We at Children’s Investment Fund (the Fund) believe that all children need to learn in safe physical environments designed to support their healthy growth and development. We help non-profit organizations in Massachusetts develop high quality facilities for early learning and youth programs.

Investing in high quality early childhood education (ECE) and out-of-school time (OST) programs helps address educational disparities faced by children at risk. But quality is the crucial component. A well-designed, well-equipped environment supports learning, while a poorly adapted and overcrowded environment undermines it. While improved facilities alone will not transform a poorly-run program, we know that facilities problems reduce the quality of care in many average-to-good programs. Children’s Investment Fund works statewide providing grant and loan capital for facilities projects.

Financing
Financing
Nurtury, Boston

Often providers will need to piece together multiple financing sources to cover the cost of a project. The Fund helps finance capital projects. We lend money for facilities renovation or construction, often on more flexible and affordable terms than other lenders.

Financing
Nurtury, Boston
Training
Training
Building Stronger Centers Training Institute, 2014

The Fund provides training opportunities to non-profit child care providers, bringing together experts in financing, design, fundraising, and the development process. We offer a four-day Building Stronger Centers Training Institute as well as a day-long Let’s Take it Outside training on natural play space.

Training
Building Stronger Centers Training Institute, 2014
Technical Assistance
Technical Assistance
Childcare of the Berkshires, North Adams

Lack of experience or technical expertise can be as big a barrier as lack of funding. The Fund provides free technical assistance to its borrowers and grantees and will help connect you to experienced architects, engineers and project managers to move your project forward.

Technical Assistance
Childcare of the Berkshires, North Adams
Welcome

All children deserve the opportunity to learn and develop in well-designed learning spaces. We all understand that clean, safe and healthy environments are an important component of successful teaching and learning.

For over 25 years, the Children’s Investment Fund has been providing technical expertise and financing to non-profit child care centers planning to improve or expand their facilities. Our primary goal is to increase the supply and quality of child care facilities in Massachusetts. We offer high quality training programs, access to professional consultants and funding to pay for predevelopment expenses, acquisition of property and permanent financing.

We are excited to share with you the launch of our new website. If you are a non-profit organization, we look forward to helping you turn your vision of high quality space into a reality.

Theresa Jordan
Director of Children's Facilities Finance
Peg Sprague
Board President, Children's Investment Fund
Nonprofit Service Providers Become Developers to Better Serve Families
Banker & Tradesman / Jan 15, 2018

  Roger Herzog Community-based organizations serving low-income families, women and children have long understood the benefits of integrating housing and early education services as core aspects of their...

Aspiring to Reach New Heights on Franklin Street in Lynn
The Daily Item / Oct 25, 2017

The $4.5 million transformation of the former O’Keefe Alternative School on Franklin Street into a state-of-the-art early education center for Aspire Developmental Services is complete. “We have gone from a very s...

Massachusetts’ Financing For Child Care Providers A Model For Other States
Banker & Tradesman / Oct 15, 2017

Roger Herzog The statistics are troubling. The United States ranks 36th out of 40 developed nations for the percentage of 3- to 5-year-olds enrolled in “pre-primary” or primary school. Enrollment rates var...

“Our physical space now matches the quality of our program. Our building is designed around our philosophy of community. When parents walk in the door, they are sold. The stunning interior and the way that our teachers take pride in documenting what children are learning in this beautiful space send a visual message about what is important to us.”
Melinda WeberDirector, Bigelow Cooperative Daycare Center