Business Leaders Highlight Importance of Early Childhood Programs in Letter to United Nations

March 9, 2015

Quality early childhood programs create the foundation for workforce productivity and economic prosperity around the globe. That’s the message that the business leader group ReadyNation is sending to the United Nations in a new open letter released today. The letter, signed by 51 business leaders spanning four continents, stresses the connection between quality early childhood programs and a host of… Read more »

Early Learning Ventures Awarded $3.1 Million Grant Through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership

March 3, 2015

As part of President Obama’s Early Learning Initiative the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) made approximately $500 million available to expand access to high-quality Early Head Start (EHS) Services nationwide, allowing new and existing EHS programs to partner with local child care providers serving infant and toddlers from low income families. Through the competitive process, approximately 235 programs emerged… Read more »

Washington Post Reports on a New Study Finding High-Quality Early Education Reduces Costs

February 4, 2015

Study: High-quality early education could reduce costs By Lyndsey Layton High-quality early childhood programs can reduce the number of children diagnosed with certain learning disabilities by third grade, according to a study published Tuesday in the Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis journal. The study, conducted by Clara G. Muschkin, Helen F. Ladd and Kenneth A. Dodge of Duke University, could have significant implications for reducing… Read more »

Early Childhood Education Features Airs on NBC Nightly News

December 13, 2014

NBC Nightly News aired a segment on early childhood education in connection with the White House Summit on Early Education and the launch of the Invest in Us campaign. The segment featured a child care center and discussed the recent announcements from President Obama regarding new funding for early childhood programs across the country. Watch the 2 minute video segment… Read more »

David & Laura Merage of Colorado to Attend President Obama’s White House Summit on Early Education

December 10, 2014

Today, Wednesday, December 10, President Obama is hosting a White House Summit on Early Education bringing together a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education, advocacy, and elected leaders, as well as other stakeholders who are committed to expanding access to high-quality early education. Colorado’s own early childhood education advocates, David & Laura Merage, have been invited and are attending the… Read more »

Pay For Success Conference to Take Place in Colorado and Feature Local Project Successes like Early Learning Ventures

December 2, 2014

With Pay for Success financing gaining traction and attention across the country, Chalkbeat Colorado, in cooperation with the Institute for Child Success, will be hosting a half-day conference to bring state and national leaders together to discuss best practices and opportunities for leveraging this model to benefit early childhood programs right here in Colorado. The event will take place on… Read more »

White House Announces Summit on Early Education

November 3, 2014

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, December 10, President Obama will host a White House Summit on Early Education. The Summit will bring together a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education, advocacy and elected leaders, as well as other stakeholders who are committed to expanding access to high-quality early education…. Read more »

The Early Childhood Solution for Colorado’s Economy

October 30, 2014

Opinion piece By Greg Anton and Burnie Zercher POSTED:   10/30/2014 03:57:52 PM MDT via Denver Post Read the full, original article here: Our coalition of business leaders has an idea on how to improve Colorado’s economy: Invest in early childhood education. And, we’re not alone. A poll conducted by the bipartisan team of Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research for the… 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 »