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Office of Children's Affairs

Working together to deliver a city where all children, youth and their families have the opportunity to succeed.

About Us
The Office of Children's Affairs
was established in 1995 to ensure Denver’s children and youth have their basic needs met, are ready for kindergarten and are prepared for academic and professional success.

Our Role
The Office of Children’s Affairs convenes policy makers, advocates and community partners to leverage resources that work to improve outcomes for all Denver children and youth.

Our Vision: To deliver a city where all children, youth and their families have the opportunity to succeed.

Our Mission and Values

  • We put children first and support the whole child
  • We are inclusive and represent all children and their families in Denver 
  • We listen and learn from the communities we serve
  • We don't make assumptions about who we serve
  • While all children have similar needs, we help fill gaps so each child has what he really needs

Erin Brown
Executive Director
720-913-0900 | email me

Dionne Williams
Deputy Director
720-913-0885 | email me

Antonio Parés
Education Policy Director
720-913-0892 | email me

Avilene Rodriguez
School Readiness Director
720-913-0913 | email me

Alicia Boyd
Director of Community Partnerships
720-913-0910 | email me

Susan M. Gallo, Ph.D.
Director of Health Initiatives
720-913-0907 | email me

Joey Pace
Youth Success Director
720-913-0918 | email me

Lisa Piscopo, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Analysis
720-913-0903 | email me

Maxine Quintana
Director of OST Initiatives
720-913-0905 | email me

Mikhail Vafeades
Executive Assistant
720-913-0904 | email me




 Al Martinez Al Martinez, Ph.D.
Head Start Executive Director

 Adella Arrendondo Adella Arredondo
Head Start Family Services Director
 Chris Auer Chris Auer
Head Start Disabilities Director

Liane Martinez
Head Start School Readiness Director


Ashanté Butcher
Head Start Health Services Director


  Caridad Nevarez
Head Start Administrative Assistant III

Access opportunities to prepare your children to SUCCEED 
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The Status Book provides data to help policy makers and community partners better understand the challenges faced by children and youth across the city.  


Contact Information

Office of Children's Affairs
201 W. Colfax Avenue, Dept 1101
Denver, CO 80202
720-913-0900 (office)
720-913-0928 (fax)
email us

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