SERVED AND COUNTING
A Recipe for Successful Early Childhood Learning
Under the ELPM model, ELPM raises the capital funds for each project and offers proven, non-profit early care providers affordable long-term leases at below-market rates. Under the leasing terms, ELPM utilizes the rent proceeds to re-invest back into the facilities by providing the on-going maintenance services and capital projections/repairs, which allow the providers to concentrate its efforts on the development of the children rather than dealing with facility issues or raising additional funds, which would be very challenging. Through these facilities, ELPM has directly improved the quality, efficiency, and accessibility for early learning by providing young
GOALS FOR ELPM
To make sure there are adequate, accessible, high quality early learning facilities available for eligible children in disadvantaged areas, ages birth to 4 years old, in Metro Atlanta and surrounding areas, especially the rural communities.
To ensure facilities are available to non-profit early childhood education providers with proven track records at “below” market rates so the providers can utilize their limited resources to provide high quality programs.
To provide facility maintenance services at the early learning centers which allows the providers to concentrate efforts on quality childhood program delivery.
To estimate future maintenance and capital expenditures to ensure the early learning centers remain safe, quality, and nurturing centers, and that the facilities continue to serve its intended purpose of providing quality early learning programs.
To make sure the early learning centers are licensed by the State of Georgia, enrolled in the Quality Rated system through Bright from the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, and meet all the Head Start and NAEYC, or equivalent, standards and requirements.
- Incorporated in 1999 as a 501c(3) functioning primarily with volunteers, in-kind services and loaned executives
- Took the lead in 1999 to re-align the Fulton County Head Start program
- Partnered with Smart Start Georgia (GELi, 1999) to develop a master plan to address the need for quality early learning
- Raised millions in dollars to own, construct or renovate 15 high-quality early learning
centersin Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Paulding, Barrow and Greene Counties, totalingapproximately 350,000 square feet
- In 19 years, ELPM
centersaccumulatively served approximately 36,000 young children, their families and local communities
- Performs on-going maintenance and capital expenditures of centers, forecasting for future maintenance and capital expenditures
- Explores avenues to help the Head Start grantees, and other non-profit providers to strengthen programs and strategize avenues for future program expansion and to help with the quality of facilities in Georgia
- Helped create the READY School initiative, a free,
half daysatellite classroom tied to a local, licensed early learning centersto enrollchildren who are not attending a quality early learning centerdue to slot availability, language barriers and cost
Helps link colleges with local high-quality early learning
centersto incorporate teaching labs into their early learning degree programs to address the need for additional high-quality early learning teachers
round tablemeetings with potential funders, philanthropists, local early learning commissions, or stakeholders to address the lack of facilities in their communities, develop strategic partnerships, and leverage fund raisingopportunities to tap into available resources
- Continues to raise awareness and strong advocacy for the importance of early learning
PROVIDER FAST FACTS
- NAEYC and/or Quality Rated developmentally appropriate learning programs
- Head Start Family and Early Childhood Education Services and infant/toddler scholarships at no cost to eligible families
- Georgia Pre-K Early Childhood Education available at no cost to
4 year olds
- Extended day services to assist families with childcare so they are able to work
- Served approximately 20,000,000+ meals to children who would not ordinarily receive throughout the day
- Fully equipped media
centersand family resource rooms available to parents to encourage “at home” educational nurturing
- STEM Programs, family nutrition and parenting classes
- Works with public schools to ensure smooth transition for children and families
- Community partnerships and links for medical and social services
- Positive economic impact on the community by providing
full timeemployment, quality