Message from the President: Our Commitment to Equity
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
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 aired in January and February and has been featured nationally on NPR’s Here & Now. Read and listen now!
Our Mission and Vision for Equity
The mission of Mile High Early Learning 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 works to cultivate every child’s unique potential – with a focus on those in under-resourced communities who are farthest from resources.
Mile High Early Learning’s 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.