We Show Respect

September 20, 2017

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

August 29, 2017

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

July 25, 2017

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

July 24, 2017

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

July 12, 2017

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

June 27, 2017

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

June 13, 2017

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

May 23, 2017

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

May 10, 2017

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

May 5, 2017

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 »