About the Partnership

The Road to Reading is the actionable, implementation arm of Denver’s Birth to Eight Roadmap. It is comprised of three main bodies included below.

Organizing Partners

The five organizing partners for the Road to Reading Partnership are Denver Public Schools, Denver’s Office of Children’s Affairs, Children’s Museum of Denver at the Marsico Campus, Denver Human Services and the Denver Public Library. Each organization provides dedicated staff for the governance structure. They are responsible for drafting policy, monitoring metrics and supporting continuous improvement efforts. Each of these organizing partners will also take a lead on at least one of the Roadmap Collaboratives.

Specific responsibilities of the Organizing Partners are outlined below:

Governance Structure

  • Direct line to our policy leaders and directly accountable for outcomes to Executive Committee, Mayor and DPS Superintendent.
  • Primary responsibility for overall organizing structures, including evaluating the Roadmap’s success, communications materials and supports, and ongoing monitoring of implementations at a high level.
  • Monitoring the continuous improvement of Roadmap Partners.
  • Reporting success and challenges of Roadmap within Denver and nationally.


  • Facilitate thought partnership and best-practice sharing between providers that contribute to the work of the collaborative.
  • Strategic lead for collaborative including the prioritization and sequencing of initiatives, alignment of initiatives across partners, and a determination of leading indicators and outcome metrics to measure success over time.

Executive Committee

The executive committee is charged with:

  • Governance and decision-making body
  • Trouble-shooting challenges and providing strategic direction
  • Use of position to raise awareness and engagement

Organizing partner staff will update the Executive Committee on a monthly basis regarding work and progress in each of these domains. 

Community Forums and Summits

Bi-monthly community meetings include early childhood providers and community organizations from the five neighborhoods of focus (Westwood, Montbello, Sunvalley, Collegeview and East Colfax).

Additionally, Road to Reading summits are held quarterly which includes all stakeholders and organizations from the larger Road to Reading community.