Too few of Colorado's students are receiving a high-quality public education, let alone mastering the advanced content and skills they will need to succeed. This is particularly true for thousands of lower-income students across the state.
The Piton Foundation believes that education is a pathway out of poverty. Our vision is that all children in Colorado will have the opportunity to attend high performing schools. Piton seeks to reform Colorado's public schools so that they effectively address the full range of students' abilities and needs. By investing in strategic partnerships, Piton seeks to transform the public education system.
To fulfill this vision, The Piton Foundation works with a variety of partners to develop a continuum of quality learning opportunities from preschool through higher education.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Piton believes that early childhood education is an integral part of school reform - schools do their job better when children come to school ready to learn. While schools do not necessarily have to deliver all early childhood education services themselves, they must be closely involved with providers who do. Our work in this arena centers on two strategies:
- Building tighter connections between K-12 education and early childhood education. We seek to create partnerships between schools, child care providers, child advocates and parents so that a seamless system of early childhood development is in place for children and families.
- Building public will around the importance of early childhood education. We educate stakeholders about the importance of early brain development and of investing in the early years of a child's life so that there is a demand for greater support from private and public entities. We disseminate information about child development and work cooperatively with schools, parents and other interested organizations on shared goals.
K-12 and higher EDUCATION
The Piton Foundation supports the development of a public education system that allows all students, particularly lower-income students, to succeed as engaged, self-reliant citizens. The foundation seeks to accomplish its objectives by supporting effective and innovative public schools. It works to engage school districts in this work, and to help shape public policies that foster schools where all students can succeed. Piton's strategic partners include other education and community organizations, public schools and school districts, charter schools, foundations, researchers, parents, and city and state government. Read More.
Piton's Education Initiatives
Serves low-income children in Denver, birth to age three, and their families. Its goals are to increase the school readiness of young children and increase the involvement of parents in their children's education. Read More
DENVER PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
Approved by Denver voters in November 2006, it provides parents of four-year-old children with a tuition tax credit to use at the preschool of their choice. The program was the result of efforts supported by The Piton Foundation, working with city officials and business and community leaders, to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood education and to increase the number of preschool slots in Denver. Read More