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

Mile High Early Learning is suspending education services starting March 16, 2020. Services will resume on May 4, 2020.

Dear Mile High Early Learning Families,

I hope that you and your family are well during this difficult and unprecedented period in our history.

Based on the information that we continue to gather and evaluate, Mile High Early Learning will be extending its suspension of center-based educational services until Monday, May 4.

We are making sure that we have the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC, Office of Head Start, Colorado Office of Early Childhood, Colorado Department of Health and Human Services, and Colorado Department of Licensing.

Please know that we are continuing to weigh all of the factors in ensuring the safety of our community—our children, families, and staff—in making this determination.

This is the longest period of time that Mile High Early Learning has had its doors closed to children and families, and I want you to know that we are deeply concerned about the repercussions for our enrolled children and families every day.

You should be hearing from your child’s teacher weekly as well as your Family and Community Advocate. Please be sure to share with them any of your concerns or needs that you have. Thank you for filling out the needs assessment survey so we can continue to make sure we’re making resources that are needed available to all.

Stay well and take care.



Pamela Harris, PhD, President & CEO

2020 Stone Soup Celebration

After careful consideration and thorough discussions, we made the challenging decision to cancel Stone Soup due to concerns about COVID-19. We plan to honor Walter and Christie Isenberg and recognize our sponsors at an event later this year.

To make a donation in support of Stone Soup, please visit our Stone Soup event page.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Anna & John J. Sie Foundation!

Minh Lê is the author of Drawn Together — winner of numerous awards including the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature — and a federal early childhood policy expert.

Demonstrating the spirit of humanity locally, nationally, and around the world.

Master of Arts in Learning, Developmental and Family Sciences

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 focuses on two areas: leadership in urban and diverse communities and family diversity and social justice. Learn more!

Read an overview of the program or learn more.

Child Development Associate (CDA) Training & Seminar

Learn more about and register for our fully online CDA Training & Seminar!

View program details

Learn more and register

Classes start on June 8, 2020.

Contact Mikayla Martinez at or (303) 962-2624 with questions.

 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 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 Denver’s most vulnerable children for almost 50 years. We serve over 8,000 children and families annually. At seven early learning centers in some of Denver’s poorest neighborhoods, we offer year-round early childhood programs for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. We provide training for Family, Friend, & Neighbor (FFN) caregivers through Babies Ready for College, which provides parents and FFN caregivers of young children with vital information about how children’s brains grow and ways to facilitate that growth so that their children will succeed in school. We provide education and training with hands-on practical experiences to early learning professionals through our nationally recognized Professional Learning Center, and operate two drop-in care centers in partnership with the City of Denver.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is deeply embedded in our work. Our vision through all of our programming is that children, families, and staff of all racial, cultural, economic, and social backgrounds are joyfully welcomed into a learning community that prioritizes equity and finds strength in diversity. We are inspired to live out this commitment and to share what we are learning so that others in our field can also create equitable early learning programs. It was an honor to accept the 2019 Inclusive Leader Award for Early Childhood Education from GlobalMindED, a nonprofit innovation network of inclusive leaders who are committed to creating a capable, diverse talent pipeline across industries and sectors, nationally and globally. This award recognizes leaders developing and championing inclusive and equitable organizations and practices; it is a testament to Mile High Early Learning’s work around race and equity and represents international recognition for our organization.

I am excited to represent early childhood service providers as a member of the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC), Colorado’s federally-authorized state advisory council for early childhood. The role of the ECLC is to be a statewide leader, subject matter expert, and champion of best and promising practices throughout the state. I and 17 other early childhood leaders who serve on the ECLC – including Mile High Early Learning Board Member Kate Kennedy Reinemund and Community Leadership Board Member Bruce Hoyt – will work tirelessly to improve outcomes for young children in Colorado.

I welcome you to join Mile High Early Learning in our work to cultivate every child’s unique potential, and to help us provide children with the resources and education they need to succeed in school.