Mile High Early Learning is Denver’s oldest and largest provider of subsidized quality early childhood care and education—serving thousands of Denver’s vulnerable children every year since 1970.

Mile High Early Learning News

2019 Stone Soup Celebration

Learn more about Stone Soup, and make your donation!

Go here to see photos and our recap of the event!

Special thanks to the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation, this year’s Presenting Sponsor!

Summer 2019 Child Development Associate (CDA) Training & Seminar

Earn your CDA training hours online this summer and receive up to 10 hours of face-to-face or virtual coaching. This online cohort begins on June 3rd and ends on September 29th. The seminar will be held on Saturday, October 5th.

Register online or contact Mikayla Martinez at mikaylam@milehighearlylearning.org or (303) 962-2624 with questions or to learn more.

More details available here.

 Unveiling of Anna Jo Garcia Haynes Early Learning Center

Anna Jo Garcia Haynes

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.
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  CDA Gold Standard Awarded to Mile High Early Learning

Mile High Early Learning has been awarded the Child Development Associate (CDA) Gold Standard following a quality review of the organization’s training and student services by the Council for Professional Recognition. The CDA Gold Standard is part of the Council’s early childhood education effort to help CDA students find the high-quality training and student services they need in preparation for a career in early childhood education.

Read the press release from January 2018.

Mile High Early Learning teacher Hannah Weil  received her CDA through Mile High Early Learning’s CDA Program. She teaches at Anna Jo Garcia Haynes Early Learning Center.  

Mile High Early Learning’s Child Development Associate Program Featured in The Atlantic

The Art of Teaching the Youngest Students: A Denver child-care provider hopes an in-house training initiative will better prepare educators for a uniquely difficult field.

Read The Atlantic article from August 2017.

The original article was published by Chalkbeat.

Mile High Early Learning Mission

Our mission is to enable all children in Denver to succeed in school by providing resources and education to inspire a lifetime of learning and self-sufficiency.

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.

Message from the President

Dr. Pamela Harris

Dr. Pamela K. Harris
President and CEO
Mile High
Early Learning

Mile High Early Learning has been closing the achievement gap for more than 45 years. We reach more than 9,000 children annually throughout our programs. Our vision is to cultivate every child’s unique potential. Using a Montessori inspired approach, children develop social competency, a habit of concentration, initiative and persistence, pride in the physical environment and a life-long joy of learning—all qualities which engender school success and responsible and engaged citizens.

Our seven early learning centers across Denver can serve more than 500 children each day. Our two drop-in centers, in partnership with Denver Human Services and Denver Courts, provide a safe and healthy setting for their clients’ children. We provide community education and outreach programs for Family, Friend and Neighbor care providers as well as parents through our programs Babies Ready for College, Short & Sweet Book Clubs, and Play and Learn Groups.

Through our Professional Learning Center, we offer opportunities for our staff and the community to enhance their education and credentials. The Child Development Associate program offers a foundational credential in early childhood education for those just entering the field. Our partnership with University of Colorado Denver provides a Master of Arts degree with emphasis in social justice.

We remain deeply committed to ensuring that all children have access to quality early care and education. I welcome you to join us to make a difference in children’s lives.