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White House Summit Child Care and Paid Leave

Dec 13 2019

December 12, 2019 (Washington, D.C.) On Thursday, December 12th the White House held a summit focused on child care and family paid leave. President Donald Trump invited prominent members of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) community, including Brittany Hasemann of Fruita, Colorado. Ms. Hasemann was invited to share her incredible story of starting her own thriving Family Child Care Home with the support of Early Learning Ventures (ELV).

White House Summit on Child Care and Paid Leave: Supporting America’s Working Families

President Trump introduced Ms. Hasemann to a room of ECE advocates, nonprofit and foundation leaders, law makers, private sector CEO’s and senior administration to further discuss the nation’s current issues regarding child care and family paid leave. Ms. Hasemann spoke of her successes and the support she has received from ELV as an Early Head Start-Child Care Partner. “It was very surreal to me how amazing it was and unbelievable that there was no catch. They wanted the same thing that I wanted for the kids.” Said Ms. Hasemann, referring to ELV’s support system. Showing their continued support for Ms. Hasemann in the White House audience was Executive Director of ELV, Judy Williams, and Vice President of the David and Laura Merage Foundation, Sue Renner.

Owning Her Own Child Care Business

Ms. Hasemann started her child care career nine years ago in February of 2010 as a small child care home, licensed for only six children. Five years later, she was approached by Early Learning Ventures who provided her with support, resources, and guidance to pursue classes for her directorship, increase her licensed child care capacity to twelve, and become trained on Alliance CORE, a Child Care Management System. By enrolling her families onto the system, Brittany was able to spend less time on physical paperwork and more time on the main priority – providing high-quality care and education to the children. In her partnership with ELV, and in addition to her original home-based child care, Brittany is now opening a center with a licensed capacity of 50. 

David and Laura Merage Foundation

The David and Laura Merage Foundation is a Colorado based nonprofit, invests in breakthrough innovations and ignites public will to increase access to quality early childhood education (Early Learning Ventures), bridge the divide between contemporary art and community (Black Cube), and ensure equitable justice for those experiencing mental illness (The Equitas Project).

Early Learning Ventures

In 2009, the David & Laura Merage Foundation launched Early Learning Ventures (ELV) with the belief that all children deserve access to high-quality early care and education. Since its launch, ELV has remained unwavering to its mission of equipping child care providers with business support, operational effectiveness, and improved regulatory compliance to improve quality, save time, and lower costs. ELV has strengthened the business performance of child care providers throughout Colorado, while offering high quality early childhood education to some of the state’s most vulnerable children through Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships. The Merage Foundation continues to incubate ELV as they nationally expand their innovative model allowing child care providers to focus on their passion; caring for children.