Jennifer Landrum | President & CEOThe Denver Preschool Program Board of Directors appointed Jennifer Landrum Chief Executive Officer in May 2013. She brings extensive policy experience in early childhood learning and development, including work on the 2006 Preschool Matters initiative that created the Denver Preschool Program.
As Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign, she successfully advocated for state child care and early education policies that ensure every child has access to a quality early childhood experience and is prepared 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 expansion of regional Early Childhood Councils. She helped pass 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 her expertise in early childhood education is reflected in legislation designed to align education systems from preschool through postsecondary education.
“The Denver Preschool Program is a critical component of the foundation that supports the future success of all children,” Jennifer says.
Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign Jennifer oversaw development, marketing and communications, child care referral, and public policy as Vice President of Advancement for Qualistar Colorado. Jennifer has served on numerous boards and commissions including 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, Colorado’s Early Childhood Summit, Pueblo Girl Scouts – Columbine Council and the Pueblo Workforce Development Board where she co-chaired the Youth Council. She currently serves on the Board of the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition, on the Denver Public Schools Mill Levy Oversight Committee, and is a member of the Colorado Department of Human Services, Quality and Rating and Improvement System Implementation Team.
Jennifer holds a degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University and is a native of Pueblo, Colorado.
Ellen Braun | Director of Communications
Ellen Braun, Director of Communications, began with the Denver Preschool Program in October of 2010. In her tenure she has worn a variety of hats, from managing the preschool provider community, the business management and operations of the organization and most recently managing the organizations communications, community outreach and special events. Key initiatives include planning and executing the annual Preschool Showcase, data management and analysis, financial oversight and, program outreach, early childhood research, and communications. In her role as the Director of Communications, Ellen has overseen several awareness campaigns and re-branding, most notably Ellen directed the 2014 strategic brand platform and expression project.
Ellen has a Masters of Educational Psychology in Human Development and a bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received an Education Award from Americorps for her work with the Denver Preschool Program. Ellen was also a part of the 2014 Impact Denver, a 6 month program lead by the Metro Chamber that provides up-and-coming leaders with an introduction to local business and civic issues, the opportunity to learn from community leaders and experts, volunteer opportunities and networking and mentorship opportunities to promote civic, professional and personal growth.
Ellen is originally from Minnesota, but is proud to call Colorado home. She lives in West Wash Park and enjoys spending time with friends and being outdoors in the beautiful Colorado landscape.
Chris Miller | Director of Quality InitiativesChris Miller joined Denver Preschool Program in April 2015 as its Director of Quality Initiatives. Chris has worked closely with the DPP provider community since late 2011 and brings nearly a decade of combined experience in the early childhood, health promotion and community outreach fields to his new role. Most recently Chris was the Manager of Quality Improvement Initiatives at Denver’s Early Childhood Council (DECC) where he oversaw quality improvement contracts from both the Denver Preschool Program and the Colorado Department of Human Services. Chris led DECC’s Early Learning Program Committee and served on the new Early Childhood Professional Credential and Trainer Approval Task Forces organized by the Colorado Department of Education. Prior to joining DECC, Chris was the DPP Operation Specialist at Qualistar Colorado. In this role he served as the main contact for all DPP providers to join the program, complete their annual provider renewal agreement, schedule their quality rating, maintain DPP’s insurance requirements and orient new directors to DPP’s available resources.
Chris is committed to working with the DPP provider community and ensuring DPP’s quality improvement resources continue to innovate and support all providers in the best ways possible. He is especially invested in the dedicated teaching and administrative staff members who teach and care for Denver’s preschoolers on a daily basis.
Chris is a native of Colorado. He spends his off hours playing basketball and spending time with his young family. Chris holds a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Tricia Nelson | Executive AssistantTricia joined the Denver Preschool Program in July 2016. Prior to joining, she spent seven years at Family Flex Early Education Center, a DPP participant school. As Assistant Director, Tricia was responsible for the daily operations of the school and for ensuring its staff continued to provide high-quality education to children ages 0-5.
Tricia has a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Studies from the University of Minnesota. She has been a part of the early education field since 2004, where she was a teacher in the University of Minnesota’s Child Development Center.
Tricia grew up in Minnesota but has been a Denver resident since 2009. In her free time she enjoys skiing, hiking, attending concerts and exploring the great state of Colorado.