History

Early Connections Learning Centers is the oldest nonprofit child care organization in Colorado and is recognized statewide as a leader in the field of early childhood education.

In 1897, fourteen visionary women founded the Colorado Springs Day Nursery Association, recognizing the need for child care for working women. One of the founders, Alice Bemis Taylor, donated money to build the Day Nursery to provide a permanent home for the Association. The building was dedicated “to all mothers and all children” in December, 1923. The Day Nursery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

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The Colorado Springs Day Nursery Association merged with the Child Day Care Center (now Early Connections at Antlers Place) in 1973 and became Child Nursery Centers. A third site, the Gregg Bemis Center, opened in 1974 and was relocated in 1984 to a building shared with the Boys and Girls Club (now Early Connections at South Chelton). Our Sand Creek Center opened in 1995. The Home Network, a partnership with independently-licensed home child care providers began in 2000. School-age sites in Harrison School District Two schools opened in 2008.

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Your gift can change the trajectory of a child’s life forever.

Early Connections also welcomes non-cash gifts such as stock and bonds, real estate, retirement assets and insurance. Gifts can be made for example through a bequest, qualified charitable distribution, beneficiary designation, annuity or trust.

For additional information or to learn more about the giving option that best aligns with your current financial picture, please contact Rebekah Gans at (719) 381-4803 or rgans@earlyconnections.org.

Colorado Tax Credit

The State of Colorado offers a 50% income tax credit for donations to child care centers. As a leader in early childcare and education, Early Connections Learning Centers donors are eligible to receive the maximum 50% tax credit.

What does that mean? This means that your individual or corporate contribution to Early Connections Learning Centers has a direct impact on the lives of over 700 children AND it has the additional benefit of reducing your Colorado tax liability.