2011 Colorado Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Report

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11/10/2011 The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Prevention Services Division is pleased to release a summary of the 2011 Colorado Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Report. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Prevention Services Division is pleased to release a summary of the 2011 Colorado Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Report.  This summary represents the collaborative… Read more »

Letter: Invest in Children

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10/13/2011 I’ve been in the banking business for 14 years, and I’ve seen firsthand that the backbone of any business is its human capital — the skills and abilities of the workers who keep the company running. The Topeka Capital Journal Oct. 11, 2011 I’ve been in the banking business for 14 years, and I’ve seen firsthand that the backbone… Read more »

From Kindergarten to College Completion

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10/13/2011 A report released last week has drawn new attention to low degree-completion rates among college entrants, particularly among those who never attend full time. The organization that published the report, Complete College America, seeks to rally policy makers around the goal of substantially increasing completion rates by 2020. But here’s a question: if we want to increase college completions over the longer… Read more »

2011 National Shared Services Technical Conference, New Orleans, LA

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10/10/2011 Since our first conference four years ago, accomplishments in Shared Services for the ECE Industry have been plentiful and impressive, and we are eager to celebrate these achievements.  ELV is also eager to facilitate the possibilities for new and existing Alliances by providing access to practical tools, information and resources. Please click the link to view the presentations from… Read more »

Entrepreneur-philanthropist giving Colorado day cares, children a big boost

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9/25/2011 When Laura and Brian Kim purchased Parker Learning Center last October, they quickly realized the magnitude of their impending challenge.  The 25-year-old Aurora day-care facility was in need of new equipment, new curricula and new business procedures.  Compounding the challenge was the fact that the Kims were newcomers to the child-care industry.  “I was up at 3 in the… Read more »

Early Childhood Governance – Proposal and Next Steps

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9/15/2011 We propose the following governance plan designed to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and elegance of Colorado’s early childhood supports, services and programs. This plan further supports Colorado’s vision that all children deserve the opportunity to be valued, healthy and thriving. MEMORANDUM To:  Early Childhood Leadership Commission From:  Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia, Reggie Bicha, Sue Birch, Chris Urbina Date:  September… Read more »

ELV Partners with Mile High Montessori in Newest Alliance

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8/2/2011 ELV is proud to announce a partnership with a new Alliance:  Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers in Denver, CO.  Mile High Montessori (MHM) is one of the oldest and largest providers of subsidized quality early childhood care and education, serving thousands of Denver’s vulnerable children every year since 1970. Early Learning Ventures (ELV), a non-profit organization founded by… Read more »

Business Leaders Agenda: Early Childhood Investment

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7/31/2011 The 2011 National Business Summit on Early Childhood Investment drew attendees from 34 states to Boston last week to share experiences and commit themselves to advocate for high-quality early education. The conference was convened by the Partnership for America’s Economic Success (PAES), which is managed by the Pew Charitable Trusts. (Check out the PAES guide to engaging business leaders.)… Read more »

Colorado joins race for early-childhood education funds

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7/29/2011 Colorado is preparing to enter a familiar Race to the Top, but in a new category — early childhood education.  The state is eligible for up to $60 million from the federal Early Learning Challenge Fund which is part of the Race to the Top grant program. The Denver Post Colorado is preparing to enter a familiar Race to… Read more »

ELV Partners with Revolution Foods to Bring Nutritious Meals to Preschoolers

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7/8/2011 In 2010, ELV secured grant funding from the Colorado Health Foundation to pilot a healthy foods program for the Alliances. This grant supports the development of a groundbreaking new food service program for Alliances to provide to their Affiliates. This funding provides support for a three year program to develop an out-sourced healthy food service model for the ECE industry. Colorado’s… Read more »