Providing a quality educational experience, inspired by the Montessori approach, for children farthest from resources.

Providing a quality educational experience, inspired by the Montessori approach, for children farthest from resources.

Join us for Stone Soup – “Innovation in Early Childhood”

This year’s annual fundraising event and convening of early childhood leaders and supporters will celebrate and highlight innovation in early childhood education.

Visit our Stone Soup page to learn more about Stone Soup 2024 and to become a sponsor!

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.

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.

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

We celebrated the grand opening of our newest early learning center on January 24, 2024! The Rose on Colfax Early Learning Center is currently enrolling children for our preschool, toddler, and infant classrooms. This state-of-the-art facility — located at 1500 Valentia Street — has over 2,000 square feet of covered outdoor play space that allows for year-round gross motor activity for our children. Read the press release to learn more about this new development and our partnership with Mercy Housing! Go here to see a video news segment from Denver7.



Mile High United Way hosted a groundbreaking on March 31, 2023 for the new early childhood education center at the United Way building on 711 Park Avenue. This early learning center will be operated by Mile High Early Learning and will provide quality early education slots for up to 60 families in Five Points and the surrounding neighborhoods. The center will include five rooms: two for infants, two for toddlers and one for preschool-age children. It will also include a state-of-the-art playground. Watch this video to learn more!


Congratulations to our President & CEO Dr. Pamela Harris for being named a 2023 Titan 100! This is the second year in a row that Dr. Harris has received this honor through the TITAN 100 program, which recognizes Colorado’s Top 100 CEOs & C-level executives. They are the area’s most accomplished leaders in their industry using criteria that include demonstrating exceptional leadership, vision, and passion. Learn more at


As we celebrate the past 50 years providing services to children farthest from resources, we also envision what is possible for the next 50 years. Our 2022 strategic framework, which was adopted by our Board of Directors in June 2022, is the product of hundreds of hours gathering the thoughts, ideas, and dreams of Mile High Early Learning families, staff, and key stakeholders. Our Initiatives are centered on three focus areas where Mile High Early Learning will prioritize its work for the next one to two years. Download our new strategic framework.



Our Mission and Vision for Equity

Mile High Early Learning ensures all children thrive by cultivating every child’s potential, engaging families, and championing our early learning workforce. 

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.


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