Early Learning Ventures

A Groundbreaking Endeavor

Early Learning VenturesEarly Learning Ventures (ELV), founded by the David and Laura Merage Foundation, is a groundbreaking endeavor engaging the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to address the operational challenges facing early care and education (ECE). With extensive experience in capital finance, business development, and early childhood education, Merage Foundations is uniquely positioned to support this initiative.


Increasing Access to High Quality ECE

Early Learning Ventures is increasing access to high quality early care and education (ECE) by accelerating quality improvements, increasing operational effectiveness, and supporting a momentum for broader industry reform.ELV_MoneyAndStar

We believe all children have the right to develop strong learning foundations through universal access to high quality ECE programs. Early Learning Ventures is a bold approach to creating sustainable change in the ECE sector.

A Shared Services Approach

As seen in other industries, a business model called “shared services” brings businesses together to obtain lower costs from economies of scale in business functions like payroll, marketing, human resources, staff training, and financial services. In order to survive in a fragile industry and an uncertain economy, early care and education organizations must work together in a collaborative way. This collaboration helps early care and education organizations:

  • Alleviate administrative costs
  • Save time with efficient business tools

These two combined savings (time and money) allow child care providers to reinvest to improve the overall quality of their services!


I now can focus on what is the most important part of a school – the children and families.”

– Kelley Rodriguez, Center Director at Global Village International

To date, nearly 600 child care programs in Colorado are utilizing ELV, serving more than 35,000 children state-wide!