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Helping Child Care Providers Operate More Efficiently And Reach Economies Of Scale

The business realities for child care providers are daunting.  Our shared services network supports child care providers of all sizes and technology skill-levels with quality programs for children nationwide.

Our Story

ELV was established in 2009 by the David and Laura Merage Foundation to help children develop strong learning foundations through universal access to high-quality early childhood education. In 2016 we transitioned to an independent public charity and remain committed to improving the quality of early child care by supporting providers.

We recognize that the majority of child care providers are small independent businesses that are passionate about caring for children, but lack the resources to effectively improve the quality of their programs. Therefore, we offer child care providers nationwide much needed back-office support through our licensing-compliant online child care management system, Alliance CORE.

In Colorado, we provide a deeper level of support through access to our Shared Resource Platform, powered by CCA for Social Good and available to all early childhood providers in the state. We also provide direct coaching, support, and funding to providers in our Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership program. This unique partnership brings comprehensive services and support for low-income children and their families to providers in under served areas across the state.

What Our Child Care Providers Have To Say

"When it comes to my business, Early Learning Ventures is like my best friend. Their training and support are amazing. ELV is truly invested in the success of my business and there to help me when I need it. Their child care management system makes running my business easier, saves a ton of time, and ensures we don't miss a single detail."


Luiza Oprea,

Aurora Kids Learning Center

"Early Learning Ventures has eliminated licensing and compliance headaches for our school. Everything we need is right there in the system. Our parents love the online enrollment, attendance tracking, and communication tools within ELV. And when we run into any problems, ELV has great customer service to support us. I highly recommend Early Learning Ventures."


Jacquelyn Greenbaum,

Renaissance Montessori Academy

“Working with ELV has saved both our learning centers time and money. Everything we need to efficiently and effectively manage our business is right at our fingertips. We especially love the attendance tracking system and CCCAP integration in the Alliance CORE child care management system. On top of that, the ELV team has been great to work with.“


Dania Kasim, 

Little Boots Early Learning Center & Rising Star Early Learning Center 

We’re Stronger Together

Mission

Early Learning Ventures is dedicated to expanding access to quality, affordable child care. We focus our efforts on improving the quality of early child care programs – 85% of which are small, independent businesses that lack the infrastructure and resources to invest in quality improvements.

Vision

Education is the gateway to life outcomes, and the first five years of life are uniquely important if we want children to succeed in school, grow and thrive.  We believe all children deserve access to high-quality early care and education.

Meet the Team

Judy Williams
ELV Executive Director
Judy manages and leads the overall operations of the Early Learning Ventures Alliance Model in Colorado, as well as oversees the business development, growth expansion and replication of the ELV shared services model throughout the United States. Prior to joining ELV, she owned and operated successful private drop-in child care centers in the Denver metro area, providing high-quality early care and education to thousands of children and families. Judy is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and has a Master’s in Business Administration from Webster University. Judy also served as an Officer in the United States Army and has worked as a nursing instructor, staff supervisor, and consultant in a variety of settings in the health and early education industry.
Tim Garcia
Quality Child Care Partnerships Director
Tim Garcia leads Early Learning Ventures’ (ELV) Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership implementation, which makes services available to 350 infants, toddlers and their families across six Colorado counties with the support of $5M annually in federal funding. Tim joined ELV in March 2015 as Quality Improvement Coordinator and was promoted to lead the entire division a year later. Tim has 18 years of experience in the early childhood education sector, with more than 8 years of experience working directly for Head Start/Early Head Start Grantees in a leadership role. He also previously served as Director of Quality Assessment at Qualistar Colorado, providing oversight of statewide assessments of licensed child care programs. Tim graduated from the University of New Mexico College of Education with a Master of Arts in Language, Literacy, and Socio-Cultural Studies and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Jennifer Rosendo
Family Engagement Manager
Jennifer Rosendo leads the Family Support team through the ELV Quality Child Care Partnership model. She oversees the enrollment of children, empowerment of families as their child's first teacher, connection of families to the broader community and the development of leadership and advocacy skills. Ms. Rosendo has 20 years of experience in the early childhood education sector, with more than 15 years' experience working directly for Head Start and Early Head Start grantees in various roles. Ms. Rosendo holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Education Administration with an emphasis in Early Childhood
Ty Johnson
Early Education Manager
Ty Johnson currently manages the implementation of ELV education and child development services aligned with Early Head Start standards and delivered through the ELV Quality Child Care Partnership model. Ms. Johnson previously supported community outreach and recruitment for Early Learning Ventures and has been affiliated with the organization for four years. Ms. Johnson has more than 15 years of experience working in early care and education in various roles from classroom teacher to education director in both family child care homes and center based programs. Ms. Johnson has her BS in Human Services and MA in Education Administration with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Johnson is currently working on her Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Equity in Educational Leadership.
Elsa Sackett Warren
Leadership Development Manager
Elsa Sackett Warren oversees leadership development for directors of Early Head Start centers through the Early Learning Ventures Quality Child Care Partnership grant. She shapes training and growth opportunities around program quality improvement, management, human resources, and business operations. Ms. Sackett has a decade of experience in various informal education settings, where she focused on program leadership and personnel development. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University.
Tristan Clerihew
ELV Client Support & Product Manager
Tristan manages and leads Early Learning Ventures’ Resource Center operations and Client Support Team, as well as oversees product development and management of ELV’s Child Care Management System, CORE. Tristan has been with ELV since January 2017. Prior to joining ELV, he worked extensively in the Education Technology sector in California, working specifically with Charter Schools and helping them better understand their Student Achievement Data through the use of online technology systems. He has 10 plus years of experience in the Education Technology sector. Tristan is originally from Vermont, and has always had a great appreciation for the importance of Education, as both of his parents were career teachers, now retired. Tristan graduated from Siena College outside of Albany, NY, with a BA in Political Science and History.
Jennifer Hinderliter
Strategic Development Manager
Jennifer Hinderliter oversees grant writing and fundraising for ELV. She has over 20 years of nonprofit management experience, including 12 years at early childhood organizations. Before joining ELV, she served as the Executive Director of WOW! Children’s Museum in Lafayette, CO, and worked as a nonprofit consultant. Ms. Hinderliter holds a BA in Environmental Studies and an MPA with an emphasis in nonprofit administration.
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