Early Childhood Education

Denver Housing Authority offers access to quality Early Childhood Education in many of its housing developments.  DHA partners with organizations such as Catholic Charities, Rocky Mountain SER, and Mile High Montessori to provide Head Start and Metropolitan State College of Denver for Denver’s Family Literacy Program on-site for neighborhood children.

  • Head Start prepares children for kindergarten by enhancing their social and cognitive development through educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services.
    • Head start is available at Quigg Newton, Sun Valley, Westwood, South Lincoln, and Columbine.
  • Family Literacy Program emphasizes learning within a family context, enhances the relationships between parents and children, and strengthens parents’ roles as supporters of their children’s education.  This program offers four comprehensive home- and school-based literacy programs:
    • Family Literacy Program is available at Quigg Newton and South Lincoln.

After school Programs

Denver Housing Authority partners with community based agencies to provide access to after school and summer programming for at-risk youth.

  • The Bridge Project strives to help children and youth living in Denver's public housing neighborhoods to achieve their academic potential and graduate from high school with the resources necessary to succeed as adults.  They strive to be the best built bridge, the premiere program offering excellent After School, Adult, Summer, and Scholarship opportunities.
    • Bridge programs are offered at Columbine, Quigg Newton, Westwood, and South Lincoln.
  • Colorado "I Have a Dream"® Foundation is a long-term drop-out prevention program for youth from disadvantaged communities in the Metro Denver area. The following services are offered to our Dreamers at North Lincoln Homes:
    • Mentoring, tutoring, college prep, service learning, and recreational activities.
    • I Have a Dream is offered at North Lincoln on Mondays-Thursdays from 3:15-5:30pm.
  • Westside Learning Center offers afterschool and youth services to residents of Westridge Homes.

Youth Employment Academy

The Youth Employment Academy (YEA) at DHA provides mentoring, education classes, employment and training services which assist in addressing the educational, job readiness and career exploration goals to low income youth between the ages of 16 to 21. Support is available for youth with special learning needs.


For more information about the Youth Employment Academy, call 720.956.3833, click the Youth Employment Academy tab and/or select the Service Coordinator tab to contact the staff at the site you are interested in.