Cooking Matters Colorado

Since 1994, Cooking Matters Colorado has reached over 100,000 families with our nationally-recognized food skills and nutrition education program. We partner with community organizations and volunteer culinary and nutrition instructors to offer six-week cooking courses, one-time grocery store tours and early childhood professional development trainings across Colorado. Through Cooking Matters programming, participants learn to shop … Read more >

Denver Preschool Program

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 in 2014. DPP has provided more than $106 million in tuition support to help more than 50,000 Denver children attend the preschool of their family’s choice, establishing … Read more >

Early Childhood Colorado Partnership

Learn more: www.earlychildhoodcoloradopartnership.org We all play a role in building strong systems for Colorado’s children and families. Developing and sustaining a comprehensive early childhood system with children and families at the center is not an easy task, and no one individual, organization or agency can do it alone. But together, our collective efforts can ensure … Read more >

Mile High Early Learning Early Care and Education

Mile High Early Learning provides high quality early care and education with a focus on serving the most vulnerable children and families. Using a Montessori inspired approach, children develop social competency, a habit of concentration, initiative and persistence, pride in the physical environment and a life-long joy of learning – all qualities which engender school … Read more >

Babies Ready for College

Babies Ready for College is an educational program for expectant parents and families, as well as Family, Friend, and Neighbor care providers of children birth to 3 years that provides strategies and skills to caregivers so they can more effectively support children’s healthy growth and development. BRFC is also the umbrella program for its complementary … Read more >

East5ide Unified

East5ide Unified is a community-driven effort to build a thriving network of support systems and a community-wide commitment to leveling the playing field for young children so they can succeed in school and in life.

Building an Early Childhood System

Denver’s Early Childhood Council strives to ensure all children and families in Denver have equitable access to quality early childhood services and supports, and works strategically with community partners to align efforts and create more efficient and culturally responsive services. For example, the Denver Council serves as lead recipient for LAUNCH Together in Denver, a … Read more >

Professional Development/Career Pathways

One of the most critical driving factors for positive early childhood outcomes and school readiness is the presence of early childhood professionals who provide emotionally supportive environments and language-rich interactions for young children. The Council offers a wide range of training and education resources for professionals who care for children. This includes trainings focused on … Read more >

Quality Initiatives

The Council develops and leads Quality Initiatives (QI) in Denver’s early learning sector. These initiatives enhance both the availability and the quality of early childhood care and education in Denver, ultimately improving children’s school readiness and child outcomes by coordinating targeted resources to early care and education providers such as on-site coaching, training, quality learning … Read more >