Ralph Smith of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Highlights ELV at the White House

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On December 15, 2014, Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, participated in a panel discussion at the White House Summit on Early Education. The conversation focused on the expansion of private investment in early learning.  Ralph spoke of the solid examples of programs that seek to engage parents and provide access to early learning for all children where… Read more »

Early Childhood Education Features Airs on NBC Nightly News

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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

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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

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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 »

Congress Passes Bill to Reauthorize Child Care Subsidy Funds and Quality Improvements

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On November 17, Congress voted 88 to 1 to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the primary federal program that provides funds for child care subsidies for low-income families and to improve child care quality. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law, reauthorizing the program for the first time in nearly 20 years. The bi-partisan… Read more »

White House Announces Summit on Early Education

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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

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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: http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_26831122/early-childhood-solution-colorados-economy?source=infinite 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 »

ELV Affiliates are First Phase of Testing for the Division of Early Care and Learning – CCCAP Provider Self Service Portal

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The Provider Self Service Portal (PSSP) is launching soon in Colorado, and the first phase of testing is being offered to Early Learning Ventures (ELV) Affiliate childcare providers on Tier 3 services. A training was hosted at the ELV offices on September 30 to ensure all providers were trained and ready to be the first ones to test the portal… Read more »

The Office of Early Childhood – Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant Provides Free ELV Shared Services Access to Child Care Providers

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Jeanette Villalobos, Director of Spanish Peaks Childcare Center in Walsenburg, CO, had heard of Early learning Ventures (ELV) before she knew of the the Race to the Top Grant. When she applied for a previous grant for her center, it was recommended to her that she become part of ELV in order to help with organizational tasks. But, between shopping… Read more »

ELV Affiliates Find Healthy Bucks a Great Way to Encourage Healthy Eating AND Earn Funding

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Did you know that as an ELV Affiliate, child care centers can participate in the Healthy Options for Pre-schoolers Rainbow Snacks Program to experiment with fruit & vegetable snack ideas while earning incentive dollars to offset costs for any added prep time and purchasing? Through the program, child care providers are able to add nutrition and variety to their snack… Read more »