Clayton Early Learning provides national leadership to advance the field of early childhood education by researching, implementing and disseminating innovative teaching models. We promote educational equity for young children through family engagement, teacher preparation, and effective early education policy.
Clayton Early Learning has been providing a better start for vulnerable children in our community for more than 100 years. Beginning with the bequest of prominent Denver business leader, George W. Clayton, the Clayton Campus has been alive with the joyous sounds of thriving children for more than a century. From its start as an orphanage and school for needy boys, Clayton has continuously evolved to appropriately meet the changing needs of children. While the ages and backgrounds of the children served today differ from those served initially, our mission remains the same - to help children of limited opportunity succeed. Today, we impact the school-readiness of more than 20,000 children in Colorado annually through direct services to children and families, research and evaluation, results-driven teacher training, and focused advocacy. The proving ground for all things early childhood, Clayton is Colorado's leading catalyst in providing and improving early care and education to ensure optimal child development during the critical prenatal-to-5 period, especially for children from backgrounds with limited opportunities. Clayton harnesses the synergy of its four tiered approach, Training, Advocacy, Research and Practice to advance early childhood education statewide in collaboration with other public and private entities.
"Within one week of matriculating into Clayton, my son opened up and became a different child at school! He had the earnest desire to want to go to school every day with a smile on his face and in his heart. His speech, language, and cognitive skills improved tremendously. Now he is ahead of the game and more than prepared for kindergarten." Lea, Clayton Early Learning Parent
"When my child first started at Clayton, we were homeless. My CFE (Child Family Educator) really helped me to advocate for myself and find adequate housing, resources for clothes, and my job. This would not have been possible without the staff and Clayton helping me to become the best advocate for my child and his education." Vivian, Clayton Early Learning Parent
"I absolutely love taking my daughter to Educare Denver at Clayton. I know she is safe and emotionally cared for. I couldn't ask for any more in a preschool but they do more. I'm proud to say my child goes here!" Michaela, Clayton Early Learning Parent
"Clayton Early Learning is an asset to Denver and Colorado. Clayton's leadership and programs are making a difference in understanding the importance of early learning for children's future education and success." Letty Bass, Former Executive Director, Chambers Family Fund
"As a business leader I firmly believe that investing in the early care and education of our children has great impact on the long-term health of our economy and the strength of our people. Clayton Educare's work to improve the quality of services offered to Colorado children and their families at this most critical period of a child's development are vital to maximizing the return on our investments. " Pat Hamill, President, Oakwood Homes and member of CEO Roundtable of Executives Partnering to Invest in Children