The GLR Campaign recognizes Denver, Colorado, as a 2016 Pacesetter for its exemplary work in aligning, stacking and bundling the most proven and promising strategies, programs and practices.
Especially notable is the campaign’s innovation in the early childhood arena and its Birth to Eight Roadmap, which is a call to action that draws from the expertise of more than 100 leaders. These stakeholders are making a bold commitment to focus on language and literacy with families in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, particularly through Birth to 8 Resource Hubs, where services are bundled for families, through a partnership between the district, city, United Way, and numerous additional funders and non-profit partners. Denver’s work has an intentional focus on the adults teaching, caring for or raising kids, with a range of strategies and engagement opportunities to help the campaign achieve its goal of 80% of third graders reading on grade level by 2020. Examples of strategies include promoting consistency across early care and education settings, which is helped by use of a common assessment for 4-year-olds; refining an Early Opportunity System that provides early screening and support; and implementing a Countdown to Kindergarten initiative.
The work in Denver represents a powerful example of a community that is leveraging its assets to work in a collective, comprehensive and coordinated way to dramatically improve outcomes for low-income children.