Earlier is Easier resources are shared via partners in the Denver-area. If your organization believes in the value of birth to three learning, and is interested in being part of our network, please contact us today.
The Denver Preschool Program makes quality preschool possible for all Denver families with 4-year-old children through a dedicated sales tax first approved by voters in 2006 and renewed and extended in 2014. DPP has provided more than $79 million in tuition support to help more than 41,000 Denver children attend the preschool of their families’ choice, establishing each child’s foundation for lifelong learning and success. All Denver families with a 4-year-old can access DPP's tuition assistance —regardless of income or neighborhood. Tuition assistance is provided on a sliding scale so that families with the least amount of income receive the most monthly credits, which can be applied their program of choice. For more information, and to sign up for tuition support anytime, visit www.dpp.orgor call 303-595-4DPP.
The mission of EPIC is to harness the capital of Colorado's business sector to ensure that all children develop into healthy, educated and productive citizens. EPIC is a coalition of business leaders, nonprofits and foundations who are committed to making early childhood care, education, health and parenting among the highest priorities of Colorado’s public and private investments. EPIC advocates for the investment in early childhood in the workplace and in our communities.
If you or someone who cares about your child has concerns about his or her development, early intervention (EI) services may help. You can request a free evaluation at any time to answer questions about your child’s development, and determine whether your child may benefit from the EI services and supports offered through the EI Colorado program for child birth to three. There are local agencies known as Community Centered Boards (CCBs) throughout Colorado who are here to help you get started. To be connected to the CCB in your county, you can call 1-888-777-4041 or visit eicolorado.org
Invest in Kids brings two proven programs into communities across Colorado: Nurse-Family Partnership and The Incredible Years. Nurse-Family Partnership is a free, voluntary program that partners first-time moms with specially trained nurses who make in-home visits throughout pregnancy and the first two years of the child’s life, offering the knowledge and support needed to confidently create a better life for the entire family. The Incredible Years serves families of preschool and kindergarten children by building social-emotional health in classrooms and at home, contributing to a child’s successful development by promoting positive parent, teacher, and child relationships.
The Junior League of Denver is a women’s training organization that develops civic leaders committed to improving our community. The League is currently working to improve literacy rates in the Denver metro area, for children from birth through third grade. Founded in 1918, the League started many well-known Denver institutions including the Children’s Museum of Denver, the Mile High Transplant Bank and the Red Rocks concerts.
Laradon’s Family, Infant and Toddler (FIT) program provides early intervention services to children birth to 3 who are either born with a developmental disability or are at risk of a developmental delay. Our
team consists of an Occupational Therapist, Bi-lingual Speech / Language pathologist and an Early Intervention Teacher that provide weekly in-home therapy sessions that promote communication, school readiness and literacy. We now have a Family Navigator to help families learn how to access additional resources and to help with transition to preschool.
Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Family Literacy Program is breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty by building the literacy skills of whole families—parents and their children. By emphasizing learning within a family context, the Family Literacy Project enhances the relationships between parents and children and strengthens parents’ roles as supporters of their children’s education.
The Family Support Line provides support and tools to deal with the stresses of parenting. Visit the website or call the statewide toll-free Families First Support Line at 877-695-7996 (English) or 866-527-3264 (Spanish), to receive support for both families and professionals. This is a one-stop resource line to learn about local community resources, parent support groups and parent education classes.
The mission of Focus Points Family Resource Center is to help build better communities by strengthening families. Focus Points’ goals are to provide specialized programming and support that help low-income, primarily Spanish-speaking families become self-sufficient, enjoy an enhanced quality of life, become able to fully participate in their communities and to support their children in gaining the skills they need to be ready for school.
Through the gift of books we can help young children develop of love of learning, inspire their imaginations and prepare them for success in school and beyond! Imagination Library of Denver (ILD), through partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, mails a free book each month to children ages 0-5 in limited ares of Denver. As more funding is secured ILD will expand our service areas. Dolly Parton Imagination Library has mailed 60 million books nationally. Approximately 700,000 children are registered to receive a book each month. The Dollywood Foundation helps fund administrative costs for the program and offers books to replicated programs like ours at a discounted cost.
