The Evolution of a Legacy

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 over 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 we serve today differ from those served initially, our mission remains the same – to help children of limited opportunity succeed.

Two Clayton alumni fondly remember their years at Clayton during the Great Depression and World War II:

“I know I would have been in jail or in prison without Clayton.  I was a wild kid and luckily things turned out right.” – Mel Yetter, former Clayton resident and successful small business owner.

“Without Clayton, I would have been selling newspapers on the street corners and quit school after ninth grade like a lot of the kids in the area.” – Russ Mayer, former Clayton resident and retired civil engineer.