Contact: Jessie Smiley, Media Relations, Jessie_Smiley@dpsk12.org
Free literacy supports, financial coaching and workforce training available to families in Far Northeast Denver
Denver – The newest Mile High United Way Center for Family Opportunity, operated by Denver Public Schools (DPS) at McGlone Academy’s campus, is ready to serve members of the Montbello community. In partnership with the City of Denver’s Office of Economic Development, the Center for Family Opportunity (CFO) will provide free English-language and GED classes, as well as help with tax preparation, financial coaching, legal assistance, utility assistance, veteran services, free childcare for participants and more to all community members regardless of age or whether they have a child in a DPS school.
“Our vision for the CFO was driven by our love and commitment to the Montbello neighborhood, Montbello kids and Montbello families,” said McGlone Academy principal Sara Gips Goodall. “This center is allowing us to empower our parents so they can continue to be the role models for their children as lifelong learners.”
On Thursday afternoon, a grand opening ceremony was held for the CFO with remarks from Board of Education member Rachele Espiritu, Superintendent Tom Boasberg, chief of Family and Community Engagement Tameka Brigham and McGlone Academy principal Sara Gips Goodall. The open house also featured face painting, music, family literacy activities and group tours of the new community resource.
“The CFO is our chance to connect with and support our community. Parents are our most important partners in the success of our children,” said Superintendent Boasberg. “When we support whole families, we support whole children and we support whole communities.”
The CFO at McGlone is the second center to open within the district, following the success of the first location at College View Elementary in Southwest Denver, which has enrolled over 1,200 participants since it opened in 2014. The innovative model helps DPS work toward many of the goals in its strategic plan, the Denver Plan 2020. The new center in Far Northeast Denver will also have a long-term, lasting impact on the far northeast community by giving families the tools to build a solid foundation for success through early learning and literacy supports.