Providing quality early childhood education for children to prepare them for school—which includes working with parents and families to participate in their child’s educational experience. Inspired by the Montessori approach, MHEL offers comprehensive early childhood development programs across Denver.
Through our best known program, the All-America City Awards, National Civic League is shining a national spotlight on early childhood reading and school readiness. Headquartered in Denver, we are giving people from communities across the country a unique opportunity to share their ideas and programs that illustrate the importance of community involvement and parent engagement in helping children to read. In 2017, the All-America City awards will recognize communities making a difference in the third-grade reading ability of low-income children.
Parent Possible (formerly Colorado Parent & Child Foundation) equips parents with tools and information to be their child's most valuable teacher, trainer, and mentor in life. We promote and oversee delivery of proven parent engagement programs Parents as Teachers (PAT), Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), and Vroom throughout Colorado. We provide access and support, ensure efficacy and impact, and advocate and collaborate with early childhood partners across the state.
Qualistar is the only statewide, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving early care and education across Colorado. We work to elevate the quality of early care and education by improving everyday practice of early childhood professionals and building safe, supportive environments.
Denver's Early Childhood Council serves as the early childhood hub, leveraging resources, opportunities and connections to create a quality system that impacts the lives of children and their families. Every day we work with child care providers, policy makers and other partners to enhance the quality and availability of early learning opportunities for children, because when children and their families – and those who serve them – are supported, our community is strengthened.
Clayton Early Learning provides national leadership to advance the field of early childhood education by researching, implementing and disseminating innovative teaching models. We promote educational equity for young children through family engagement, teacher preparation, and effective early education policy. We directly serve over 600 children in our two schools and impact about 10,000 children statewide through training and coaching. As the need for significant education reform on a national scale becomes ever more urgent, Clayton Early Learning continues to exemplify why a stimulating learning environment during the prenatal–to–5 period is so critical to a child’s later success in school and life.
All children deserve the joy of reading and the skills in life that literacy brings. Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy is passionately committed to sharing early literacy information with parents, caregivers, and the community. Our goal is to help you as you help your children become the strongest readers they can be.
The Colorado State Library supports all types of libraries to provide quality services to all Coloradoans. We have a focus on providing statewide early literacy services, including free brochures for parents and the One Book 4 Colorado program.
Mayors Office of Children's Affairs - The vision of the Office of Children's Affairs is to deliver a world class City where all children, youth, and their families have the opportunity to succeed. The role of the Office of Children's Affairs is to support City agencies, the community and its service providers in achieving three major goals to ensure that: all children have their basic needs met; all children are ready for kindergarten; all children and youth have the opportunity to succeed academically and professionally.
As Denver's public health department, Denver Public Health provides a wide range of services that promote, improve and protect the health and well-being of the residents of Denver, Colorado and beyond. Much of the department's work is done in partnership with community organizations located throughout Denver's diverse communities. We know that families are at their best when parents and children are healthy. Our initiatives promote the health of families by focusing on health, mental health, and the importance of positive relationships between parents and their children.
Denver's alliance with the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) and its statewide Affiliate network follows a mission "to advance and improve the lives of Black children and their families through education and advocacy" with a vision for a society that ensures a successful future for all children. The Denver Affiliate is currently running NBCDI's evidence-based programs (Raising A Reader and Good for Me!Health and Wellness) for ages 3-5 years old in its designated communities.
Bright by Three is a Colorado-based, statewide nonprofit organization that provides parents and other caregivers of children aged 0-3 with the tools needed to promote a child’s readiness for lifelong learning and success. Bright by Three serves more than 40,000 children and families each year across Colorado through a 3-year, phased program designed to empower parents, engage children, and develop social, emotional and cognitive skills needed for school readiness and lifelong learning. Bright by Three’s research-based program is delivered in collaboration with 700 partner agencies across the state. The program is offered through individualized, interactive communication in homes, in groups, and via digital technologies.
At the Children's Museum of Denver we believe in kid-powered learning. Every day, our expertly designed exhibits and programs open doors for Colorado's curious young minds to express what they know and to discover, create and explore more - on their own terms. Since 1973, the Children’s Museum of Denver has served the metro-Denver community as a learning institute dedicated to the education and growth of young children, newborn through age 8, and their caregivers.