Early Childhood Education

Quality Education for our Youngest Learners

“By investing in early care and education we are preparing our children for the future. And the future of our children is in the hands of all of us. Education is always your way up.”  -David Merage

Early Learning Ventures

Early Learning Ventures (ELV), founded by the David and Laura Merage Foundation in 2008, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding access to quality, affordable childcare. The organization focuses
its efforts on improving the quality of childcare programs offered at center
and family childcare homes across Colorado- 85% of which are small,
independent businesses that lack the infrastructure and resources to invest
in quality improvements.


CareForAllChildren is a national campaign that believes that the way in which America views early childhood education, needs to change. Every child deserves access to high-quality and affordable childcare. Investing in early childhood education and care can help close the education gap, the income gap, and the gender gap.

Merage Mini Heroes

Merage Mini Heroes was launched by the David and Laura Merage Foundation to bring joy to the children of courageous front line healthcare workers who are putting in extraordinarily long hours away from their families. Working in partnership with Timbuk Toys and several other local businesses, the foundation created age-appropriate toy boxes filled with educational games that were gifted to local hospitals.


Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) is Business Leaders Supporting Early Childhood Through Advocacy and Workplace Initiatives. As a founding member, David and the foundation have been strong ECE advocates in both the business world and through their philanthropy.