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 2024

Gathering Community, Nourishing Children

We had an amazing 10th Annual Stone Soup fundraising breakfast!

This year we celebrated 10 years of convening childhood leaders and supporters through Stone Soup! Our 2024 event focused on innovation, which is key to each of our strategic initiatives: Program Excellence, Workforce Enhancement, and Community Building.  After 10 years of Stone Soup, our children and families continue to thrive because of the creative strategies that Mile High Early Learning is implementing to increase access to high quality early care and education for under-resourced children and families.

Guests learned about our new “Growing the Early Childhood Workforce” program to recruit and train early childhood teachers and help them access our existing continuing education programs that have proven to successfully launch new early learning professionals. Watch this video to learn more! 

Elizabeth Groginsky – New Mexico’s Cabinet Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Care, discussed her work to transform the state’s child care system, and Marlene De La Rosa and Jenalee Ceballos Romo shared about the innovative programs and partnerships that have helped their children and families thrive. Click here to view photos from the event!

Thank you for joining us at Denver Botanic Gardens and supporting innovation in early childhood education!

Download the sponsorship packet!

If you have questions, contact Nathan Harlan, director of development, at or 303-962-2634.

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Become a sponsor or purchase tickets!

Use the links below to make your sponsorship donation or to purchase tickets!

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 2024 sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Alix and John

Executive Chef Sponsor

The Barton Family Foundation

Sous Chef Sponsors

Rob and Sharon Link

Dave and Debbie Younggren

Chef de Partie Sponsors

Mile High United Way

Pamela Harris and Brad Clemmons


Barb and John Astuno

The Colorado Trust

Commis Chef Sponsors

Adele and Gerry Phelan

Susan Burks

Lynea Hansen

Gary Philanthropy

Mike Johnson and Carol Friesen

Philanthropy Expert

The Standard

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!