& 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 was 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.

Tricia Bonman View Bio

Tricia Bonman

Director of Strategic Initiatives
Katie Danna-Poston View Bio

Katie Danna-Poston

Senior Project Manager
Laura Freeman Cenegy View Bio

Laura Freeman Cenegy

Director of Research
Emily Landes View Bio

Emily Landes

Senior Project Manager
Kacee Miller View Bio

Kacee Miller

Senior Director of Implementation
Jennifer Merva Stedron View Bio

Jennifer Merva Stedron

Executive Director
Jennifer Nash View Bio

Jennifer Nash

Director of Operations
Catherine Portillo View Bio

Catherine Portillo

Executive Assistant
LaRae Renz View Bio

LaRae Renz

Accounting Manager

Board of

Rosemarie Allen

President & CEOInstitute for Racial Equity and Excellence

Chris Bracken

PrincipalGemmone Resources

Yee-Ann Cho, Chair

Board Chair

Colleen Church, Treasurer

Deputy DirectorLudeman Family Center for Women's Health Research at CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Steffanie Clothier

Investment Director – Child DevelopmentGary Community Ventures

David Ari Collins

Senior Lead AttorneyJones Law Firm, PC

Thomas C. Davidson

Executive ManagerCounties & Commissioners Acting Together

Jacquie Hall

Senior Director of Principal and Planned GiftsCraig Hospital Foundation

Sylvia Kamau-Small

Health Equity & Community Engagement ManagerAdams County Health Department

Annie Lee

President & CEOColorado Access

Patricia Lepiani, Secretary

PresidentThe Idea Marketing

Tyler Mounsey

Director of Legislative AffairsColorado Bar Association

Bruno Sobral

ProfessorColorado School of Public Health, Colorado State University

Maria Tarajano Rodman

Executive DirectorValley Settlement


Local Organizations
State-Level Organizations
National Organizations

2024 General Operating Support Provided By

  • Buell Foundation