Celebrating 50 years of high quality early care and education!
Click here to download a brief overview of our history and see highlights from the past half century!
We celebrated our 50th anniversary at our Stone Soup Celebration on June 23, 2022 at Denver Botanic Gardens. Visit our Stone Soup page to learn more!
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 murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and others 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
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.
Congratulations to our President & CEO Dr. Pamela Harris for being named a 2022 Titan 100! The TITAN 100 program 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 titan100.biz/2022coloradotitan100
Mile High Early Learning has been awarded The Succeeds Prize in Early Childhood Education! On August 18, 2021, Colorado Succeeds announced six winners of The Succeeds Prize, the most prestigious award for Colorado educators honoring transformational impact being led across the state. The Succeeds Prize also serves as a year-long campaign to implement and scale successful innovations and best practices, so every student in Colorado can benefit. View the press release! And watch the 9NEWS profile of Mile High Early Learning!
Mile High Early Learning is a 2021 Gallagher Best-in-Class employer! This award recognizes Mile High Early Learning’s commitment to supporting better employee well-being and building a resilient organizational culture. You can learn more about what it means to be Best-in-Class at www.ajg.com/us/workforce-trends-best-in-class-2021
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
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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