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Expand Early Childhood Quantity and Quality

Our school district will not fully achieve its goals unless we work to simultaneously expand the quantity and quality of early childhood education in Jeffco. Quality early childhood education is much more than just childcare. It is an academically and developmentally-focused experience that provides students with early literacy and numeracy skills, as well as other academic experiences, so they come to school ready to learn.

A system of early childhood education already exists in Jeffco, but (like most places in the United States), it is a patchwork of different government organizations, nonprofits, private providers, churches, family/friends, and neighbor care.

All of these options are important in our community and we must support them all toward working together as a system to expand access, capacity, and quality across the board.

Theory of Action

IF Jeffco Public Schools Early Learning Team increases the quality and quantity of academically and developmentally- focused opportunities for Pre-K students (within Jeffco Public Schools as well as with community partners),
THEN those students will enter kindergarten academically ready and will sustain that academic proficiency.


  • By 2022 all kindergarten students will increase at least one construct for each domain (cognitive, math, emotional and social development, health and physical development, language development and communication, literacy, letter-naming, print-awareness) on the Jeffco Kindergarten Early Assessment for readiness compared to 2017/18 baseline data.

  • Beginning in the 2018/19 School year, Jeffco Schools will increase the number of seats offered in Jeffco preschools by 10% each year for the the next four years.

Tactic Team

Dawn Odean (Tactic Lead) - Director, Early Learning
Scott Bain - Principal, Jeffco Open School
Steph Cavallaro - Principal, Stony Creek Elementary
Julie Chavez - Lead Technician, Early Learning
Erin Dewing - ESL Resource Teacher
Sherri Fast - Early Learning Manager
Cameron Gehlen - Principal, Compass Montessori Wheat Ridge
Wanda Hamilton - Achievement Director
Jason Hendricks - Senior Budget Analyst
Virginia Lindemann - Assistant Director, Early Learning
Stacy Oryschynn - P-3 Instructional Specialist
Lynea Pearson - Assistant Director, Sped Partner
Jentry Phelan - Human Resources Manager
Laura Querry - Program Specialist, Early Learning
Lindsay Reinhardt - GT Resource Teacher
Lisa Schell - Coordinator, Home Visitation
Angella Schroller - Early Learning Manager
Holly Sexton - Teacher/P-3 Instructional Specialist
Jennifer Stedron - Early Milestones
Susan Switzer - Research and Assessment
Sarah Weber - Assistant Director, Sped Partner
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