Message from the President: Our Commitment to Equity

Dr. Pamela Harris

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.

The people I saw in downtown Denver this weekend were 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

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 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.

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Child Development Associate (CDA) Training & Seminar

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

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Classes start on June 8, 2020.

Contact Mikayla Martinez at mikaylam@milehighearlylearning.org 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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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.