How ELV’s Resource Platform is Benefiting Students at Arapahoe Community College

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By Guest Blogger, Kristin Habicht, Department Chair of Early Childhood Education, Arapahoe Community College I wanted to share a unique partnership that we at Arapahoe Community College have enjoyed for a couple of years with Early Learning Ventures (ELV). As you may know, ELV is a non-profit designed to support child care providers in business operations. They have a variety… Read more »

Congratulations to the Very First Level 5 Rated ‘Colorado Shines’ Family Child Care Home Programs

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Last week, an event was hosted by the Colorado Office of Early Childhood to honor the first two family child care home providers in the state to achieve a level 5 Colorado Shines rating. One of these accomplished programs is Fuller Child Care, owned and operated by Rebecca Fuller, who is an ELV affiliate and Quality Child Care Partnership program… Read more »

Little Angels Achieves Four Star Colorado Shines Rating

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Little Angels was one of the very first six pilot sites for Early Learning Ventures when it began back in 2009. Since then, they have worked and dedicated their time and efforts into streamlining their businesses practices and investing in their programs to raise the level of quality of care to meet the needs of the children and families they… Read more »

ELV Supports Cooking Matters Classes By Providing Free Child Care

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On June 23, seven families from across Arapahoe County began attending Cooking Matters classes and while their parents were taking classes, Early Learning Ventures provided child care to the children to remove the cost of child care and encourage attendance. Cooking Matters is a national campaign which has served more than 265,000 low-income families across the U.S. since its inception… Read more »

A Story About Peaches: A Family Child Care Provider’s Story

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A note from Jen Freed, Owner, Lil Peaches Home Childcare Finding the perfect peach is tough. To tell you a little bit about my family and myself…I’ve been married 16 years and have four children. Two older girls, 22 and 19, and after 14 years of waiting, we had another child, DJ, who is 2 years old. We also adopted our… Read more »

Request for Proposals: ELV Return on Investment Study

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Early Learning Ventures (ELV) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for qualified individuals or firms to conduct a return on investment study of the ELV model. Interested parties are encouraged to read through the RFP and submit their proposal by the August 12th deadline. The full RFP can be found here.                … Read more »

EHS Reflections

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A Shared Services Approach to the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships: Reflections on One Year of Implementation  A little over one year ago, Early Learning Ventures (ELV) received an Early Head Start–Child Care (EHS–CC) Partnership grant to support vulnerable children and families in underserved areas across Colorado. Although not a Head Start grantee at the time, the vision was to use… Read more »

Judy Williams Participates in Inaugural Social Impact Cruise

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Judy Williams, Executive Director of Early Learning Ventures was invited to participate in the inaugural event and launch of a new nonprofit social impact initiative pioneered by Carnival Corporation called Fathom, which is a private-public partnership. The Fathom initiative is a new way to travel with a social purpose and provides the opportunity to build community with like-minded people, and… Read more »