Mile High Early Learning
The mission of Mile High Early Learning (MHEL) is to enable all children to succeed in school by providing resources and education to inspire a lifetime of learning and self-sufficiency. MHEL works to cultivate every child’s unique potential – with a focus on those in under-resourced communities who have limited access to quality early childhood programs. MHEL serves over 7,000 children and families each year through its programs, which include:
Early Learning Centers: We provide year-round early learning programs at seven centers that are in traditionally under-served neighborhoods. During the 2018-19 academic year MHEL served 623 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Of those children, 48% were Hispanic, 30% African American, 12% European American, 8% Multi-racial, 1% Asian American/Pacific Islander/Hawaiian, and 1% Native American. Approximately 92% of children’s families live below 100% of the federal poverty level ($25,750 for a family of four), and many experience housing instability and food insecurity and are dual language learners and newcomers to the country.
Babies Ready for College (BRFC): MHEL engages Family, Friend, & Neighbor (FFN) caregivers through BRFC, which provides parents and FFN caregivers of young children with information and strategies about how children’s brains grow and ways to facilitate that growth. BRFC’s suite of programs includes BRFC:Next Steps, Short & Sweet Book Clubs, and Play and Learn Groups. 641 caregivers, parents, and children participated during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Drop-In Care Centers: MHEL operates two drop-in care centers in partnership with the City of Denver – Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care and Good Beginnings at Denver Human Services. These centers had a combined 5,698 visits during the 2018-19 program year.
MHEL provides education and training with hands-on practical experiences to early learning professionals through its Professional Learning Center, which includes training and coaching for MHEL educators and continuing education programs available to early educators across Colorado:
• The Child Development Associate (CDA) training program focuses on those who are beginning their profession as an early childhood educator including teacher assistants, staff aides, and teachers without previous early childhood education experience. The program is comprised of 120 hours of content training and an additional 25 hours of coaching.
• Our Master of Arts program, designed in partnership with University of Colorado Denver (UCD), focuses on staff and community early childhood educators who are emerging leaders in the field. The MA program focuses on two areas: leadership in urban and diverse communities and family diversity and social justice.
• The Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood Credential is a 120-hour training credential in partnership with UCD that focuses on providing early childhood educators with knowledge and skills to successfully work with children with challenging behaviors and special needs. Participants receive eight credits in Special Education that may be applied towards a BA.
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Pamela Harris, PhD
Executive Director |
Pamela Harris, PhD
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1799 Pennsylvania Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203
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Education, Child care
Annual Events |
Mile High Early Learning hosts a fundraising event - Stone Soup: Gathering Community, Nourishing Children - each spring. We host small gatherings and tours at our centers throughout the year.
More About Organization |
Approximately 50% of children served at our early learning centers are Hispanic, and almost all (99%) of children, parents, and FFN caregivers served through Babies Ready for College are Hispanic.
Latino Organization |
Organization is affiliated with UNIDOS US in Washington, DC. |
Are more than half the people served by your organization Latino or Hispanic |
Staff or Lead the organization are at least 25% Latino or Hispanic |
Board of Directors is at least 25% Latino or Hispanic |