Two Major Bills with ECE Implications Signed in to Law – Providing More Opportunities for U.S. Children to Reach Their Full Potential in 2016

December 29, 2015

Congress has passed—and President Obama has signed—two major bills that positively impact early childhood care and education in a significant way. Firstly, the $1.1 trillion Omnibus appropriations bill includes nearly $1 billion in new money for early childhood. These dollars fund increases for critical programs which support children from low income families including the Child Care and Development Block Grant… Read more »

Article by Senator Bennet in Parker Chronicle Highlights Colorado’s Challenge for Affordable Child Care

November 16, 2015

In an article published in the Parker Chronicle, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet discusses the burdens working families carry to provide for their families, and specifically, to find high-quality, affordable child care. He references stories he heard from parents at a child care forum held in August at ELV affiliate, New Legacy Learning Academy. “This past August in Aurora we met… Read more »

ELV Reports 26 Child Care Providers Signed Up to Date for Unique Model Made Possible by Early Head Start Grant

October 21, 2015

Through a $3.1 million grant from the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership that was awarded to ELV earlier this year, ELV is employing a unique, five-prong approach to increasing the quality of child care in Arapahoe, Garfield, Mesa, and Pueblo counties. ELV is thrilled to report that through the first nine months of the year, we have contracted a total… Read more »

ELV Hosts Training with Colorado Child Care Licensing Specialists on New Access to Remote Compliance Data Review Tools

July 16, 2015

Last week, ELV hosted a training on the ELV Resource platform and Alliance CORE where more than 50 Licensing Specialists from across the state of Colorado were in attendance. This expanded partnership with the State of Colorado’s Office of Early Childhood now allows for Licensing Specialists to be able to review an ELV Affiliate child care provider’s child, family, and… Read more »

Early Learning Ventures – Early Head Start Welcomes 7 New Child Care Providers in Mesa County to Our Network

June 24, 2015

Early Learning Ventures (ELV) held an in-depth orientation of the Early Head Start (EHS) program in Mesa County last month where it previewed the requirements and opportunities of joining the network. Through a $3.1 million grant from the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership that was awarded to ELV earlier this year, ELV will deliver EHS services to 240 eligible children… Read more »

ELV Affiliates Receive Donated Books Through EPIC Partnership

June 5, 2015

Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) once again hosted the Colorado Business Reads Book Drive to support their efforts to collect 100,000 books in 2015. To date, they have received 72,500 English books, over $4,000 in donations, and 9,000 brand new Spanish books! This year, Early Learning Ventures (ELV) was able to secure 5,000 books from EPIC’s Book Drive… Read more »

The State Preschool Yearbook Profiles Current State-by-State Funding for PreK

May 13, 2015

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) issued The 2014 State Preschool Yearbook this week. This publication is an annual report profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs across the United States. The latest Yearbook presents data on state-funded prekindergarten during the 2013-2014 school year as well as documenting more than a decade of change since the first Yearbook collected data on the 2001-2002 school year.  For the… Read more »

How ELV Saves Center Directors Their Sanity: An Interview with Judy Johnson

April 15, 2015

Judy Johnson, Center Director at Global Village International in Aurora has been quoted for saying “ELV saves my sanity” on many occasions. We recently sat down with Judy to find out exactly how ELV has been so instrumental in saving her center time and money, and why she went to the head of Global Village International to present on ELV… Read more »

President Obama Proposes Initiatives to Help Make Quality Child Care More Accessible

January 23, 2015

In his state of the Union address on January 20, 2015, President Obama stated “In today’s economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality childcare more than ever. It’s not a nice-to-have — it’s a must-have. So it’s time we stop treating childcare as a side issue, or as… Read more »