Preschool: The Littlest Job-Readiness Program?

June 1, 2012

Can finger-painting, cup-stacking and learning to share set you up for a stellar career?   Research says yes, according to Dr. Celia Ayala, chief executive officer of Los Angeles Universal Preschool, a nonprofit that funds 325 schools in Los Angeles County, Calif., using money from tobacco taxes.   “When they enter kindergarten ready to thrive with all the social, emotional… Read more »

Capital Update

March 2, 2012

Senate Bill 12-130 – Early Childhood Governance (Senators Newell and Hodge; Representatives Massey and Hamner) passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on Friday with a vote of 7 to 3. The bill will now head to the floor of the Senate for a vote by the whole chamber. In the bill’s first committee hearing, Children’s Campaign President and CEO Chris Watney testified in… Read more »

One Book 4 Colorado

February 28, 2012

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today announced One Book 4 Colorado, an effort to provide a new book to every four year old in Colorado while simultaneously supporting parents as their child’s first teacher. “Something as simple as putting a book in the hand of a young child can inspire a love of reading and help that child develop into a… Read more »

Gov. Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Garcia encourage Colorado Children to READ!

February 28, 2012

Early Learning Ventures and the David and Laura Merage Foundation are proud to partner with Gov. Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Garcia as they launch their Early Literacy Campaign. The Early Literacy Campaign encourages Colorado Children to READ!  Public schools and public libraries across the state will receive two posters featuring Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia having fun reading with Clifford, the Big Red… Read more »

ECE Programs in the President’s FY 2013 Budget Proposal

February 16, 2012

2/16/2012 Summary: The President’s budget proposal for FY 2013 offers some promising news for children and low-income women who benefit from early childhood programs. Full Article: National Women’s Law Center February 14, 2012 The President proposes to increase funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) by $825 million and to provide small increases for several other early… Read more »

ELV Partners with CDHS to Increase Network of Providers

February 15, 2012

2/15/2012 Summary: Early Learning Ventures (ELV) is expanding its statewide network of independent child care providers thanks in part to a grant from the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) Division of Child Care. Full Article: The grant offers child care providers participating in the School Readiness Quality Improvement Program (SRQIP) the opportunity to join an ELV Alliance.  Alliance fees are covered by a stipend from… Read more »

The True Cost of High School Dropouts

January 27, 2012

The following is an opinion editorial about the true cost of high school dropouts written by Henry M. Levin, a professor of economics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University and Cecilia E. Rouse, a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University and former member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2009 to 2011. ONLY 21 states… Read more »

Day Care Centers Adapt to Round-the-Clock Demand

January 23, 2012

ELYRIA, Ohio — Dinner (chicken and mashed potatoes) was long over, teeth were brushed, and a rousing game of Monopoly had come to a close. It was 9 p.m., and the children nestled into bed under blankets emblazoned with superheroes.   The tranquil domestic scene plays out nightly here, not in a family home, but behind a brightly lighted storefront… Read more »

Poor Oral Health Impacts General Health of Children

January 17, 2012

Tooth decay is completely preventable, yet the most common chronic disease affecting children, according to Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General. Poor oral health impacts general health and has been linked to diseases including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Unfortunately, many children in Colorado don’t have the dental care they need, when they need it, and oral… Read more »

Challenges Lie Ahead for Early-Learning Grant Winners

January 9, 2012

1/9/2012 Summary: The nine states splitting $500 million in Race to the Top early-learning grants must now deliver on a slate of ambitious promises to improve the quality of early-childhood education for tens of thousands of low-income children who rely on a patchwork of publicly financed child-care and preschool programs. Full Article: Education Week By Leslie A. Maxwell The nine… Read more »