Dial 2-1-1 to reach our 211 Help Center or visit Get Help
Select language:
Our Work

Child Care, Development & Education

Success In Life starts with quality early childhood education.

Mile High United Way believes all children deserve a strong start in life. We are committed to improving Colorado’s childcare landscape by expanding access to quality early care and education, so our youngest learners enter school ready to thrive in kindergarten and beyond!

Our Programs

How We Support Child Care, Development & 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

Our 211 Childcare Resource & Referrals Specialists help families with referrals for childcare and financial assistance as well as education about the quality and availability of care.

Community Grants

Early experiences lay the foundation for success. We strategically invest in organizations that deliver innovative solutions in early childhood education.



parents and children served through our United for Families program


at-home learning kits distributed to families


 licensed child care slots created or maintained through our investments

Tamara M. Sparks Early Learning Center

At Mile High United Way | Now Open

Mile High United Way and Mile High Early Learning are proud to partner to provide care and education for children ages 0-5 at the new Tamara M. Sparks Early Learning Center at 711 Park Avenue in Curtis Park. Enrollment is now open! Learn more about enrolling your child.

play (1)


“HIPPY Is Not Just a Program – It Is a Family.”
It Takes a Village… Providing Essential Baby Care Items to Support Families
Mile High United Way Hosts Inaugural Ceremony Celebrating Early Childhood Education Milestones
Blog: Improving School Readiness in Denver’s Low-Income Neighborhoods

Our HIPPY program is one way we’re addressing the early learning shortage and helping create pathways to success for children.

July 3, 2024

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.

June 6, 2022

On June 12, 2021 Mile High United Way was thrilled to celebrate the first-ever graduation ceremony for HIPPY students and their parents.

June 21, 2021

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.

September 24, 2019

Invest in Mile High United Way

You can connect families to critical resources like access to high-quality child care and education.