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Research shows that the first three years of life are the most important for development and learning. The Early Intervention program provides service coordination and additional supports for families with children 0-3 years old.  Our program provides you with tools to best support your child’s development, allowing them to reach their full potential.

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Cindy Lichti

Vice President of Programs and Services

Cindy joined the DP team in August 1979 and has responsibility for leading the programmatic services and supports offered through Community Outreach and Early Intervention.  Having devoted her career to working in behalf of people with developmental disabilities and delays she has experience in running or overseeing every service/program within the agency.  She is skilled and highly trained in management and supervision, developmental disabilities and early childhood rules and regulations, complex Medicaid Waiver implementation and oversight, budget management and non-profit leadership.  Cindy proudly holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Social Work from Colorado State University and a Masters of Public Administration for the University of Colorado at Denver.


Michele Coates, MA

Director of Early Intervention

Michele has been a leader in the field of early intervention and early childhood education for more than 25 years as an educator, trainer, and program administrator in child and family systems.  She received her BA in English/Communication and her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Denver.  She was the founding Director for the Fisher Early Learning Center, which is a model for inclusive practice and has worked in the Early Intervention Department for Developmental Pathways for more than 9 years.  Michele has served as an educational consultant and trainer (Colorado Shines PDIS, Early Intervention, Environmental Planning and Inclusive Practice: Denver Public Schools, Sewall Child Development Center, Fisher Early Learning Center, University of Denver Summer Institute, and the Goals 2000 Project). She developed curriculum and served as an administrator for birth to eight programming in special education, early intervention, and early childhood systems.  Michele is passionate about supporting each family’s expertise and capacity for enhancing their child’s learning, development, and potential.

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