DPS, City Launch Birth to Eight Roadmap

Oct. 17, 2016

On Thursday, Oct. 13, Denver Public Schools (DPS) launched the Birth to Eight Roadmap partnership at Munroe Elementary alongside the City of Denver and community partners.

DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg and Lisa Roy, the newly hired executive director of early education, joined Erin Brown, the executive director of the City of Denver’s Office of Children’s Affairs, to speak about the importance of preparing children at an early age to reach their developmental potential, and to succeed in school and in life.

The Birth to Eight Roadmap partnership is committed to ensuring Denver children are prepared to enter school ready to learn and thrive. These partners are focused on leveraging and aligning current programs, and, when necessary, developing and implementing new programs to support children’s health and social-emotional needs. Another aspect of the plan is to provide a variety of resources and supports to help families be the best possible teachers to help their children develop their language and literacy skills.

“Everywhere you look in the city, there are partners with Denver Public Schools, focused on our youngest learners,” said Happy Haynes, DPS board member and Birth to Eight Roadmap co-chair. “The commitment we have made through the Birth to Eight Roadmap is not just as a district but as a complete city. We will make sure our youngest learners are so prepared – from the moment they are born to the day they head to higher education – that they will achieve their full potential.”

The goal of these community partnerships is to support and empower families living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, so that young children in these neighborhoods reach their developmental potential and succeed.

“I want to thank the three co-chairs for the roadmap: Erin Brown, Happy Haynes and Barbara O’Brien,” said Roy, Ed.D. “Without the supports I received as a parent, I would not be Dr. Roy. I look forward to working in the community with all of our partners to create opportunities for all families.”

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