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Anna Jo Garcia Haynes embodies leadership and advocacy for early childhood education (ECE) in Colorado and across the country. Anna Jo has impacted thousands of children and families over a long and storied career. The School of Education at MSU Denver is honored to preserve and build upon her legacy to continue her advocacy and impact on early childhood education in Colorado and beyond.
The Anna Jo Garcia Haynes Legacy Project was established to sustain and build upon Anna Jo’s impact and leadership in early childhood education. The project preserves the legacy of Anna Jo Garcia Haynes and her colleagues and mentors, who laid the foundation for equitable early childhood education in Colorado. This project captures their words, stories, and vision for the next generations of early childhood advocates and educators.
The Anna Jo Garcia Haynes Legacy Project includes the production of a documentary of early childhood education in Colorado through Anna Jo’s eyes that will be utilized in Early Childhood Teacher Education classrooms. Additionally, Anna Jo’s papers and other works are archived and will soon be exhibited in the place where Anna Jo was born – the Auraria campus. The project also includes hosting early childhood leadership panels; leaders engaging with ECE teacher education students; policy and advocacy trainings, and more. The Anna Jo Garcia Haynes Project ensures that current and future generations of early childhood educators learn of the work of Anna Jo and her peers in building, sustaining, and advancing early childhood education in Colorado.
To ensure Anna Jo’s work lives on, the MSU Denver School of Education has also established the Anna Jo Garcia Haynes Endowment to sustain and build upon the legacy and impact of her leadership and advocacy in early childhood education.
The Anna Jo Garcia Haynes Endowment will create system-wide change in the state’s early childhood education ecosystem. As Anna Jo deeply believes, parents and teachers are the best advocates because they are with children every day and understand their needs, potential, challenges, and promise more than anyone else. Being the second largest and most diverse teacher education program in Colorado, the School of Education stands ready to impact every child and family with young children in the state through:
The School of Education is primed to help early childhood teachers, leaders, and advocates in helping Colorado to be the best state for children in the U.S.
The School of Education believes that Anna Jo’s passion for advocacy should be continued through the spirit of collaboration with higher education and MSU Denver is leading the charge. With approximately 200 Early Childhood Education students in the ECE program each year, the School of Education has the potential to impact 4,000 children and their families each year by providing meaningful opportunities for both current and future ECE teachers to learn how to advocate on behalf of their students and communities. Through advocacy training, curriculum-building, seminars, research, leadership circles and summer workshops hosted on the campus, the School of Education provides a forum for ECE advocates at all levels to convene and hold the line on current ECE equity in our state while also planning around advocacy for future legislation and policies that impact, teachers, families and, of course, children.
This series aims to address the past, present and future of early childhood education nation wide. Stay tuned for future events and opportunities to learn and engage!
This very special panel discussion occurred Jun 16, 2023 at MSU Denver. See below for a recording of the livestream.
Anna Jo Garcia Haynes embodies leadership and advocacy for Early Childhood Education. Continuing her work, the MSU Denver School of Education has established the Anna Jo Garcia Haynes Legacy Project and Endowed Fund to sustain and maintain the legacy and impact of her leadership and advocacy in Early Childhood Education.
Panel discussion moderated by Lisa Roy, Executive Director for the
Colorado Department of Early Childhood Education. Read more about the moderator and the panelists below.
Dr. Lisa Roy is the newly appointed Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Early Childhood. The Department will manage Colorado’s new universal preschool program, serving 4-year-olds statewide starting in the summer of 2023. The Department will also manage comprehensive programs and services for young children, families and early childhood professionals, utilizing a “one-stop shop” application process.
Dr. Roy previously served as the director of program development for the Buffett Early Childhood Institute and as the executive director of early childhood education for Denver Public Schools. She has volunteered and worked in non-profit and government roles supporting families with young children for over 30 years.
