New ELV Affiliate Tells us “I Needed this Ten Years Ago!”

August 18, 2014

Last week, ELV staff was in Colorado Springs training our newest Affiliate member, Global Village International. Each time a new child care provider enrolls in ELV, staff members conduct a personal training session to walk through the many tools and resources the platform provides. From purchasing discounts to classroom resources to online training that meets child care licensing requirements to a… Read more »

ELV at CGI America 2014

July 21, 2014 J Williams and President Clinton

ELV Program Director, Judy Williams, attended the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI America), where she collaborated with national leaders and renewed the organization’s commitment on behalf of ELV. She also reported on ELV’s status from 2013. That report details: “In 2013, Early Learning Ventures, along with its partners, committed to expanding quality child care by expanding and establishing statewide networks… Read more »

Early Learning Ventures Continues Commitment to Early Childhood Education at Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America in Denver

June 30, 2014

Colorado-based Early Learning Ventures (ELV) joined leaders in business, government, and civil society from across the country this week at the 4th annual Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which took place in Denver June 23-25. ELV, an organization founded by the David & Laura Merage Foundation, is leveraging… Read more »

Improving care for the youngest by targeting the back office

June 20, 2014

by Ann Schimke on June 20, 2014 Last fall, Roman Hollowell contemplated closing the small child care center he runs out of the first floor of his childhood home in Denver’s Whittier neighborhood. Enrollment at “Kids 4 Real, Inc.” was dwindling and he didn’t know if he could keep the lights on for much longer. It was a tough decision for Hollowell…. Read more »

Early Learning Ventures and the Merage Foundation Featured at National Funders Convening

June 10, 2014

Sue Renner, Executive Director of the Merage Foundations spoke at a gathering of philanthropists in Washington, D.C., this weekend about the foundation’s efforts to fund programs promoting early literacy, specifically, Early Learning Ventures (ELV). At a meeting organized by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Sue described how Early Learning Ventures (ELV) is increasing the operational efficiencies of child care providers allowing them to provide… Read more »

Early Learning Ventures Announces Scholarship Program for Child Care Providers in Partnership with the CDHS Office of Early Childhood

May 27, 2014

Early Learning Ventures (ELV) and The Office of Early Childhood – Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant have partnered together to offer 12-month scholarships to child care providers for free access to the ELV Alliance Shared Services model. The ELV resource platform and Child Management System (Alliance CORE) increase the stability and productivity of Colorado’s early care and… Read more »

Innovative finance model could provide new path for early childhood services

April 4, 2014

Article on ChalkBeat Colorado By Ann Schimke on April 3, 2014 It was the fall of 2010, and the finance task force of the Early Childhood Council of Boulder County had worked for the better part of the year to come up with the dollar amount needed to provide high-quality early childhood services to every child in the county. But after the task force… Read more »

Early Learning Ventures Announces New State-wide Colorado Alliance

April 2, 2014

Early Learning Ventures (ELV) is pleased to announce the formation of the ELV Colorado Alliance. ELV Alliances are community-based networks comprised of small, early care and education businesses (nonprofit or for profit) that work together to deliver services in a more streamlined and efficient way. The ELV Alliance model ensures fiscal stability and superior business operations, which are the foundation for… Read more »

Early Learning Ventures Represents Colorado at National Summit for Social Impact Performance Advisors

March 26, 2014

Colorado-based Early Learning Ventures (ELV) will join advocacy groups, governmental agencies, education coalitions and non-profits from across the nation for an event designed to explore and develop innovative alternative financing mechanisms to fund early childhood programs. The ReadyNation Conference of the Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisors will take place March 27-28 in Charlotte, NC, and is designed to assist… Read more »