Join us for our annual Stone Soup Celebration on March 2, 2021!
Visit our Stone Soup page to learn more, register for this year’s free event, or see videos with our guest readers sharing their versions of our favorite fable!
You can also donate to Stone Soup and and help us honor our essential workers!
Message from the President: Our Commitment to Equity
Dr. Pamela K. Harris
President and CEO
Mile High Early Learning
Mile High Early Learning strives to fulfill our vision–to joyfully welcome everyone into our learning community, prioritize equity, and find strength in diversity. As we have seen and experienced, the world we live in does not reflect these same values.
The recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd are reprehensible and inexcusable. We grieve for their families’ loss and the loss felt by their communities. We mourn for a future that could have been if not for their deaths.
People in our communities are protesting these senseless deaths and so much more–the systemic and historical inequities for people of color. We are living in a time where these truths are evident every day, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacting people of color with higher rates of infection and death.
Our mission at MHEL is to cultivate every child’s potential. Our children are observing us and acting upon what they see. We know that they recognize unequal treatment based on skin color by age 2; demonstrate social bias by age 3; and recognize and act against racial injustice by ages 4 and 5. Our children and families come from 18 different countries and speak 30 different languages. We have committed in our work to deepen our understanding of race and diversity and to call out and act when we see racism and injustice so that all of our children will thrive.
Part of our work extends beyond the classroom. It’s speaking up when we see racism. It’s advocating for changes in laws and policies that ignore these institutional barriers. It’s making others listen when they want to walk away.
Most individuals are protesting peacefully with a strong and understandable sense of urgency for the rights of African Americans, including a right to live in peace. The people destroying property are but a handful amongst the thousands, and too much attention is being paid to their actions.
We need to listen to the truth being spoken. We do not yet live in a world where everyone is treated equally. We do not yet live in a world where the color of your skin doesn’t limit your destiny. Together we need to create the world where we want to live.
Mile High Early Learning News
Join Us In Celebrating Black History Month!
Each February, Black History Month honors the achievements and contributions of African Americans to the country. Here in Denver, we have numerous opportunities to celebrate Black History Month with lectures, dramatic performances, and music. Learn more here!
Colorado Public Radio’s series, “The Workforce Behind the Workforce,” focuses on shortages throughout the state’s early care and education system. Through six installments, Jenny Brundin highlights several innovative programs supported by Mile High Early Learning and other early childhood programs. The series airs in January and February and has been featured nationally on NPR’s Here & Now. Read and listen now!
Our Master of Arts program, designed in partnership with University of Colorado Denver, focuses on staff and community early childhood educators who are emerging leaders in the early childhood field. The program is now open to the community. Our MA program focuses on two areas: leadership in urban and diverse communities and family diversity and social justice.
Learn more about and register for our fully online CDA Training & Seminar!
Our next round of classes start on February 3, 2021.
Contact Mikayla Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 962-2624 with questions.
On Saturday, June 30, 2018, Mayor Hancock, joined by city, state and educational leaders, dedicated one of the Mile High Early Learning centers to lifetime civil rights activist and advocate for early childhood education, Anna Jo Garcia Haynes. The center, located at 2851 Tremont Street, is now called the Anna Jo Garcia Haynes Early Learning Center.
Mile High Early Learning Mission
Our mission is to enable all children to succeed in school by providing resources and education to inspire a lifetime of learning and self-sufficiency.
Mile High Early Learning is Denver’s oldest and largest provider of subsidized quality early childhood care and education — serving thousands of Denver’s most under-resourced children every year since 1970. Our guiding principles are:
- Every child deserves access to high quality early childhood learning experiences
- Families and parents are key to children’s success in school and in life.
- Staff are valued as professionals with opportunities for ongoing professional development.
- As an inclusive, learning-centered organization, we embrace innovation, assessment, and reflection to continuously improve.
- Through our programs and advocacy, we promote systems-level impacts that support and improve the field.