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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.
ctively support an innovative workplace, utilizing our individual and collective strengths.

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

Dionne Williams
Executive Director
720-913-0906 | email me


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

Locate a Free Meal Site

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Meals or snacks offered at various recreation centers.
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Locate an Afterschool Program

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Denver Afterschool Alliance works to improve quality.
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Find a Mentor

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My Brother's Keeper, opportunities for boys of color.
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Enroll in Head Start | Five by Five

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Preschool and health services for qualified families.
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MY Denver Card, recreational and cultural fun.
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Become a Youth Advocate

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Mayor's Youth Commission gives youth a voice.
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Get Prepared for Kindergarten

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School-Readiness workshops and resources for parents.
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Access College Funds

Increase college enrollment and degree completion.
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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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201 W. Colfax Ave.
Department 1101
Denver, CO 80202

Monday - Friday 9 a.m - 5 p.m.


Office of Children's Affairs

Phone: 720-913-0900

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