Children’s Campaign Founder Anna Jo Haynes Inducted into CO Women’s Hall of Fame
We extend our sincere congratulations to Colorado Children’s Campaign founder and community leader Anna Jo Haynes, who will be inducted into the 2016 class of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. The Women’s Hall of Fame “recognizes, honors and preserves the contributions of trail-blazing Colorado women.”
Anna Jo is a Colorado native who has dedicated her life to changing life circumstances for vulnerable populations. Anna Jo has not only taken part in major social movements, she has created and led them, and she serves as a mentor and voice of wisdom for others who are doing the same. From civil rights activist to child and family advocate, Anna Jo has championed programs and policies that have changed the lives of thousands upon thousands of people.
Among her innumerable accomplishments, Anna Jo has: chaired the Congress of Racial Equality, one of the “Big Four” civil rights organizations, along with the SCLC, the SNCC, and the NAACP; served as a consultant to the White House Conference on Children and Youth, and as a member of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues; helped found Metro Denver Childcare, now Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers, which has become a national model, providing more than 40,000 low-income children a strong start in life and school; served as president of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado; and led the creation of many effective state programs, including the Colorado Preschool Program, and several successful ballot initiatives, including the Denver Preschool Program.
Anna Jo will be honored at the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony in March, 2016.