|Mayor Hancock Announces Goals to Ensure All Denver Kids Can Compete and Succeed
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Director of Children’s Affairs Lindsay Neil today announced five fundamental goals for the City and County of Denver to help ensure all Denver kids have their basic needs met, are prepared for kindergarten and prepared for academic and professional success.
“As a city, we must act together to prepare all of our city’s children for every stage of life from cradle to career. These goals provide us with a clear path to help our young people compete and succeed,” Mayor Hancock said. “There is nothing smarter than investing in our children from the day they are born to the day they are employed. By providing thoughtful programs and services, we can better prepare all of our children to compete in the global economy.”
The goals were developed by the Mayor’s Denver Education Compact and Denver Children’s Cabinet and will be implemented through meaningful partnerships with civic, philanthropic and business leaders and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, these five goals will drive the alignment of all city services dedicated to children and youth, strengthen community partnerships and provide a focal point to measure successes.
The City and County of Denver Kid’s Goals are to:
- Increase the number of children served by early childhood education programs by aligning publicly funded programs;
- Increase the number of Denver third grade students who can read at grade level;
- Reduce the number of disconnected youth;
- Increase the number of first generation students who complete a postsecondary pathway and obtain employment; and
- Reduce the number of overweight and obese children.
“The long term economic health, well-being and overall quality of life in Denver depend on the ability of the City and our partners to prepare our children and youth for Denver jobs and future leadership opportunities,” Neil said. “These goals are fundamental to the success of our children and will ensure that every child in Denver has the opportunity to succeed.”
The coordination of resources and services will be spearheaded by the Office of Children’s Affairs. Through initiatives such as the 5 By 5 Program, the MY Denver Card and forthcoming after school programs funded through the passage of Measure 2A, the office will work with city agencies and community service providers to ensure that Denver children have the opportunity to live up to their fullest potential.
Following the announcement today, the Mayor and Neil hosted a Denver Children’s Cabinet meeting. This group of city department and partner agency leaders comes together on a quarterly basis to align and streamline city programs, services and investments to best serve Denver’s children and youth.