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We believe that healthy early development lays the foundation for a child’s success in school and in life. As a result, we take a holistic approach to every child’s well-being by providing services and supports that enable our children and families to lead healthy, stable lives.

In response to the pandemic, we launched the Clayton Cares initiative to provide food to families. Our food distribution effort has evolved into the Clayton Cares Market, a cost-free market opened in October 2021.

The Market is a dedicated space on campus where Clayton families and staff can come once a week to select nutritious foods and household essentials. Shoppers can fill two bags, one with food and the other with hygiene/cleaning items, including:

  • Fresh vegetables and fruit
  • Fresh dairy
  • Frozen chicken, turkey, and fish
  • Rice, beans, pasta, and cereal
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Personal care items
  • School supplies, including books and backpacks

The Market has provided much needed stress relief to families who are regularly making tradeoffs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.


Special Event

Basic Food Safety and Sanitation Class

An Educational Program for Food Handlers

Denver Public Health and Environment is providing a course on food safety knowledge for Denver retail food operations and their staff. Instructors provide insights on foodborne illness and safe food handling practices. Proactive education on how to practice and execute basic food safety is a requirement for all
food workers.

Topics Include:

  • How to serve safe food
  • Foodborne illness risk factors
  • Personal hygiene
  • Glove usage
  • Hot and cold holding temperatures
  • Proper cooling of foods
  • Proper ways to thaw foods
  • Dishwashing
  • Chemical storage
  • Thermometer usage

Date: Monday, October 3
Location: Clayton Early Learning, 3975 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Bill Hornby Room
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Translation Language Available: Spanish

Contact our Food Safety team for more information. Additional classes are available by request for Denver facilities.
phicomments@denvergov.org | 720-913-1311


Clayton partners with several local organizations to keep the market operating and stocked each week. We are looking for new partners to join in supporting Colorado's children and families.

  • Food Bank of the Rockies
  • We Don't Waste
  • Soles4Souls
  • Conscious Alliance
  • Food for Thought
  • Blue Shed Urban Gardens
  • I Support The Girls

The Market is open Thursdays from 7:30 - 9:30 am and 2:30 - 4:00 pm.

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