The 2017 Funder Huddle kicked off with a look into the inner workings of what Denver has been doing with their highly successful innovative and collaborative work in children's literacy. The Denver Host Committee's panel discussion inspired the audience by sharing their passion and detailing how they built a cohesive community vision. Our distinguished panelists were:
- Moderator: Bruce Hoyt, senior vice president, Gary Community Investments
- Anne Anderson, director of early childhood development, The Ben and Lucy Ana Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation
- Elsa Holguín, senior program officer, Rose Community Foundation
- Susan Steele, executive director, Buell Foundation
But those four esteemed leaders didn't do it alone, the Colorado Bright Spots are some of the foundations and community leaders that have helped to close the gap in Denver. Their support has contributed to results that equal double-digit gains on early literacy rates!
This amazing progress is one of the reasons that Denver was named a 2016 Pacesetter. Of particular note is Denver's Birth to Eight Roadmap is a breakthrough document that details their plan to close the opportunity gap by 2020.