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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

Together, we will ...

Optimize research and data to enhance programming and seek effective solutions.
Collaborate with purpose, integrity and accountability.
ctively support an innovative workplace, utilizing our individual and collective strengths.

We are the Office of Children's Affairs (OCA)

Erin Brown
Executive Director
720-913-0892 | email me


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


Adella Arredondo
Head Start
Family Services Director
720-913-0882 | email me


Christopher Auer, MA, PMP
Head Start
Disabilities & Mental Health Director
720-913-0894 | email me


Alicia Boyd
Five by Five
Program Director
720-913-0910 | email me


Tracy Breckenridge
Communications Director
720-913-0912 | email me


Ashanté Butcher, MPH
Head Start
Health Services Director
720-913-0895 | email me


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


Andrea Garcia
Afterschool & Health Initiatives
720-913-0887 | email me


Al Martinez, Ph.D.
Head Start
Executive Director
720-913-0888 | email me


Liane Martinez
Head Start
School Readiness Director
720-913-0884 | email me


Caridad Nevarez
Head Start
Office Manager
720-913-0883 | email me


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


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


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


Maxine Quintana
Afterschool Initiatives Director
720-913-0905 | email me


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

Kristina Saccone
Denver Afterschool Alliance
Fund Relations Consultant
303-861-4724 | email me
  Michael Simmons
My Brother's Keeper
Program Coordinator
720-913-0917 | email me
  Mikhail Vafeades
Executive Assistant
720-913-0904 | email me


Access opportunities to prepare your children to SUCCEED 
academically and professionally.


This is an image link that will open the 2016 Status Book that provides research and analysis on factors that impact the outcomes for Denver youth in various neighborhoods across the city.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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