A Look Inside ELV: Our Key to Success

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You may not know but Early Learning Ventures (ELV) is actually a part of a larger network—starting with the Merage Foundation. The Merage Foundations is the philanthropic arm of, Consolidated Investment Group (CIG). Being a part of CIG family, there are seven cornerstones that we all use together as driving force behind our daily work: We Show Respect, We Drive… Read more »

Child Care Provider of the Month For May: Life Center Academy

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Dana Richardson and her husband John Richardson opened the doors to Life Center Academy five years ago. As a team, they both manage and operate Life Center Academy and work together to provide quality child care to Pueblo County. Dana and John strive for excellence in all aspects of their child care and are continually looking for ways to improve… Read more »

Kids’ Castle Earns Level 5 Rating from Colorado Shines

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Congratulations to Kids’ Castle Child Care, a partner of Early Learning Ventures (ELV), earned a Level 5 rating from Colorado Shines this past week. Colorado Shines Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) is a quality rating system of early childhood education programs across the state. Five different areas (Workforce Qualifications & Professional Development, Family Partnerships, Leadership, Management & Administration, Learning… Read more »

Child Care Provider of the Month For April: Imagination Station

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Imagination Station Child Care located in Pueblo County provides care for children 1 month to 13 years of age. Serving as the Director and Owner of Imagination Station since 2008, Laura Espinoza has been providing quality child care to her community. However, Laura originally started working in child care long before owning her own child care home but she ultimately… Read more »

Spotlight Teachers- Pueblo County

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Each of our EHS partners in Pueblo County chose a teacher to spotlight for Teacher Appreciation Week. Below are the teachers they’ve chosen to recognize.   Destiny, Teacher, Kinderkirk. What I like most about being a Teacher is the love I get from my kids in my class and the close relationship I have with the parents. They trust me with their… Read more »

Teacher Appreciation Week EHS Partners – Pueblo County

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Below are early childhood educators listed from Early Learning Venture’s Early Head Start partners in Pueblo County. Thank you for everything you do; we appreciate each and every one of you!   IMAGINATION STATION Laura Espinoza, Director Early Childhood Educators (Early Head Start) Brandi Pacheco, Teacher | Ashley McGinnis, Teacher | Sierra Valdez, Teacher | Tara Autobee,… Read more »

Teacher Appreciation Week EHS Partners- Mesa County

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Below are early childhood educators listed from Early Learning Venture’s Early Head Start partners in Mesa County. Thank you for everything you do; we appreciate each and every one of you!   CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Miranda Yeates, Director | Jessica O’Neill, Secretary and Teacher Float Early Childhood Educators (Early Head Start) Summer Henderson, Group Lead | Cindy… Read more »

Spotlight Teachers- Garfield County

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Each of our EHS partners in Garfield County chose a teacher to spotlight for Teacher Appreciation Week. Below are the teachers they’ve chosen to recognize.   Rebecca Fuller, Fuller Childcare She has stepped up to everything that has been asked of her and excelled with it. She was the first in our area to go through Colorado Shines and came out… Read more »

Teacher Appreciation Week EHS Partners- Garfield County

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Below are early childhood educators listed from Early Learning Venture’s Early Head Start partners in Garfield County. Thank you for everything you do; we appreciate each and every one of you!   FULLER CHILDCARE Early Childhood Educators Rebecca Fuller, Director | Brian Fuller, Assistant   LIZZY’S KIDS Early Childhood Educators Elizabeth Pittman, Director | Ike Pittman, Assistant… Read more »

Spotlight Teachers- Arapahoe County

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Each of our EHS partners in Arapahoe County chose a teacher to spotlight for Teacher Appreciation Week. Below are the teachers they’ve chosen to recognize.   Mrs. Amy, Preschool Teacher, Creative Learning Academy. Mrs. Amy is creative and dependable. She welcomes new ideas and displays loyalty and honesty in the workplace. Amy shows a desire to improve her job skills and excels… Read more »