The Birth to Eight Roadmap initiative is a collaboration between the Mayor’s Office of Children’s Affairs, Denver Public Schools and numerous community partners – all who are committed to ensuring Denver children are prepared to enter school ready to learn and thrive. These partners are focused on leveraging and aligning current programs and when necessary developing and implementing new programs to support children’s health and social-emotional needs by providing greater access to parents and caregivers.
The goal of these community partners is to support and empower families throughout Denver so young children reach their developmental potential and succeed in school and in life, starting with early language and literacy. To help meet this goal Denver Public Schools has created an Early Literacy Plan to ensure we have a comprehensive and consistent approach to literacy across the district and that our students have a strong foundation for success. Students who are reading and writing proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to graduate.¹ The goal is that by 2020, at least 80% of DPS third-graders will be at or above grade level in reading and writing.
In order improve outcomes and close opportunity gaps for the city’s youngest residents, it will take the combined efforts of an entire community.
1 -The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2013) Early Warning Confirmed: Executive Summary. Baltimore, MD. http://www.aecf.org/resources/early-warning-confirmed-executive-summary/