Nonprofit HOPE Center Helps Young Denver Children

CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – It started out in 1962 with an enrollment of six children and two teachers, but Denver’s HOPE Center is now one of the city’s largest community based organizations.

HOPE Center helps special needs as well as talented and gifted children ages 2 1/2 to 5.

Gerie Grimes has been with HOPE Center for 33 years, and has spent 15 of those years as Executive Director.

It’s her passion because she says the program works.

“Of all the statistics how many children of color by the time they get to kindergarten are not prepared? And that’s not going to happen at HOPE Center,” she said.

HOPE Center has a diverse staff and the teacher-to-child ratio is low.

“We just take pride and say ‘We know we’re a model program,’ ” she said.

HOPE Center (credit: CBS) HOPE Center (credit: CBS)

Grimes says teachers stay with HOPE Center on average for 15 years.

“When…

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