& Vision

Early Milestones Colorado is a nonprofit organization that advances success for young children by accelerating innovation, the use of best practices, and systemic change. We work to ensure that all children and families, especially those who have been historically marginalized, have access to the opportunities and resources needed to be valued, healthy, and thriving. Learn more about our commitment.


In the early 2000s, hundreds of stakeholders created a plan to increase coordination and generate better results across the early childhood system. Since then, Colorado has made great progress in implementing this plan, called the “three-legged stool.” Launched in 2015 by a group of Colorado’s leading early childhood funders, Early Milestones serves as the third “leg” — an agile, flexible nonprofit to support local and state efforts, accelerate public goals, spur innovation, and work toward sustainable, large-scale impact.

Early Milestones is a proud recipient of the 2019 El Pomar Foundation Award for Excellence.


Our team offers a combined 86 years of work in the field of early childhood and over 130 years of service in health, early care and learning, education, family social work, local and state government, strategic communications, finance, and law. Early Milestones staff include Buell Early Childhood Leadership Fellows; a Colorado Civic DNA Fellow; a Denver Court Appointed Special Advocate; hikers and travelers; musicians, crafters, and athletes; and parents, aunts, and uncles.

Katie Danna-Poston View Bio

Katie Danna-Poston

Project Manager
Andrew Keating View Bio

Andrew Keating

Senior Communications Manager
Kacee Miller View Bio

Kacee Miller

Program Director: Learning & Development
Jennifer Nash View Bio

Jennifer Nash

Director of Operations
Katie Nicolaou View Bio

Katie Nicolaou

Project Manager
Liz Rowland View Bio

Liz Rowland

Operations Coordinator
Jennifer Stedron View Bio

Jennifer Stedron

Executive Director
Courtney Thornton View Bio

Courtney Thornton

Project Manager
Tanya Weinberg View Bio

Tanya Weinberg

Program Director: Health & Well-Being and Family Supports

Board of

Bruce Atchison, Chair

Child Advocate

Rosemarie Allen

President & CEOInstitute for Racial Equity and Excellence

Yee-Ann Cho

Strategy & Planning LeadPivotal Ventures, A Melinda French Gates Company

Colleen Church

Chief Strategy OfficerCaring for Colorado Foundation

Steffanie Clothier

Investment Director, Child DevelopmentGary Community Ventures

Thomas C. Davidson, At-Large

Executive ManagerCounties & Commissioners Acting Together

Elaine Grossman, Secretary

RetiredFormer Director of Strategic Partnerships, Valley Settlement

Gloria Higgins, Treasurer

Managing MemberRuby Insights, LLC

Annie Lee

Executive Director, Community Health & Medicaid StrategiesChildren's Hospital Colorado

Patricia Lepiani

PresidentThe Idea Marketing


Local Organizations
State-Level Organizations
National Organizations

2020 General Operating Support Provided By

  • Buell Foundation