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Giving Children a Strong Start

A child’s earliest experiences – before they even enter school – can determine their ability to succeed for the rest of their lives.

In Metro Denver, there are only licensed child care spots for 41% of children under age 6 who have working parents.*

What happens when children don't have access to quality care?

*Qualistar and the American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates 2009-2013

The Hard Truth

90%

of a child's brain capacity develops before the age of five.1

6th

Colorado has the 6th least affordable center-based care for 4-year-olds in the US.3

50%

By age 5, 50% of low-income children are not considered school-ready (compared to 25% of moderate and high-income children).2

11%

of Colorado kids ages 1 to 8 had parents who had to quit, change, or not take a job because of problems with child care.4

1. Early Childhood Brain Insights

2. The Brookings Institution Center on Children and Families, "Starting School at a Disadvantage". 2012

3. Parents and the High Cost of Childcare Report 2014

4. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2016 Child Health Survey

Access to quality early childhood experiences is essential for establishing the foundation upon which a life of learning is built.

Mile High United Way supports high-quality early care and education for young children by funding community partners who address these complex issues and connecting them to licensed providers.

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PASO program teaches in-home caregivers how to ensure kindergarten readiness.

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We need your help to give the children in Metro Denver a chance at a Strong Start

Other Ways to support

Give

By giving to the Stong Start fund today, you can help us surround Metro Denver's families with the programs and resources that they need today to help give their children a strong start to a life full of learning.

Volunteer

Volunteering can be a fun and deeply rewarding experience where you can make immediate and lasting change by improving lives and building a stronger community.