For the past 20 years, Jennifer Landrum has worked in the field of early childhood education and development as a policy advocate at the school district, city, county and state levels. Jennifer served as the President and CEO of the Denver Preschool Program (DPP) from May 2013 through January 2019. DPP makes quality preschool possible for all 4-year-olds in Denver through a .15 percent sales tax first approved by voters in 2006. In November 2014, Jennifer successfully led the program through a ballot initiative that renewed and expanded the program through 2026. Under her leadership, DPP continuously increased tuition support to families year-over-year; directed more funding to families living below 300 percent of the federal poverty level guidelines; reinstated summer programming that had been cut in 2010; transitioned to a new Quality Improvement Framework that emphasized the importance of positive teacher-student interactions and included achievement awards to teachers, directors and programs; and strengthened its child outcomes and organizational evaluation programs.
Prior to joining DPP, Jennifer served at the Colorado Children’s Campaign for seven years—ultimately as Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives—advocating for state child care and early education policies that support access to quality early childhood experiences for Colorado’s youngest children and prepare them to enter school ready to learn and succeed. These initiatives included enhancing early childhood services—child care and education, family support and health care—through the expansion of Colorado’s regional Early Childhood Councils, legislation to improve the quality of infant and toddler care and increase the number of low-income infants and toddlers served by high-quality early childhood education programs, and expansions to the Colorado Preschool Program. Her expertise in early learning is reflected in legislation designed to align Colorado’s education system from preschool through postsecondary education, in Colorado’s READ Act, and in the legislation that created the Office of Early Childhood.
Jennifer’s previous roles include: Vice President of Advancement for Qualistar Colorado, Early Childhood Community Liaison for Pueblo City Schools, and Director of Development at the YWCA of Pueblo, Colo. She currently serves on the boards of directors for the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition and the Children’s Museum Denver at Marsico Campus. Previously she served on Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Education Compact and his Children’s Cabinet; the Denver Public Schools Mill Levy Oversight Committee, the Early Childhood and School Readiness Commission’s Governance Task Force; the Smart Start Colorado State System’s Team, where she co-chaired the Policy Task Force; the Pueblo Girl Scouts – Columbine Council Board; the Pueblo Workforce Development Board, where she co-chaired the Youth Council; and the Board of the Pueblo Chapter of the American Heart Association, where she served as secretary.
Jennifer holds a degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University, and is a native of Pueblo, Colorado.
Favorite Book/Movie: Out of Africa
Personal Hero: Anna Jo Haynes
Hometown Fun Fact: At one time, Pueblo was known to have more bars than churches!
Favorite Thing To Do in Colorado: The Lanternfest
Why Vaccinate: Vaccinating children not only promotes their own health and well being it also promotes Colorado's health and well being. It is an act of love and community for ourselves and for every person we come in contact with.