Early Childhood

The Civic Canopy facilitates networks and projects that strengthen partnerships and promote collective action toward shared results in order to ensure all Colorado’s young children are valued, healthy and thriving. 


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The Early Childhood Colorado Partnership

We all want the best outcomes for Colorado children. Developing and sustaining a comprehensive early childhood system with children and families at the center is not an easy task, and no one individual, organization or agency can do it alone. But together, our collective efforts can ensure Colorado children and families thrive.
The Early Childhood Colorado Partnership (Partnership) is a network of partners from state and local agencies, nonprofits, early childhood councils, foundations and universities committed to advancing the vision of the Early Childhood Colorado Framework statewide.
The Partnership provides the space and conditions for diverse partners across the comprehensive early childhood system — encompassing physical, mental and behavioral health, family support and early learning – to come together, identify common results, share best practices, implement strategies and track progress towards indicators of child and family wellbeing and systems performance improvement.

Learn more about the Partnership here

East5ide Unified — BUILD Health Challenge

The Civic Canopy is pleased to work in collaboration with Denver Public Health and Denver Health and Hospitals to launch East5ide Unified. This project was selected by the BUILD Health Challenge to receive a $75,000 grant to bring together the Northeast Denver community around eliminating health disparities by the time children enter school.
A community- and family-led team will use this national award to develop a bold approach to ensure children’s health and wellbeing in Northeast Denver. The ambitious goal is to even the playing field for children in East Denver by the time they start school, putting power into the hands of the community. The BUILD Health Challenge grant will fund a year-long planning process to assess community needs and develop solutions to the social, environmental and economic factors that have the greatest impact on child health and wellness.

Learn more about how to get involved in East5ide Unified here


To learn more about Civic Canopy early childhood efforts, email [email protected]