Nearly twenty-five years ago, Early Learning Property Management, Inc. (ELPM) was incorporated as a 501(c)3 to address the alarming condition of unlicensed, nonprofit early childcare centers. With a combined passion for early education and a deep well of connections to the philanthropic community, ELPM saw that it could help nonprofit providers by providing high-quality centers to deliver programs in safe, nurturing learning environments. To date, ELPM has purchased, renovated or constructed 350,000 square feet of high-quality early learning space which has accumulatively served over 46,000 young children and their families.
The importance of early learning cannot be emphasized enough! It is well known that our most formative learning occurs in the first few years of life. If children have access to a high-quality early learning programs, they will enter kindergarten with a strong foundation of knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm that will stay with them throughout their academic journey. For over two decades, ELPM has worked with nonprofit early education providers to address facilities needs and ensure that children enrolled through Head Start and other non-profit programs are afforded an enriching, high-quality early education. Through the ELPM model, ELPM works with pre-qualified, proven 501(c)3 non-profit early care providers to evaluate their existing programs and explore available options to expand program services. Once a strategic plan is in place, ELPM implements a fund raising strategy, raises the capital funds for each project, and offers affordable long-term leases at below-market rates. Each center is operated by experienced, high-quality providers with proven, sustainable track records and steady income streams. Under the leasing terms, ELPM utilizes the rent proceeds to re-invest back into the facilities by providing the on-going maintenance and capital 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.
ELPM collaborates and works closely with funders, grant-makers, and philanthropists who share a common goal and commitment to address the issues facing early childhood learning, especially for the most at-risk. By coordinating and aligning resources through public and private partnerships, young children have access to high-quality, affordable early education, which is critical to prepare them to be ready to learn and succeed in their K-12 educational path.
ELPM has helped to build strong collaborations in the early learning arena and helped to bridge the achievement gap that starts before kindergarten. With the support and commitment of dedicated funding partners, ELPM has successfully implemented its mission to address the issue of available, accessible quality education facilities and make a difference in the lives of thousands of young children, families and communities. All children, including children with disabilities or other special needs, deserve access to quality early learning facilities and programs.
ELPM is not part of any state or national accreditation process.