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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. We work in collaboration with all stakeholders to support the Mayor's 5 goals for children.

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

Goal #1
Increase the number of children who have access to high-quality, early childhood experiences.

Goal #2
Increase the number of third-grade students who can read at grade level.

Goal #3
Decrease the number of disconnected youth, young adults who are not working or in school.

Goal #4
Increase the number of students who have access to and complete a post-secondary pathway and obtain a job.

Goal #5
Increase the percentage of children who are at a healthy weight.

Together, we will ...

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

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

Erin Brown
Executive Director
720-913-0906 | email me

                       

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

 

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

         

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

                   

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

                 

Meredith Bixler
Coach, SEAL Initiative
720-955-6309 | email me

         

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

 

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

 

Miranda Cook, MSW
Manager, SEAL Initiative
720-913-0890 | email me

         

Charles Dukes
Education Policy Director
720-936-0888 | email me

 

Shannon Dyer
Contract Compliance Coordinator
720-913-0878 | email me

 

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

         

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

 

Valerie Gonzales
School Readiness Director
720-913-0913 | email me

 

Andrew Kramer
Coach, SEAL Initiative
720-925-1668 | email me

         

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

 

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

 

Amelia McClain
Marketing/Communications Specialist, DAA
720-545-5604 | email me

         

Lori Medina-Anderson
Health Services Director,
Head Start
720-913-0895 | email me

 

Bonnie Moya
Coach, SEAL Initiative
720-913-0916 | email me

 

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

         

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

 

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

 

Leyla Sarper
Marketing/Communications Coordinator
720-498-3229 | email me

         
Michael Simmons
Program Coordinator, MBK
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.

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Meals or snacks offered at various recreation centers. Learn more.

Locate an Afterschool Program

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Denver Afterschool Alliance works to improve quality. Learn more.

Find a Mentor

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My Brother's Keeper, opportunities for boys of color. Learn more.

 
Enroll in Head Start and Five by Five

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Preschool and health services for qualified families. Learn more.

Get a Free Recreation Membership

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MY Denver Card, recreational and cultural fun. Learn more.

Become a Youth Advocate

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Mayor's Youth Commission gives youth a voice. Learn more.

 
Get Prepared for Kindergarten

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School-Readiness workshops and resources for parents. Learn more.

Celebrate DPS Student Scholars

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Mile High Scholars, modeling leadership and respect. Learn more.

Nominate Youth for an Award

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Mayor's Youth Awards, overcoming adversity. Learn more.

 
 

The Status of Denver's Children: A Community Resource is an annual report that provides data to help policy makers and community partners better understand the challenges faced by children and youth across the city.  

 

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Contact Information

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