Birth to Eight Roadmap

Early Milestones Colorado, in conjunction with Denver Public Schools, the Mayor’s Office of Children’s Affairs and Denver’s early childhood community, is proud to release the Birth to Eight Roadmap.

The Need.

Early childhood leaders in Denver have launched the Birth to Eight Roadmap initiative, a new effort that seeks to dramatically improve outcomes and close opportunity and achievement gaps by investing in the city’s youngest learners. Research affirms that children who do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers. Yet, supporting our youngest learners in achieving reading proficiency is a complex endeavor given the multiple factors that impact language and literacy. With local philanthropic support, Denver Public Schools, the Mayor’s Office of Children’s Affairs and Denver’s early childhood community will articulate a shared Roadmap for serving children ages birth through eight years old.

The Focus.

The goal of the Birth to Eight Roadmap initiative: Support and empower families living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty so that young children in these neighborhoods reach their developmental potential and succeed in school and in life – starting with early language and literacy. The goal and the Roadmap is grounded in the collective educational vision of Denver Public Schools’ Denver Plan 2020, Mayor Hancock’s Five Goals for Youth and the Early Childhood Colorado Framework

The Strategy.

No entity can do this alone – it takes sustained partnerships between Denver Public Schools, the City of Denver, community partners, public agencies, parents and caregivers to achieve such a complex goal. The Birth to Eight Roadmap was developed over a seven month period from December 2015 through June 2016.  A Steering Committee of 25 members met monthly to provide overall direction to the effort. During that period, a synthesis of the current landscape of circumstances and supports for Denver children and their families was prepared. The Birth to Eight Roadmap was released in June 2016.

Learn more about the Birth to Eight Roadmap and Colorado’s other efforts to advance early literacy from this brief video from Rocky Mountain PBS.