Access to Child Care Expanded in Colorado as a Result of HB 1227

May 27, 2016

The recently adjourned 2016 legislative session in Colorado saw a significant victory for expanding access to child care in the state. The legislature overwhelmingly passed and Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill (HB) 1227, which addressed an unfortunate unintended consequence of the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP). HB 1227 makes an important change to the law that will open up… Read more »

ELV Thanks ECE Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

May 5, 2016

Early Learning Ventures is excited to celebrate all of the amazing teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week, held each year during the first week in May. A little history on this well-deserved week dedicated to teachers: Eleanor Roosevelt convinced the 81st Congress to dedicate a day to the nation’s teachers in 1953, however, it was not until 1980, in which… Read more »

ELV Supports the Month of the Young Child

April 30, 2016

The Month of the Young Child takes place in April and focuses public attention on the needs of young children and their families. During this time, we recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. In 1971, one week in April was dedicated to nationally celebrating young children and in 1985, it was extended to the entire… Read more »

ELV Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Awareness by Making Pinwheels for Prevention

April 28, 2016

Early Learning Ventures (ELV) acknowledges the many efforts during the year around Child Abuse Prevention and spreading awareness about child maltreatment. Additional effort and attention is shared during the month of April to support the 1983 presidential proclamation which declared Child Abuse Prevention Month nationwide. This year, on April 28, ELV associates and their children joined in a half day… Read more »

Colorado Child Care Program Leaders Are Getting Educated!

April 7, 2016

As part of the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Grant, Early Learning Ventures is implementing professional development programs in Mesa, Garfield, Arapahoe, and Pueblo counties in Colorado which will provide education and training opportunities in the field of early care and education. Through the program, 124 teachers are enrolled and receiving training to achieve certifications by May 2016. Early… Read more »

ELV Affiliates Receive Thousands of Dollars in Classroom Materials as Part of the Early Head Start Grant

February 29, 2016

Over the past two weeks, 32 total ELV Affiliates have received supplies and resources to improve the quality of care and education in their classrooms. Made possible by the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Grant, ELV Quality Improvement (QI) Specialists worked closely with the child care programs and used the reliable assessments completed by our community partners to conduct… Read more »

Senator Bennet Visits ELV Affiliate in Pueblo to Discuss Child Care

February 25, 2016

Last Friday, Senator Michael Bennet visited Kinderkirk, one of Early Learning Ventures’ affiliates in Peublo. Senator Bennet’s visit was meant to learn about families’ struggles and triumphs with child care and talk briefly about a bill he is co-sponsoring in the senate to increase the tax credit for those who pay for child care. He toured the facility and chatted… Read more »

David Merage Op-Ed Published in The Pueblo Chieftain Addresses Need for ECE Support

January 19, 2016

An op-ed titled “Investing in Early Childhood Education” authored by David Merage was published in The Pueblo Chiftain. In this article, David calls out the importance of this issue and urges voters and our political leaders to prioritize our kids and their future at the top of the list of critical issues for our country’s future leaders. Excerpt from article:… Read more »

Two Major Bills with ECE Implications Signed in to Law – Providing More Opportunities for U.S. Children to Reach Their Full Potential in 2016

December 29, 2015

Congress has passed—and President Obama has signed—two major bills that positively impact early childhood care and education in a significant way. Firstly, the $1.1 trillion Omnibus appropriations bill includes nearly $1 billion in new money for early childhood. These dollars fund increases for critical programs which support children from low income families including the Child Care and Development Block Grant… Read more »

Article by Senator Bennet in Parker Chronicle Highlights Colorado’s Challenge for Affordable Child Care

November 16, 2015

In an article published in the Parker Chronicle, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet discusses the burdens working families carry to provide for their families, and specifically, to find high-quality, affordable child care. He references stories he heard from parents at a child care forum held in August at ELV affiliate, New Legacy Learning Academy. “This past August in Aurora we met… Read more »