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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.

The Office of Children's Affairs, formerly known as the Mayor's Office for Education and Children, was established in 1995 to advocate for children and youth in the City and County of Denver from birth to young adulthood.  The Office of Children's Affairs is dedicated to ensuring Denver’s children and youth have their basic needs met, are ready for kindergarten, and prepared for academic and professional success.  We do not provide direct services, rather we work with other city agencies and community partners to increase access, increase participation, and improve the quality of programs and services for all of Denver’s children and youth. 


Vision:   Deliver a city where children, youth, and their families have an opportunity to succeed.

Our Mission Values

  • We put children first and we 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

Our Operational Values

  • Mutual Respect
  • Authentic Communication
  • Integrity
  • Openness and Transparency
  • Accountability and Honesty


Erin Brown
Executive Director

 Stephanie Adams Stephanie Adams
Deputy Director
 Alicia Boyd Alicia Boyd
Director of Community Partnerships
 Susan Gallo Susan M. Gallo, Ph.D.
Director of Health Initiatives
  Joey Pace
Youth Success Director
  Lisa Piscopo, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Analysis
 Maxine Quintana Maxine Quintana
Director of OST Initiatives
  Susan Wells
Mayor's Youth Commission/Staff Assistant


 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
academically and professionally.


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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