Community Priority

Giving Children a Strong Start

When families are thriving, children are thriving.

A child’s earliest experiences – before they even enter school – can determine their ability to succeed for the rest of their lives. Mile High United Way believes that every child, regardless of zip code, should have a fair start in life. We are working to ensure all children in our community enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

Our Programs

How We are giving children a strong start

Mile High United Way's United for Families in supporting Family Friend and Neighbor Care and expanding access to quality early childhood education

United for Families

We promote academic success for young children by increasing access to high-quality childcare, providing training for parents and caregivers, and investing in early education programs.

211 Help Center

We provide Colorado Shines Childcare Referral, a free childcare resource and referral service through our 211 Help Center.

Mile High United Way's 211 Help Center Navigators Connects Callers to Basic Needs like Housing, Food, Rent Assistance, Childcare, Food Benefits, and More
Mile High United Way invest in early education programs across Metro Denver.

Strategic Investment Grants

We invest in community partners that are addressing this complex issue and connect families to licensed childcare providers.


When you give to Mile High United Way, your dollars do more.
We surround our community with the programs and resources that address today’s biggest issues and help prevent tomorrow’s.
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Creating long-term change, one step at a time.
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