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 »

New ELV Affiliate Tells us “I Needed this Ten Years Ago!”

August 18, 2014

Last week, ELV staff was in Colorado Springs training our newest Affiliate member, Global Village International. Each time a new child care provider enrolls in ELV, staff members conduct a personal training session to walk through the many tools and resources the platform provides. From purchasing discounts to classroom resources to online training that meets child care licensing requirements to a… Read more »

ELV at CGI America 2014

July 21, 2014 J Williams and President Clinton

ELV Program Director, Judy Williams, attended the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI America), where she collaborated with national leaders and renewed the organization’s commitment on behalf of ELV. She also reported on ELV’s status from 2013. That report details: “In 2013, Early Learning Ventures, along with its partners, committed to expanding quality child care by expanding and establishing statewide networks… Read more »

National Public Radio Runs a Story on Mediocre Child Care

April 18, 2013

Yesterday, National Public Radio (NPR) ran a story on the state of America’s child care entitled “The Hell of America’s Day Care: Expensive and Mediocre.” To read or listen to the full article, click here. This represents an important national discussion and we support NPR bringing further light to the situation. Each day, millions of children ranging in age from six… Read more »

To grow the economy, invest in early childhood education

January 28, 2013

We had to share this excellent blog from The Hill’s Congress Blog. Early Learning Ventures and Merage Foundations continues to work tirelessly to ensure federal policy and budgets include support for and investment in early care and education.  Thank you to Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn) and Kris Perry, executive director, First Five Year’s, for their work in this critical area. _________________________________ In… Read more »

Mark Your Calendars to Tune into Child Care Shared Services on Buell Leaders Radio

November 19, 2012

Shared services models in child care are designed to be a one-stop shop for business supports for child care providers – everything from ordering supplies to tracking attendance.  This service is gaining popularity in Colorado, where Early Learning Ventures has launched alliances in four regions across the state.  Brian Conly and Ty Johnson from the Early Learning Ventures Metro Alliance… Read more »