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.

Stone Soup 2023

Gathering Community, Nourishing Children

Join us for our 2023 Stone Soup Celebration and help us celebrate the many contributions and partnerships that it takes to cultivate every child’s unique potential, engage families, and champion our early learning workforce.

When: Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens – UMB Bank Amphitheater
1007 York Street
Denver, CO 80206

All guests will have access to Denver Botanic Gardens after the event!


Mile High Early Learning Centers
Six early learning centers located throughout Denver.
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Become a Sponsor or Purchase Tickets


Interested in a sponsorship? Click here to download our 2023 Stone Soup Sponsor Packet.

Event Sponsorship and Tickets (click on the sponsorship level or ticket link below to access payment links)

Commis Chef Sponsor ($1,500)
Program recognition & a table for 10 

Chef de Partie Sponsor ($2,500)
Program recognition, table for 10, & more

Sous Chef Sponsor ($5,000)
Program recognition, ad, table for 10, & more

Executive Chef Sponsor ($7,500)
VIP event recognition, table for 10, & more

Chef de Cuisine Sponsor ($10,000)
Premier recognition, event banner, table for 10, & more

Stone Soup Presenting Sponsor ($15,000)
Premier recognition, speaking opportunity, table for 10, & more

Tickets are $150 per person. Include your name and the number of tickets with your order.

Purchase Tickets for Stone Soup

Checks may be made payable to Mile High Early Learning and mailed to:

ATTENTION: Stone Soup Breakfast
Mile High Early Learning
616 East Speer Boulevard
Denver, Colorado 80203

For more information, contact Nathan Harlan at or 303-962-2634.

Thanks to our 2023 sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Alix and John

Chef De Cuisine Sponsor

Executive Chef Sponsor

The Barton Family Foundation

Sous Chef Sponsors

Rob and Sharon Link

Dave and Debbie Younggren

Chef de Partie Sponsors

Pamela Harris and Brad Clemmons


Commis Chef Sponsors

Adele and Gerry Phelan

Cody and Seth Belzley

Kristy Adams

Lynea Hansen

Jennifer and Kevin Allen

Mike Johnson and Carol Friesen

BuildStrong Education


Why Stone Soup?

Mile High Early Learning started with a concept developed by Anna Jo Haynes over 40 years ago. In the decades that followed, that concept – which is the stone in our stone soup – has been seasoned by partnerships, civic leaders, communities, volunteers, friends and families, enabling Mile High Early Learning to satisfy a growing hunger and need for subsidized, quality early childhood care and education.

Over the years, new ingredients have been added to our “soup” resulting in improved methods of teaching, better health and social services for our children and their families, and a growing understanding of the power of cooperation and collaboration. These ingredients are what give Mile High Early Learning the flavor that it has today. They enable our “soup” to be shared in Denver’s poorest neighborhoods and our children a chance for a successful start in school.

To continue nourishing Denver’s children with the quality early childhood education they need and deserve, we need to add ingredients to this soup, enhance its flavor and make certain our pot remains full. Thank you for continuing to be a key ingredient in our success.

Visit our Stone Soup 2021 page to watch special guest readers share different versions of our favorite fable, or to see the video of our 2021 virtual event!