& 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.

Julio  Alas View Bio

Julio Alas

DEI Director, CIRCLE Initiative
Tricia Bonman View Bio

Tricia Bonman

Project Director, CIRCLE Initiative
Tori Brennan View Bio

Tori Brennan

Project Manager, CIRCLE
Katie Danna-Poston View Bio

Katie Danna-Poston

Senior Project Manager
Jessica Driver View Bio

Jessica Driver

Project Manager, CIRCLE
Laura Freeman Cenegy View Bio

Laura Freeman Cenegy

Senior Researcher
Emily Landes View Bio

Emily Landes

Project Manager, CIRCLE
Catherine Lewis Sáenz View Bio

Catherine Lewis Sáenz

Communications Manager
Kacee Miller View Bio

Kacee Miller

Portfolio Director: Early Learning
Jennifer Nash View Bio

Jennifer Nash

Director of Operations
LaRae Renz View Bio

LaRae Renz

Accounting & Finance Coordinator
Angela Rothermel View Bio

Angela Rothermel

Deputy Director
Liz Rowland View Bio

Liz Rowland

Operations Manager
Jennifer Stedron View Bio

Jennifer Stedron

Executive Director
Courtney Thornton View Bio

Courtney Thornton

Project Manager
Tanya Weinberg View Bio

Tanya Weinberg

Portfolio Director: Health & Well-Being

Board of

Rosemarie Allen

President & CEOInstitute for Racial Equity and Excellence

Yee-Ann Cho, Treasurer

Director -Strategy, Planning, and LearningPivotal Ventures

Colleen Church

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, Secretary

Executive ManagerCounties & Commissioners Acting Together

Elaine Grossman, Chair

RetiredFormer Director of Strategic Partnerships, Valley Settlement

Sylvia Kamau-Small

Director of Equity & ImpactPhilanthropy Colorado

Annie Lee

President & CEOColorado Access

Patricia Lepiani

PresidentThe Idea Marketing

Bruno Sobral

ProfessorColorado School of Public Health, Colorado State University


Local Organizations
State-Level Organizations
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2021 General Operating Support Provided By

  • Buell Foundation