United For Families
Promote healthy development and academic success for young children by increasing access to high-quality childcare and education, providing training for parents and caregivers, and investing in innovative community programs.
How The Program Works
Through a community-led approach, we are expanding access to high-quality early childhood education, so more children can enter kindergarten ready to thrive.
Why EARLY EDUCATION MATTERS
90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first few years of life, laying the foundation for future learning and achievement.¹ Children who participate in quality early childhood education experience higher graduation rates and lifetime earnings.
Mile High United Way is committed to improving our childcare landscape and to moving the needle on school readiness through our United for Families program.
IMPACT AT A GLANCE
The Mobile Preschool
The HIPPY Program
During our first Women United Village, more than 100 families received supplies to help care for their little ones, including diapers, strollers, car seats, and more.
Through the United for Families initiative, Mile High United Way offers the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program to families working to ensure all children begin school kindergarten ready.
On June 12, 2021 Mile High United Way was thrilled to celebrate the first-ever graduation ceremony for HIPPY students and their parents.
Molly Yost, Mile High United Way’s Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, shares how our United for Families initiative is moving the needle on school readiness in Metro Denver.
OUR 2025 GOALS
Increase the number of licensed, high-quality, affordable childcare slots by 35% in each of our target neighborhoods.
Increase the number of informal caregivers and parents who are receiving multi-generational early childhood education training for lasting impact.
United for Families
Invest in Mile High United Way’s community programs, like United for Families, to help children get a strong start in life.