Director, Colorado Early Learning Partnership
Bruce Atchison has worked on behalf of children and families for 30 years. He is the current director at Colorado Early Learning Partnership, which seeks to influence local and state leadership with an agenda of promoting children’s school readiness and well-being from birth to age eight. As the former chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien, he was responsible for operations and policy recommendations specific to early childhood education, K-12 reform initiatives, children’s health and wellness initiatives, aerospace, American Indian affairs, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, the arts, and other special projects. As a member of the Governor’s senior staff, he also participated on the Governor’s Cabinet. Prior to working in the Ritter administration, Bruce was executive vice president of the Colorado Children’s Campaign and the campaign’s lobbyist. Before that he served in Governor Romer’s administration as director of Head Start-State Collaboration. He was director of Boulder’s Children’s Services Division, executive director of Family Resource Schools for Denver Public Schools, and executive director of a United Way-funded child care center and infant nursery. He served on the faculty of the University of Denver’s Department Speech Pathology and Audiology and on the faculty of the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Department of Communication Disorders and Speech Science. Bruce has more than 10 years of classroom teaching experience and holds degrees in fine arts, education (with a certification) and early childhood special education. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2008, and currently serves on the Executive Committee and is the Chair of the Public Policy Committee.