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 education sector by bringing businesses together to obtain lower costs through economies of scale in business functions like purchasing, classroom resources, program administration, human resources, marketing, and online training that meets current child care licensing requirements, as well as a child management system. This web-based system creates accurate and professional records and reports, while helping to streamline and increase efficiencies of management for licensing compliance, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and child care subsidy programs including the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program. The program provides an environment where early child care providers are better equipped to offer high-quality care by saving them time and money. This, in turn, allows them to focus on the most important part of their day – caring for and educating children.
“Research has clearly shown that children who experience quality child care at this young age are more likely to succeed in school, obtain a job, and lead happy, productive lives,” said Judy Williams, Program Director of Early Learning Ventures. “With a shared goal of bringing quality education to all children in Colorado, ELV and the Office of Early Childhood are collaborating to expand the reach of the shared services model through 2016 so we can impact as many children and families as possible,” Judy added.
The program is being offered to select child care programs in Colorado; but, with a goal to get as many providers signed up as quickly as possible, those that are selected will have 10 days to accept the scholarship from when they are contacted, or it will be forfeited to another interested child care program.
About Early Learning Ventures
Founded by the David & Laura Merage Foundation, ELV believes that all children have the right to develop strong learning foundations through universal access to high quality early childhood education. With a focus on bringing Colorado’s early care and education sector to scale through comprehensive innovations, policies, and incentives that are market-oriented, include parent involvement, and have measurable impact, our efforts will result in mechanisms for state and local governments to optimally invest in early care and education. For more information, visit www.earlylearningventures.org.