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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.
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
720-913-0892 | 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

                 

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

         

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

 

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

 

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

         

Caridad Nevarez
Office Manager,
Head Start
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
School Readiness Director,
Countdown to Kindergarten
720-913-0913 | email me

         
Kristina Saccone
Fund Relations Consultant,
Denver Afterschool Alliance
303-861-4724 | email me
 
  Michael Simmons
Program Coordinator,
My Brother's Keeper
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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