Birth to Eight Roadmap

Supporting Early Childhood Development, Language and Literacy

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.

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.

In order improve outcomes and close opportunity gaps for the city’s youngest residents, it will take the combined efforts of an entire community.

Recent News

EDUCA TV: An Interview with DPS Early Education Director Dr. Lisa Roy

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.  The initiative will support early childhood development, language and literacy.  To explain in detail this initiative we have invited Lisa Roy, Executive Director of Early Education in Denver Public Schools. Watch the

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Chalkbeat: Denver’s citywide effort to help poor children read better

By Ann Schimke Before coming to DPS, Roy was executive director of the Denver-based Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation and did consulting for Grantmakers for Education, a national network of education grant-makers. She’s also worked for two other Denver-based foundations: the Piton Foundation and the Daniels Fund. We sat down with Roy this week to

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Introducing the Birth to Eight Roadmap

To close our educational and societal gaps, we know there are no easy answers, no magic solutions. But there are some critical investments that we do know will pay off. One of them is early literacy. Research has shown that children who are proficient readers in third grade are four times more likely to graduate

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