African American Education Network

Black Families Matter

Welcome to the African American Education Network. The purpose of this website is to provide African American students, parents and families with a tool to help navigate PreK-20 education in Denver and beyond. On the site, you will find useful links to DPS student supports and services, college and careers, scholarships, and community-based organizations that provide tutoring and other academic enrichment. In addition, you will find updates on community events, the latest research related to African American students, and resources that will assist students and families in exploring the richness of African American history and culture.

News and Upcoming Events

Student Resources


Middle and High School

General Student Supports

College and Career Options

Scholarships and Financial Resources

Internship Programs and Opportunities

DPS Programs for Students

Student Academic Support and Enrichment

Online Resources

Places to Visit

  • The Black American West Museum and Heritage Center highlights the history of cowboys, homesteaders, ranchers, farmers, miners, and the military in the West, and the Five Points Neighborhood of Denver. Learn more:
  • The Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library showcases the many contributions of African Americans to Colorado and the West through personal and professional papers, publications, photographs, works of art and other memorabilia. Learn more and visit:
  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Learn more:

Family Resources

Parent and Student Portals

Parent and Student Portals:

  • Keep track of assignments your student turned in, check out their most recent grades and view past grades with your student.
  • Support your student in getting to class ready to learn. View if they’re arriving to class on time, discuss classes they may have missed and learn about possible behavioral concerns.
  • Review your student’s schedule, see their subject areas, and understand what days and times they’re attending which classes.
  • Explore other tools and apps that are available to you and your student.

DPS Departments with Resources for Families

Board of Education

The Denver Board of Education is the policymaking body for Colorado’s largest school district, and the board’s powers and duties are established in state law:

FACE Centers

FACE Centers, (formally named the Center for Family Opportunity), in partnership with Mile High United Way, offer free wraparound services to community members 16 or older in order to obtain critical life skills and increase their economic self-sufficiency and the academic achievements of their students. The centers offer a variety of multi-generation services at one location, making it convenient for families to benefit from multiple services offered in their school community. Participants do not have to be parents of Denver Public Schools students, all services are open to all community members. Learn more.


  • McGlone Academy, 4500 Crown Boulevard Denver, CO 80239, 720-424-2961
  • College View Elementary, 2675 S. Decatur St Denver, CO 80219, 720-424-8688

Families First Colorado

Parenting is hard! Parenting teenagers can be even harder! If you have questions about or need support with parenting, Families First offers a variety of groups, classes, and a free support line for parents. Services are offered in English and Spanish. 1-877-695-7996 | 1-866-LAS FAMILIAS

My Denver Card

DPS students may qualify for a My Denver Card, which gives students free access to recreation centers, pools and cultural facilities across the city! Go to for more information.

Reduced or Free Wi-Fi

Internet Essentials from Comcast offers a program to receive affordable internet at home for eligible households. Please use this link to apply:

Colorado PEAK Benefits

PEAK is an online service for Coloradans to screen and apply for medical, food, cash, and early childhood assistance programs. Learn more:

Mile High United Way Helpline 2-1-1

If your family needs help finding community resources and services, a good place to start is the Mile High United Way’s Helpline. Call 2-1-1 or search online at

The United Way’s 2-1-1 provides connections to local resources and services for:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Rent/Utility Aid
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Substance Abuse
  • Child Care Options
  • Senior Issues
  • Medical and Dental Care
  • Immigration Information
  • Prescriptions
  • Mental Health
  • Home Repair
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Donations
  • 2-1-1 also provides help with seasonal needs such as tax preparation assistance, school supplies and holiday needs

By providing families with expert insight, information and resources, serves to help parents set their school-age children up for year-round success in school.

DenverRAP (The Denver Resource for Awareness and Prevention)

DenverRAP (The Denver Resource for Awareness and Prevention) is your community-based source of information and tools to help identify and prevent teen alcohol and drug abuse.
Our goal is to promote fun, healthy, and positive lifestyle choices:


Submit an Event

Community Resources

The African American Equity Task Force Recommendations

  • The African American Equity Task Force was asked to develop and present a set of prioritized recommendations to help close the Opportunity Gap for our African American students and educators. Since the adoption of the recommendations by the Board of Education in June of 2017, five implementation teams have been created with the task of driving results toward each of the recommendations. Read the recommendations.

Research and Reports


Watch videos of EDUCA’s radio show with Allen Smith and Leslie L. Juniel as they cover different aspects of DPS and take a look at how collaboration within our communities can help us further engage, inform and improve

  • WATCH: Volunteer Appreciation, with Brenda Vasquez, Manager, Volunteer Services (DPS) and Reverend Dr. Eugene Downing from New Hope Baptist Church
  • WATCH: Student Voice and Leadership, with Solicia Lopez, Director of Student Voice & Leadership and students Kevante H. and Avery W.
  • WATCH: New Graduation Requirements, with Antonio Esquibel, Executive Director of the Office of College and Career Readiness and Kimberly Grayson, Principal, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College.
  • WATCH: College Planning and Preparation, with Dr. Jeff Ederer, Founding Principal of College Route Map; Frank Lee (Morehouse College) and Ashley Clark (Hampton University) alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); and Mr. Obinna Onyeali, Denver Scholarship Foundation
    Future Center College Advisor.
  • WATCH: College Planning and Preparation, with Regional Executive Director of College Track, Vanecia Kerr and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Denver Alumnae Chapter Officer, Deon Estes
  • WATCH: CareerConnect Apprenticeship Program, with Work-Based Learning Coordinator, Emily Takimoto, DPS student Seven Breaux, and Senior Field Engineer with the University of Colorado Denver Campus, Scott Altman
  • WATCH: Whole Child Supports, with members of the Student Equity & Opportunity team, Jay Grimm and Charmaine Keeton.
  • WATCH: Suicide Prevention, with Dr. Jane Lineman-Coffman, Student Safety Coordinator (DPS) and Dr. Tara Jae, Founder & Executive Director of Youth Seen
  • WATCH: Bond Improvements in the Near and Far Northeast, with Michael O’Keeffe, Deputy Chief of Operations, Trena Deane, Executive Director of Facility Management and Instructional Superintendent, Tony Smith

News Archives

  • Coming soon

Local Community Resources

National Community Resources

Black Greek Letter Organizations

Fair Housing Specialist-Investigator- Denver Metro Fair Housing Center

The Denver Metro Fair Housing Center (DMFHC) has an opening for a Fair Housing Specialist-Investigator. The DMFHC is dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination and promoting housing choice for all people through education, advocacy, and enforcement of fair housing laws. DMFHC is a private non-profit organization established in 2012 with the support of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) with funding provided by the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) grant. DMFHC is active in six Denver Metro counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson.

View the position description and application instructions here.

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