Diverse stakeholders
working together

We are a dedicated, diverse coalition of over 200 stakeholders and organizations working together to ensure Colorado kids get the strongest start possible.

Our work lays the foundation for a stronger, healthier and more productive Colorado. We support nurturing environments for Colorado’s youngest citizens because we know their earliest experiences dramatically influence brain development, social-emotional growth, cognitive skills, and future health and success in school and life.

who is

The Raise Colorado coalition is convened by Colorado Children’s Campaign, Clayton Early Learning and a diverse steering committee, that includes Black Child Development Institute-Denver Affiliate, Early Childhood Council of Larimer County, Families Forward Resource Center, Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA), The Original Milk Mentor, Parent Possible, Roots Family Center, and grassroots community members to help expecting families, pregnant people, infants, and toddlers in Colorado thrive.

To ensure positive outcomes for all Colorado communities, we mobilize Coloradans as we advance equitable policies, programs, and practices that help expecting families, pregnant people, infants, and toddlers thrive.

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Our Steering Committee helps guide the coalition on a collaborative mission to identify priority policy changes – in legislation, regulation, and implementation. Raise Colorado Steering Committee members include:

Trennie Collins

Community Advocate
Durango, Colorado
Southern Ute Indian Tribal Reservation

Gretchen Groenke

Community Advocate
Mancos, Colorado

Kinyata Jackson
Maegan Lokteff, PhD

Executive Director, 
Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA)

Crystal Munoz

Founder & Executive Director,
Roots Family Center

Laura Knudtson

Director of Community & Government Relations,
Parent Possible

Caronne Porter

The Original Milk Mentor

Christina Taylor

Executive Director,
Early Childhood Council of Larimer County

Jalen Taylor

Program Development Director,
Black Child Development Institute‐Denver

Shawn M. Taylor

Healthy Babies Strong Families Director,
Families Forward Resource Center

Chanell Reed

Staff Include:

Kayla Frawley

Manager, Policy & Advocacy,
Clayton Early Learning

Melissa Mares

Early Childhood Policy Fellow,
Colorado Children’s Campaign

Jacinta “Jacy” Montoya Price

Advocacy Manager,
Colorado Children’s Campaign

Christina Walker

Director, Policy & Advocacy,
Clayton Early Learning


Our community partners reflect the strength, wisdom, and diversity found across Colorado. Their voices represent a range of perspectives from, home visiting, childcare for infants and toddlers, screening and referrals, rural communities, communities of color, workforce, parents, advocates, state and county government representatives, business partners, private philanthropy and providers, among others.

Raise Colorado is proud to be a state partner of Think Babies, created by ZERO TO THREE to make the potential of every baby our national priority.