Improve Access to Quality Care

Policymakers, advocates and funders can help free up child care providers to do what they do best—care for and educate children and families—and get assistance with the rest, such as managing government subsidy programs, compliance, licensing, and billing.

The Challenge

Most early care and education (ECE) programs are delivered by the private sector – approximately 85% – in nonprofit, faith-based, and for-profit centers, as well as thousands of home-based businesses. Unlike our K-12 and higher education systems, which have their own infrastructure, ECE cannot be described as a system. The lack of coordination and a unifying infrastructure in the sector results in fragmented services that are difficult for parents to navigate.

Most ECE organizations function on very weak business platforms with cumbersome and blended funding streams, resulting in few economies of scale. Low profitability and weak business platforms have an impact on ECE quality. Poor to mediocre programs do not help children get ready for school. This quality gap presents an additional challenge for parents, who are the majority funders for ECE: high quality ECE is costly and therefore unaffordable to most parents.

An Innovative Solution: Early Learning Ventures

Early Learning Ventures (ELV) supplies child care providers with the tools and resources they need to create a strong business foundation. That foundation supports the infrastructure for the building blocks of a strong child care program, freeing up time and money to focus on improving the quality of their care and education.
An Innovative SOlution

Expand ELV Across the Country

Early Learning Ventures is launching Alliances in communities across the nation. ELV Alliances are streamlined, one-stop central hubs that provide business support for the child care industry. They bring technology and business practices to their members, which are a mix of nonprofit and for-profit providers. This model is the only state-wide approach of its kind in the country, and it can be replicated in any community. Small businesses share the cost of paying a well-staffed, financially-stable local nonprofit—the Alliance—to share administrative services. They save time and money, yet remain small and independent.

The cost savings demonstrated in our ROI study and efficiencies gained by child care providers make ELV Alliances a good investment. The child care industry creates jobs, contributes to working families’ earnings and productivity, generates revenues for local businesses providing supplies and services, and helps ensure young children—our future workforce—succeed.

“ELV strategically invests dollars to ensure all children can access high-quality early care and be better prepared to succeed in school and life.”
– Christine Benero, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mile High United Way, Denver, CO