Mission, Vision & History

  • Mission- Denver’s Early Childhood Council elevates the early childhood field through innovative and inclusive leadership, services, and solutions.
  • Vision- Denver is a community where the diverse needs of all young children and their families are supported.
  • 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 three early childhood domains: Learning and Development, Health and Well-Being, and Family Support and Education.

    The Colorado Early Childhood Councils are a legislative expansion (HB06-1062) of the Consolidated Child Care Pilots that existed from 1997 to 2006. Currently, 34 early childhood councils are active across Colorado’s 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. Learn more about early childhood councils at the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA).

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