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Sponsored Initiatives

Mayor Michael B. Hancock's five goals to help ensure all Denver kids have their basic needs met, are prepared for academic and professional success are:

  • Increase the number of children served by early childhood education programs by aligning publicly  funded programs
  • Increase the number of Denver third grade students who can read at grade level
  • Reduce the number of disconnected youth
  • Increase the number of high school students who complete a postsecondary pathway and obtain a job
  • Reduce the number of overweight and obese children

The Children’s Cabinet is Mayor Hancock's initiative to bring together a group of city departments and partner agencies to:

  • Coordinate and align city programs, services, and resources
  • Improve communication between City agencies
  • Develop strategies to best serve Denver's children and youth

The Denver Education Compact is Mayor Hancock's initiative to create a new and binding agreement requiring the City, Denver Public Schools, higher education and community stakeholders to make specific commitments to improve education throughout Denver.  

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The Denver Afterschool Alliance is a diverse collaborative of community stakeholders working together to ensure Denver's youth have access to quality afterschool programs and enrichment opportunities. Learn more . . .

Contact Maxine Quintana, 720.913.0905

MyDenver card

With the MyDenver card, all Denver students ages 5 to 18 who are residents of Denver can enjoy free year-round access to Denver Parks and Recreation centers, swimming pools and public libraries.

Free access is made possible by the 2A Initiative supported by Denver voters in 2012.
Learn more . . .

About Us

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

Learn more about our office, programs, and goals!  

Latest News


Dec 01, 2014

The Mayor' Youth Commission application period for Youth applicants is closed with the exception of youth that live or attend school in the Southwest region of Denver (John F. Kennedy High School, Abraham Lincoln High School, Henry Middle School, Grant Ranch K-8 school, etc. or residents in the areas  Bear Valley, Bowmar, Harvey Park, etc.) AND Adult applications for employees of City Agencies are being accepted. 

Nov 06, 2014

The 2A BOOST (Building Opportunities for Out-of-School Time) RFP is for a one-year grant cycle from January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015.  The maximum amount of funds available is up to $160,000.  Grant requests should not exceed $15,000.  Proposals are due Monday, December 8, 2014, and full copies of the RFP can be downloaded HERE.

Click HERE to view a list of Questions and Answers specific to this RFP.

What's Happening


Nov 17, 2014

Voting for the 2015 Youth One Book One Denver program for youth ages 9-12 begins today.  Click here to cast your vote!

Aug 21, 2014

Join us for a Back 2 School Block Party and Hip-Hop Workshop featuring the ReMINDers! 

Mar 05, 2014

Share information and gather community feedback regarding the 2014 Denver Plan