Mission, Vision & History

  • Mission- We serve as Denver’s early childhood hub, leveraging resources, opportunities and connections to create a quality system that positively impacts the lives of children and their families.
  • Vision- Every young child in Denver enters school ready to succeed.
  • History- Denver’s Early Childhood Council or “Joint Council” was created in 1992 by then Denver Public Schools Superintendent Evie Dennis and Mayor Wellington Webb to address a systemic need to coordinate and manage quality improvements in Denver’s early childhood education (ECE) centers. Since that time, our role in coordinating early childhood services and partners has grown, and today is inclusive of all four early childhood domains: Early Learning, Child Health, Social-Emotional/Mental Health, and Family Support.

Denver’s Early Childhood Council became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2011.

The Colorado Early Childhood Councils are a legislative expansion (HB06-1062) of the Consolidated Child Care Pilots that existed from 1997 to 2006. Currently, 31 Early Childhood Councils are active in 58 of Colorado’s 64 counties. The role of Early Childhood Councils is to improve and sustain the availability, accessibility, capacity and quality of early childhood services for children and families throughout the state.