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Long-term goal:  Selected low-income schools and communities in the Metro Denver area will experience increased school readiness, achievement, and graduation rates.

Over the coming years, we will follow these pathways to achieve this goal:

  • Every child enters school ready to learn
  • Schools and other organizations provide high quality in- and out-of-school opportunities that engage K-12 students in learning and promote passion for academic success, especially through a whole-child approach
  • Every child benefits from strong child-parent-teacher-community relationships that support success in school.

Click here to read about Communities Coming Together to Keep Kids in School and Learning.

In 2014, Community Grants in the area of Education will emphasize the communities of near and far Northeast Denver, Original Aurora, the Southwest Metro area corridor along Federal Blvd., and Adams County.

Funded schools or programs that work with schools must have at least 50% of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch to be eligible. 

In 2014 Community Grants in the area of Education will support nonprofits and schools working in the areas of early childhood education, K-12 student engagement and achievement, parent and community engagement, and arts education. The following strategies will be prioritized:

•   Expanding access to high-quality early childhood education by:

         - Improving the quality of education provided in Family, Friend, and Neighbor
           Care settings
         - Improving the quality of education provided in preschool settings
         - Increasing the number of seats provided in high-quality preschool settings

•   Expanding and/or creating pilot programs or projects in K-12 settings that:

         - Boost achievement and student engagement through in-school efforts or
           after-school and summer activities with a strong connection to school
         - Engage students who have dropped out of school or who are at risk of
           dropping out  
         - Foster college and career readiness
         - Work to end the School to Prison Pipeline, including through Restorative
           Justice in schools

•   Expanding and/or piloting efforts that use arts education as a means of increasing school readiness, student engagement, and/or academic success

•   Supporting parents as partners in education efforts by:

         - Expanding access to high-quality home visitation programs
         - Creating or expanding high-quality parent support and engagement in
           formal and informal settings
         - Developing community and parent organizing or other advocacy for and
           outreach to underserved low-income and immigrant/refugee families  

Strong proposals in this area will:

  • Address key issues of educational equity
  • Implement a whole child approach
  • Support child-parent-teacher-community relationships to further success in school
  • Show a meaningful connection to school engagement and achievement
  • Operate through strong collaboration among parents, students, nonprofit organizations, and school staff

Examples of grants in Education in 2013 include:

Early Excellence Program of Denver, $10,000 for general operating support.

Mental Health Center of Aurora, $50,000 for the Aurora Trauma-Informed Responsive Practice Initiative

Museo de las Americas, $10,000 for support of the Summer Camp program