Mile High Early Learning is Denver’s oldest and largest provider of subsidized quality early childhood care and education—serving thousands of Denver’s vulnerable children every year since 1970.

Mile High Early Learning News

2018 Stone Soup Breakfast

Mile High Early Learning’s Fifth Annual Stone Soup: Gathering Community, Nourishing Children will take place on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:30 am at The Curtis in downtown Denver. Chief Justice Amy L. Nechtem of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court will be our guest speaker and Colorado Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey and Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care Leaders will be honored at the event.

Learn more about the event – including sponsorship opportunities.

CDA Gold Standard Awarded to Mile High Early Learning

Mile High Early Learning has been awarded the Child Development Associate (CDA) Gold Standard following a quality review of the organization’s training and student services by the Council for Professional Recognition. The CDA Gold Standard is part of the Council’s early childhood education effort to help CDA students find the high-quality training and student services they need in preparation for a career in early childhood education.

Read the press release from January 2018.

Mile High Early Learning teacher Hannah Weil, who recently received her CDA through Mile High Early Learning’s CDA Program, works with a child at our Edna Oliver Early Learning Center.  

Mile High Early Learning’s Child Development Associate Program Featured in The Atlantic

The Art of Teaching the Youngest Students: A Denver child-care provider hopes an in-house training initiative will better prepare educators for a uniquely difficult field.

Read The Atlantic article from August 2017.

The original article was published by Chalkbeat.

Fall 2017 Child Development Associate (CDA) Training and Seminar

Training is aligned with NAEYC’s Standards for Early Childhood Preparation, Colorado’s Competencies for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators, as well as the Council for Professional Recognition’s Subject Areas and Competency Standards. Includes 16 additional hours of coaching support; assisting CDA Candidates with portfolio preparation, exam review, and understanding of the verification visit process.
Read the flyer about CDA Training at MHEL.

Pay $400 registration fee online (does not include CDA application fee)

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.
visits Edna Oliver Early Learning Center

King-Harris-Haynes_01On August 1, 2016, Mile High Early Learning’s Edna Oliver Early Learning Center hosted U.S. Secretary of Education John  B. King Jr. during his trip to highlight the work Colorado is doing to improve access to high-quality early learning.

Read more about Secretary King’s visit.

Secretary King with Mile High Early Learning President Dr. Pamela K. Harris and President Emeritus Anna Jo Haynes.


Mile High Early Learning Mission

Mile High Early Learning is committed to providing high quality early childhood education for low income children in order to prepare them for continued success in school.

Our priority goals and objectives are:
  • To offer a quality educational experience
  • To provide a professional workforce
  • To exemplify effective leadership
  • To continue the ongoing efforts to cultivate innovative partnerships
  • To assure fiscal health and sustainability

Message from the President

Dr. Pamela Harris

Dr. Pamela K. Harris
President and CEO
Mile High Early Learning

Mile High Early Learning is the largest and oldest provider of subsidized quality early care and education in Denver. Our mission is to ensure that our most vulnerable children have an opportunity to succeed in school and in life. Using a Montessori inspired approach, we help the children we serve by fostering in them social competency, a habit of concentration, initiative and persistence, pride in the physical environment and a life-long joy of learning—all qualities which engender school success and responsible and engaged citizens.

Our five early learning centers across Denver can serve more than 500 children each day. Our two drop-in centers, in partnership with Denver Human Services and Denver Courts, provide a safe and healthy setting for their clients’ children. At our Northeast Learning Center, we have community education and outreach programs for Family, Friend and Neighbor care providers as well as parents. Programs such as Babies Ready for College and Play and Learn Groups are focused on supporting children’s growth and development by working with parents and caregivers.

Last year, we served over 626 diverse families and children in our centers from the Denver metro area and nearly 400 parents, children and caregivers in our community outreach programs. Additionally, we received more than 7,500 visits at our two drop-in locations operated in partnership with the City of Denver.

We remain deeply committed to ensuring that all children have access to quality early care and education. I welcome you to join us to make a difference in children’s lives.