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Denver Children's Cabinet

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Several hands of corporate women and men on top of each other indicating team work.

City agencies using data to align their programs and services to support youth success.

Denver's boards and commissions create opportunities for community members, government officials, business leaders and nonprofit representatives to work side-by-side in making decisions that impact the success of children, youth and young adults. 

Programs and services start by asking, "What do children need, and what opportunities exist to improve their outcomes?"

The Data Resource

The 'Status of Denver’s Children: A Community Resource' creates a picture of how Denver kids are doing based on measuring trends such as graduation rates, male incarceration, uninsured children, and so much more! Decision-makers can use this resource to learn if progress has been made toward shared goals, and whether opportunities are in place to support future progress.


The Story Map

The 'Story Map' is a great online, interactive tool that provides a deeper understanding of the mayor's goals for children. It also gives a closer look at funding - where the city spends its dollars, including a breakdown for each agency. Additional information explaining factors that have created significant challenges for children and families can be viewed on the 2019 Child Well-Being Index.


Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock created the Denver Children's Cabinet through Executive Order 139 on July 17, 2012. The purpose of the cabinet is to provide a space for city appointees to work together in coordinating city-based programs and services that create opportunities for Denver’s youth to succeed. It is managed by the Office of Children’s Affairs.

The Denver Children's Cabinet develops and provides policy guidance and coordinates the integration of services for children and youth across city agencies and their partners.

Core responsibilities:

  • Creating and maintaining an updated inventory of programs and services offered for children and youth, and evaluating the city's investments in these programs
  • Identifying areas where coordination will lead to better services, more  opportunities and implement improvement plans across programs and services
  • Establishing a set of metrics and a baseline for evaluating the well-being of children, and monitoring the city's progress on meeting goals that support desired outcomes for youth
  • Integrating strategic plans and metrics developed by Denver's Peak Performance program to support improved outcomes for kids

Data Subcommittee
Members in this group are responsible for exploring data-sharing opportunities, seeking alignment of data collection standards, and advising on and communicating data-related issues to cabinet members. 

Policy Subcommittee
This group focuses on evaluating local, state, regional and federal policies that potentially impact children in Denver. 

Child Safety Net Impact Team Subcommittee
This team works to develop a city-wide primary prevention plan addressing child abuse and neglect.

Innovation Subcommittee
Members in this group work to develop and implement strategies to increase access to child care and increase early childhood literacy-rich environments.

Staff Contact

Melissa Janiszewski
Strategic Partnership Coordinator
(720) 315-0605