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United for Families

A new initiative that focuses on identifying high-need areas and resources to ensure all children in our community have access to high-quality early childhood education.

United for Families in Action

Less than 50% of low-income children have access to high-quality early childhood programs that could dramatically improve their opportunities for a better future.*

That's why we are working to improve the childcare landscape in Metro Denver– starting in Globeville and Elyria-Swansea. We believe all children should have access to quality early childhood experiences, so they can enter school ready to learn and thrive.

*First Five Years Fund, The Need

The Hard Truth


of children under age 6 do not have access to a licensed child care slot in Colorado. In fact, there are enough high-quality slots for just 16% of children.


of Colorado’s kindergartners are not meeting all six developmental milestones.


Children in Metro Denver are living in poverty.

United for Families is a community-based program that promotes academic success for young children.

Through foundation, corporate, and major gift support, our goal is to provide access to high-quality early childhood education experiences for children, families, and caregivers in our highest-priority neighborhoods. Through United for Families, we are investing in innovative, culturally-responsive early childhood education programs that are driven by the communities they serve.

Learn more about how our United for Families program is moving the needle on school readiness in our 2021 Impact Report.

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How the Program Works

Program Delivery

We are rethinking how preschool is delivered by launching a mobile classroom on wheels. This innovative program will serve 3-5 year olds who struggle to access early childhood education, along with workshops for parents to support their children’s learning at home.

Removing Barriers

Our 2-1-1 navigators are embedded in the community to address barriers to accessing critical services for young children and their families.

Training for Parents & Providers

We partner with other organizations to offer training for informal caregivers who want to improve the quality of care in their homes. This also creates new pathways to jobs in the early childhood field.

Best In Class Programs

We invest in innovative and best in class programs, such as BIT-C (Mile High United Way's Bridging the Gap Infant and Toddler Community), which provides parenting support to foster youth via a licensed clinician and onsite childcare.

Public Policy

We are affecting systemic change through policy initiatives, such as having state-wide, full-day kindergarten.

United for Families program - supporting early childhood education in Denver with Mile High United Way

Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care Study

Mile High United Way, in partnership with the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, Early Milestones Colorado and Buell Foundation, conducted a study to understand the pandemic's impact on Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care - a form of child care that more half of young children depend on in Colorado.

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First Mobile Preschool in Denver Launched!

Mile High United Way and Right on Mobile Education have launched the first mobile preschool in the City and County of Denver. This innovative initiative will serve families in the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods.

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Providing Critical Cleaning Supplies to Colorado Childcare Providers

Through our Keep the Lights On Fund, we're working to ensure childcare centers remain open and can continue providing a healthy, safe, enriching environment for young children during the pandemic.

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Blog: Improving School Readiness in Globeville and Elyria-Swansea

By Molly Yost, Mile High United Way’s Director of Early Childhood Initiatives.

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Chelsea Carver

Chief Development Officer

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