A Century of Improving
Child Outcomes



A major proving ground for all things early childhood, Clayton Early Learning is Colorado's leading catalyst in providing and collaborating with others to improve early care and education to ensure optimal development during the critical prenatal-to-5 period for all children, especially those of limited opportunity.  Our unique approach has proved successful in closing achievement gaps for disadvantaged children so they are poised for success in school and life. We harness the synergy of our three dynamic initiatives—family-centered classroom and home-based practices through our schools, research and program evaluation, and professional development of teachers and leaders—to discover the best ways to teach and prepare young children for school. Today, as the need for significant education reform on a national scale becomes ever more urgent, Clayton Early Learning continues to prove why a stimulating learning environment during the prenatal–to–5 period is so critical to a child’s later success in school and life.



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.


We envision a world where all children are prepared for success in school through highly effective early childhood education.


Accountability - We are responsible to children and families for meaningful outcomes.

Collaboration - We leverage partnerships to achieve shared vision and goals.

Diversity - We celebrate all strengths through inclusive practices and responsive approaches.

Excellence - We achieve the highest standard in everything we do.

Family-Centered - We honor all families as essential partners in education.

Growth - We improve and expand our work as we learn.

Innovation - We invent and pilot strategies that promote effective early learning.

Integrity - We live our values through our practice.

Stewardship - We ethically manage our resources to best meet our mission.