory Schools


Liz Schroeder

Health Education Senior Grants Consultant
Email Liz