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The Compact’s Vision

Launched in October 2011 by Mayor Hancock, the Denver Education Compact (The Compact) is a collaboration between 20+ key Denver institutions to create a robust educational continuum for Denver’s youth, from cradle to career − where all students enter kindergarten prepared, graduate high school prepared, complete a postsecondary pathway and obtain a job. Part of this vision is that the City and County of Denver will attain and retain its educated workforce.

The Compact’s Two Goals Span the Educational Continuum

a diagram of the Compact's two goals that span the educational continuum

How Do We Get There?

The Compact has chosen specific strategies to achieve its goals.

  • GOAL 1: 90% of third-grade students will be reading at grade level by 2017.
    The Compact has chosen to focus on improving the critical transition between preschool and kindergarten, with a special emphasis on teacher preparation, information exchange, and parental engagement. The Compact plans to focus its efforts in Southwest Denver.
  • GOAL 2: To increase the number of high school students whocomplete a post-secondary pathway and obtain a job.
    The Compact has chosen to focus on developing career pathways for students that focus on easing the transitions between educational systems and enable students to obtain a job with a living wage.

The Compact’s Board Members

The Compact is an unprecedented commitment by major Denver institutions and leaders representing the City, early childhood, K-12, higher education, industry, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and teachers. The Compact focuses on shared vision and goals where all members can work together. The Compact partners include:

  • Superintendent, Denver Public Schools
  • Mayor, City and County of Denver
  • President, Denver Chamber of Commerce
  • President, Mile High United Way
  • Executive Director, Colorado Education Association
  • Institutions of Higher Education (University of Colorado/Denver, Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State College, Denver University)
  • Philanthropy (Daniels Fund) Industry (Kaiser Permanente, BBVA Compass, Oakwood Homes, Sage Hospitality)
  • Nonprofit (Mile High Montessori, Mi Casa, Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, Denver Center for the Performing Arts)
  • Other Elected Representatives (State Board of Education, Denver Board of Education)

View the Denver Education Compact Executive Advisory Board

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Advisory Board Meetings

Every other month Denver Education Compact Executive Committee Meeting

All Executive Committee Members

Varies by date
*New Dates and Meeting Times Coming Soon!*


Contact & Requests

Contact Mayor Hancock or request a meeting, his attendance at an event, a letter or a proclamation.