Refer a Child Care Provider and Win!

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Have a friend or colleague who could benefit from ELV services? Refer them to us, and you’ll be in the running for some of amazing prizes! For every child care provider you refer, you’ll receive one raffle ticket, in addition to one free month of CORE, ELV’s child management system. Join us on Halloween at 9 a.m. when we will… Read more »

ELV to Participate in Colorado Gives Day

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Early Learning Ventures (ELV) is excited to once again be participating in Colorado Gives Day, presented by FirstBank on Tuesday, December 5th! Give back to Colorado’s youngest learners by donating to Early Learning Ventures. Schedule your donation early starting November 1st and then watch donations in real time by downloading the new Colorado Gives Day App. Every dollar makes a difference…. Read more »

Coordinated Approaches To Child Health ELV Partner Training

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ELV recently hosted the “Coordinated Approaches To Child Health” (CATCH) training for our Early Head Start (EHS) partners in Mesa County. Utilizing Head Start standards for physical activity and nutrition, CATCH training supports early childhood educators and professionals in improving the quality of their care . CATCH introduces more 500 activities for children, which increase gross motor, locomotor, and non-locomotor… Read more »

We Show Respect

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This is the fourth blog based on the blog series about our Cornerstones.   Being an Early Head Start grantee and a part of a diverse early childhood education (ECE) community, we have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of individuals every day. Each child has a unique story about his/her family and the obstacles he/she works toward… Read more »

We Embrace Innovation

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This blog is part 3 of a series of blogs based on our cornerstones.   At its core, innovation is what makes humans different. Our minds our constantly thinking of new ideas and new ways to better improve our lives, although not many people tend to act on their innovative ideas. Here at ELV we strive to be innovative in… Read more »

How We Create a Better World

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For July, we are highlighting the Merage Foundations and Consolidated Investment Group cornerstone– We Create a Better World. Because ELV is a nonprofit, it may seem obvious that we work to create a better world. But, what makes us different from the 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S that are also working to create a better world? First, the ELV team,… Read more »

Child Care Provider of the Month for June: Grand Valley Child Care

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Grand Valley Child Care originally opened its doors in August of 2006. Starting as a small, infant and toddler child care center, Grand Valley Child Care serves young infants and toddlers ages 6 weeks to 18 months in a beautiful family home. One of Roberta’s Nicolosi, Director of Grand Valley Child Care, favorite memories is taking the “BYE BYE Buggy”… Read more »

Healthy Options For Preschoolers Event in Rifle

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Over Memorial Weekend, Early Learning Ventures (ELV) participated in a celebration event in Rifle for one of ELV’s partners, Preschool on Wheels. Preschool on Wheels is a unique program that brings early childhood education on a specially designed bus to rural areas in Rifle. The Rifle and Glenwood Springs community came together to host the Preschool on Wheels celebration event… Read more »

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 Foundations. 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 »