Anna Jo Garcia Haynes is the President Emeritus of Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers, which operate eight centers in Denver’s inner city for children from families with limited resources. Anna Jo is a long time advocate for children and their families and in that capacity served as the chair for Denver Public Schools/City of Denver Early Childhood Council, appointed by the Superintendent and the Mayor. Anna Jo was also the founding chairperson of the Colorado Children’s Campaign and past president of the Woman’s Foundation of Colorado, Current Co-Chair of the Early Childhood Leadership Commission for Colorado appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper and Board Member for Mayor Hancock’s Education Compact.
Additional Board Service has included: Past Board Chair, Clayton Foundation, Denver Foundation Board of Trustees, Founding Co-Chair Qualistar Colorado, Hunt Alternatives Fund, Future Black Women Leadership Institute, Circle of Latina Leadership.
Bruce has over 40 years of experience working in education policy and early education. He was most recently a Principal at Education Commission of the States. He has served as Chief of Staff for a Lieutenant Governor; Executive Vice President of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, and he worked in Governor Romer and Governor Ritters’ policy offices on education issues. He was President and CEO of a nonprofit child-care center serving low-income single parent families, Executive Director of the City of Boulder’s Children’s Services, Executive Director of the Family Resource Schools in Denver Public Schools, and served on the faculty at both the University of Denver and CU Boulder as a child development specialist. Bruce has 10 years of direct teaching experience. He was the “Educator of the Year,” has received an Early Childhood Lifetime Achievement Award, and was awarded a Champion for Children award. In addition, Bruce has produced multiple national publications on topics such as assessments in the early years, transitions, quality in the early years, full day kindergarten, governance systems in early childhood, etc. Bruce has a wife, three adult children, 7 grandchildren, lives in the mountains of Colorado and loves to travel and fish.
Dr. Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life’s work is centered on ensuring children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her classes are focused on ensuring teachers are aware of how issues of equity, privilege, and power impact teaching practices. Rosemarie has served in directorship roles with the Colorado Department of Human Services, most recently in the Division of Youth Corrections (DYC). As Director of Programs at DYC, she was responsible for the education, health, and mental health of all adjudicated youth in the State. She was also responsible for the professional development of all Division staff members in order to ensure state-wide culture change. From 2007-2012 Rosemarie served as the Director of the Division of Child Care. In that role, she oversaw the State’s child care licensing program, the federal child care assistance program, the redesign of the State’s quality rating and improvement system, the implementation of the State’s professional development plan, and assisted in the creation of Colorado’s early learning guidelines.
Rosemarie is a national expert on racial equity, implicit bias and culturally responsive practices, speaking at conferences across the country. She is the Equity Expert for 9News KUSA with a weekly segment on racial equity at all levels of society. Dr. Allen is a respected keynote speaker and has the distinct honor of being appointed as a “Global Leader” for Early Childhood and works with professionals from more than 80 countries, sharing inspiration and information on issues impacting children and families worldwide. Rosemarie earned her B. A. from California State University, Master’s of Education from Lesley University and Doctorate in Leadership for Educational Equity at the University of Colorado, Denver.
I’m Amanda Escarcida, a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I am an early-childhood professional with over eight years of experience. I have been teaching in a preschool for the past three years. I have also worked closely with licensing specialists, legislation and most recently shadowed a director of an ELC.
Karla Garcia is a current MSU Denver student majoring in Early Childhood Education. During her time at MSU Denver she has worked in field placements ranging from pre-kindergarten to second grade and private schools to Tier 1 schools. After graduating this coming December 2023, she hopes to begin working in public schools directly with children.
Alexis Hobson is a student at MSU Denver. Alexis will student teach and graduate in the fall of 2023. Alexis has an associate degree in early childhood education. She is certified in GOLD Interrater Reliability Certification, Preschool/Pre-K and A Project Learning Tree Workshop. Work experience related to ECE consists of field experience in a third grade classroom teaching a 3 part lesson plan, and working with students K-5 for over 4 years.
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