September 18, 2015

When Jennifer Douglas started working to open a new school featuring a unique blend of education and child care, she knew she wanted Early Learning Ventures to be a part of the school’s operational support. Jennifer helped open a school last year which introduced her to ELV’s model, and even before she broke ground on New Legacy Charter School, which opened for classes on August 31, she engaged with ELV to discuss how the school could partner with ELV to take advantage of its tools and resources.

You see, New Legacy is a charter high school for pregnant and parenting teens that pairs high school education with child care services for their children. Not only do the parents benefit from on-site child care, but they also have a significant portion of their curriculum focused on using the center as hands-on learning parenting classes, allowing them to build these critical skills while spending time during the day with their children. Additionally, New Legacy students benefit from regular interactions with their children during the day, including lunch time together and the opportunity for mothers to continue breast feeding.

Jennifer Douglas, Executive Director and Founder of New Legacy said she visited a similar school in Montrose, Colorado about 15 years ago and has never forgotten the school’s model. She has always remembered that school and it inspired her to research data on her own community in Aurora. “Aurora was selected intentionally due to the combination of a high teen birth rates and a shortage of quality early childhood education locations,” said Jennifer.

Jennifer said they are excited to be partnering with ELV, and are especially looking forward to utilizing the Alliance CORE platform. “As a new school, we are also really looking forward to taking advantage of ELV’s technical assistance,” Jennifer said. “Tapping in to ELV’s bank of knowledge and expertise on data capture and licensing compliance will be extremely useful to us as well,” she added. Additionally, New Legacy is participating in ELV’s Early Head Start program, and Jennifer said these services “will help us offer the quality and support teen moms need and deserve.”

The Early Learning Center at New Legacy opened with 4 infant rooms, 1 toddler room, and 1 preschool room, with a plan to later expand from the original 6 up to 8 classrooms total. New Legacy will be holding a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting that is open to the public on Monday, September 21 from 9:30-10:30am at the school.

*Photo features ELV staff with New Legacy staff during the early construction phase of the school