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 »

Ralph Smith of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Highlights ELV at the White House

December 30, 2014

On December 15, 2014, Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, participated in a panel discussion at the White House Summit on Early Education. The conversation focused on the expansion of private investment in early learning.  Ralph spoke of the solid examples of programs that seek to engage parents and provide access to early learning for all children where… Read more »

Congress Passes Bill to Reauthorize Child Care Subsidy Funds and Quality Improvements

November 19, 2014

On November 17, Congress voted 88 to 1 to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the primary federal program that provides funds for child care subsidies for low-income families and to improve child care quality. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law, reauthorizing the program for the first time in nearly 20 years. The bi-partisan… Read more »

ELV Affiliates are First Phase of Testing for the Division of Early Care and Learning – CCCAP Provider Self Service Portal

October 9, 2014

The Provider Self Service Portal (PSSP) is launching soon in Colorado, and the first phase of testing is being offered to Early Learning Ventures (ELV) Affiliate childcare providers on Tier 3 services. A training was hosted at the ELV offices on September 30 to ensure all providers were trained and ready to be the first ones to test the portal… Read more »

The Office of Early Childhood – Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant Provides Free ELV Shared Services Access to Child Care Providers

September 29, 2014

Jeanette Villalobos, Director of Spanish Peaks Childcare Center in Walsenburg, CO, had heard of Early learning Ventures (ELV) before she knew of the the Race to the Top Grant. When she applied for a previous grant for her center, it was recommended to her that she become part of ELV in order to help with organizational tasks. But, between shopping… Read more »