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Malana Boris is the Client Account Specialist of Early Learning Ventures headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube and learn more at earlylearningventures.org.
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
Early Learning Ventures is an education nonprofit that supports childcare providers in business operations to save them time and money so they can spend that time focusing on the children and their families.
WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR? WHY DOES THE WORLD NEED YOU?
Through a “partner not product” style approach, we make childcare providers’ lives easier through online trainings that meet licensing requirements, discounted purchases, a childcare management system, back-office financial services, and more!
WHAT IMPACT ARE YOU MAKING?
We have impacted, are in partner with, and support more than 250 licensed childcare providers in Colorado. We have expanded to New York, Nebraska, South Carolina and are continuing our national expansion as we speak.
WHAT (OR WHO) INSPIRES YOU TO MAKE THIS IMPACT?
We love being involved in our providers’ lives. Our partners state that we are “like family” to them, providing continual support daily and have been available to them since the get-go – for a lot of them, from the license start-up to where they are now.
WHAT’S YOUR VISION, YOUR BIG DREAM, FOR THE ORGANIZATION AND THE IMPACT YOU WANT TO MAKE?
We strive to continue to provide administrative support for our partners as we are expanding. We’ve had many growth hires to the organization over the course of 2019 based on our recent successes and hope to continue to grow and expand with the help of our partner referrals. Making their day-to-day lives easier fuels our drive to succeed.
WHAT RESOURCES DO YOU NEED TO MAKE THAT DREAM COME TRUE?
Early Learning Ventures (ELV) is a Colorado non-profit organization founded by the David and Laura Merage Foundation. As venture philanthropists, David and Laura Merage provided the seed funding to launch ELV, and the vision to bring this groundbreaking initiative to scale. They believe all children have the right to develop strong learning foundations through universal access to high quality early care and education, and they are utilizing a results-oriented business approach to strengthen the industry and improve universal access to high quality early care and education. We need funding and donations to continue to succeed as we have to make David and Laura’s dream continue to strive.
WHAT CHALLENGES ARE YOU FACING?
With a rapidly expanding provider network, we have to keep up with the customer service/business services side in order to take all incoming support calls here at headquarters to enable the “partner not product” style training approach to continue.
WHAT WORDS OF ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER LEADERS LOOKING TO MAKE AN IMPACT?
Remember who you’re doing this for. Our providers rely on us to keep all processes up-to-date, compliant, and as efficient as possible within our management system for them. Remembering to support their successes in any ways possible truly impacts our daily drive to make an impact on their behalf.
WHAT’S ONE THING YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT THE IMPORTANT WORK YOU’RE DOING?
We’ve completely changed our providers’ lives around. Aiding in administrative assistance through our management system, allows them to spend time doing what they love to do and should be and focus on most what’s most important, their children.
HOW CAN OTHERS SUPPORT YOU OR YOUR CAUSE?
Spread the word about CORE, and donate to the ELV. We appreciate all the continued support along the way and can’t wait to grow even more!
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