ELPM’s mission is to support and promote early childhood learning and development by providing safe and adequate facilities where early learning programs and activities can be conducted. Since its inception in 1999, ELPM has become a leader in addressing the lack of high-quality early learning facilities, ages birth to 5 years old, in Metro Atlanta. For the past 20 years, ELPM has purchased, renovated or constructed 15 high-quality early education centers located in Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Barrow, Paulding, and Greene counties. ELPM centers have accumulatively served 39,000+ young children and their families in licensed, NAEYC accredited or equivalent, Quality Rated, facilities offering high-quality, nurturing educational programs, as well as community outreach programs. Studies have shown that a strong focus on quality education for children under five produce long term benefits, especially for at-risk children. Providing access to affordable, high-quality facilities is a key ingredient for delivering successful, nurturing early childhood care for children to be ready to learn and ready to succeed in the K-12 educational system. ELPM collaborates and works closely with funders, grantmakers, and philanthropists who share a common goal and commitment to address the issues facing 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. 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 children the opportunity to attend quality early learning centers, giving them the same opportunity as their more advantaged peers.