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The Piton Foundation brochure

The Piton Foundation newsletter

The New Coloradans curriculum

Publication Categories

Publications are categorized by program area. Click on any of the links below to download a publication in pdf format. If you do not have a pdf reader, click here to download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.


The Piton Foundation brochure

The Piton Foundation 20th Anniversary Report (1998)

Community Facts: A Data Book on the Status of Denver Neighborhoods from Census 2000 (2004)

Connecting Care and Health in Colorado: A Guide to Services for the Uninsured

This report was developed by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, with funding from The Piton Foundation and Caring for Colorado Foundation.

The New Coloradans: Immigration in Colorado (High School Curriculum)


The New Coloradans: Immigration in Colorado (Middle School Curriculum)

These two curricula -- for high school and middle school -- were developed for Piton by the Center for Education in Law and Democracy to help Colorado students understand the complexity of the immigration issue in our state and nationally. They include a DVD of "The New Coloradans," a compelling 30-minute documentary produced by Rocky Mountain PBS (note: The curricula can be downloaded but the DVD must be ordered by calling 303-825-6246).



"The Piton Perspective" is a periodic newsletter providing neighborhood-level data related to poverty in Denver - the foundation's focus - and information about Piton programs that are working to address the issue.

The Piton Perspective (Summer 2008)

Denver Expands Preschool Options

The Piton Perspective (Spring 2008)

Poor Children Lack Access to Top-Performing Schools

The Piton Perspective (Spring 2007)

Study Portrays Struggles People Face After Prison

The Piton Perspective (Fall 2006)

Tax Credit Boosts Low Wages of Area Workers

The Piton Perspective (Summer 2006)

Denver Study Reinforces Positive Effects of Early Education on School Readiness

The Piton Perspective (Spring 2006)

The Next Generation: Children Born in Denver in 2004

The Piton Perspective (Fall 2005)

Homeownership Soars in Denver


What Parents Want: A Survey of the Preschool Preferences of Denver Households

       This survey conducted in March 2008 with 700 households in Denver asked parents what they value when selecting a preschool program. (August 2008)  Appendix D: Descriptive Results of Each Survey Question

ESTART Validation Study

This study examines the reliability and validity of the Early Childhood Standards Assessment of Readiness Tool used with 1,100 children in 15 preschool agencies in Denver (June 2008). Executive Summary Only

Early Childhood Systems Scan for Denver

This report describes the role and scope of services of early childhood providers in Denver, how well these organizations collaborate, and               what types of data are available across the system. (May 2008).

Colorado Child Readiness Scan

This report outlines early childhood servies in Colorado, including early care and education; health; mental health; and, parent/family support services (January 2008).

DPS Employee Compensation: the Role of Pension Benefits

The Piton Foundation examined the Denver Public Schools' pension plan and its role in recruiting and retaining educators as demographics and social trends have changed.

Access to Quality Public Schools: An Analysis of Where Low-Income Students Live in Proximity to Quality Schools

Researchers at The Piton Foundation analyzed how far students in Denver, Aurora and Mapleton school districts must travel to reach a school rated "high" or "quality" by the state of Colorado.

Profiles of Success: Eight Colorado Schools that are Closing the Achievement Gap

This report was commissioned by The Piton Foundation and Donnell-Kay Foundation to uncover promising practices in Colorado schools that are beating the odds in terms of their ability to close the achievement gap for economically disadvantaged students.

Testing in Colorado: Time, Cost and Purpose

This report was commissioned by The Piton Foundation and Donnell-Kay Foundation to document the types of assessments that Colorado students take, and the time and costs associated with this testing.

Policy Mapping: Colorado and Tough Choices or Tough Times

This report was commissioned by The Piton Foundation and Donnell-Kay Foundation and compares recommendations from the National Center on Education and the Economy to Colorado's current education policies.

     Early Childhood Education in Denver 2006 Presentation



        HeadFirst is an online education magazine, produced by the Public Education and Business Coalition, and funded, in part, by The Piton Foundation.


"The Term Paper" was a quarterly publication on education published by The Piton Foundation from 2002-2006 to promote the continual improvement of public education in Denver.

The Term Paper, Issue 11: Busing and Achievement

term11.pdf (485 Kb, May 2006)

The Term Paper, Issue 10: The Resegregation of Denver Public Schools

term10.pdf (497 Kb, January 2006)

The Term Paper, Issue 9: ECE-8s vs Middle Schools

term9.pdf (461 Kb, September 2005)

The Term Paper, Issue 8: High School Reform

term8.pdf (552 Kb, April 2005)

The Term Paper, Issue 7: Lessons From Cole Middle School

term7.pdf (712 Kb, January 2005)

The Term Paper, Issue 6: Educating Mexican Immigrant Children

term6.pdf (1.22 Mb, May 2004)

The Term Paper, Issue 5: Compelling Arguments for Universal Pre-K

term5.pdf (361 Kb, November 2003)

The Term Paper, Issue 4: Middle Grades Reform Lagging in Colorado

term4.pdf (865 Kb), May 2003)

The Term Paper, Issue 3: Mixed Income Schools Gaining Favor

term3.pdf (429 Kb, November 2002)

The Term Paper, Issue 2: The Case For Economic School Integration

term2.pdf (400 Kb, May 2002)

The Term Paper, Issue 1: News and Analysis on School Reform from The Piton Foundation

term1.pdf (527 Kb, January 2002)

Improving Public Education in Denver: The Piton Foundation's Agenda 2000

(1.68 Mb, March 01, 2000)


The Status of Minorities and Women in Colorado's Higher Education Institutions

    This report was commissioned by The Piton Foundation to assess Colorado's higher education system in the areas of student enrollment and faculty hiring of minorities and women. (August 2008).  Executive Summary



Tax Credits -- Rewarding Work: A Report on the Tax-Year 2010 Outreach Campaign


Developing a Neighborhood-Focused Agenda: Tools for Cities Getting Started (2000)