Englewood, CO (PRWEB) June 28, 2014
Colorado-based Early Learning Ventures (ELV) joined leaders in business, government, and civil society from across the country this week at the 4th annual Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which took place in Denver June 23-25. ELV, an organization founded by the David & Laura Merage Foundation, is leveraging shared services to increase the operational efficiencies of child care providers, thus allowing them to provide higher quality child care at a lower cost. ELV attended the 2013 CGI America meeting as well where its official CGI Commitment to Action was established. At the 2014 event in ELV’s home state of Colorado, that commitment was reinforced and an update was provided on the developments from the past year.
“We were honored to once again be a part of this important national discussion that seeks to increase learning opportunities for all of America’s children,” said Sue Renner, Executive Director of Early Learning Ventures. “We realized some great progress over the past year in our efforts to expand ELV to child care centers across Colorado, and we continue to see the value in broad-based partnerships as we seek to scale and expand our model even more. The conversations and ideas we received from stakeholders across the country at CGI America helped us further frame and refine our strategy for growth in 2014 and beyond,” Sue added.
The Merage Foundations is a part of Colorado Philanthropy for Early Childhood, a collaboration of Colorado funders, that came together to sponsor the 2014 CGI America event. These funders hosted an exclusive networking event on Monday night that brought together nearly 100 business leaders, policy experts, public officials, and funders from across the nation to discuss best practices and innovative ideas for public-private collaboration in the early childhood sector at the national, state, and local levels.
About Early Learning Ventures
Founded by the David & Laura Merage Foundation, Early Learning Ventures (ELV) is making it possible to deliver high quality and affordable early care and education. ELV strategically aligns itself with a diverse range of community-based partners to deliver a comprehensive, fully integrated shared services model. Through the power of SAS technology and the resourcefulness of community partners, ELV brings together small, market-based child care providers with the often siloed, child care regulatory, quality improvement, and subsidy systems. ELV is currently serving more than 550 child care businesses, impacting 30,000 plus children, and returning up to $8 for each dollar invested. For more information, visit http://www.earlylearningventures.org.
About the David & Laura Merage Foundation
Promote self-sufficiency through education and community development, the foundation supports programs that are focused on social change and result in children, families and communities improving the quality and circumstances of their lives. David & Laura Merage believe that education is the gateway to optimal life outcomes. For more information, please visit http://www.merage.org.
About the Clinton Global Initiative America
The Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America), a program of the Clinton Global Initiative, addresses economic recovery in the United States. Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting, CGI America participants have made over 300 commitments valued at more than $15 billion when fully funded and implemented. To learn more, visit cgiamerica.org.
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders year-round and at its Annual Meeting to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI also convenes CGI University, which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their communities and around the world. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 2,800 Commitments to Action, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $103 billion. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.