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Children’s Investment Fund Offers Hands-on Training for Developing Natural Outdoor Play Spaces

This summer, CEDAC’s affiliate Children’s Investment Fund (the Fund) hosted its "Let's Take It Outside" (LTIO) training on outdoor play spaces at Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center. The one-day interactive training offered 14 non-profit early childhood education (ECE) and out-of-school time (OST) organizations across Massachusetts an overview on how to successfully u...

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Looking Back While Thinking Ahead: Celebrating CEDAC’s History

Two years ago, CEDAC launched the INSITES blog in anticipation of an important organizational milestone: our 40th anniversary.  We have enjoyed this opportunity to revisit our history and reflect on the events and the people who have led us to where we are today, and to highlight how community development in Massachusetts has evolved over four decades. This past spring...

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CEDAC Staff Shares Technical Expertise on Affordable Housing and Community Development Panels

As a public private community development financial institution, CEDAC’s technical assistance focuses on understanding the interplay between project development and public policy.  CEDAC’s staff includes experienced practitioners in the areas of affordable housing production and preservation, and community facility development serving the early education sector.  We ...

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CEDAC Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary at Event Honoring Mel King

“Teamwork makes the dream work.” Mel King, legendary community activist and former state representative, invoked this phrase as he concluded his remarks at our 40th anniversary celebration on March 14th.  And Mel did not just speak these words, but rather inspired the audience to chant them together with him.  This phrase sums up his philosophy on community develo...

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CEDAC to Honor Mel King at 40th Anniversary Celebration

CEDAC is proud to celebrate 40 years of strengthening communities across the Commonwealth. We are thrilled to announce that we will honor former State Representative Mel King as we commemorate this anniversary this month. As a Massachusetts State Representative, Mel King sponsored legislation in 1978 which created CEDAC with a mission to support community-based developme...

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Evolution of the Fund: A Look Back With Mav Pardee

At INSITES this week, we complete our series of spotlights on previous directors of the Children's Investment Fund ("the Fund"). Today, Mav Pardee, the organization's third director, recounts the Fund's long history of working with non-profit providers to create high-quality learning environments for the most vulnerable children in Massachusetts. 1. Describe your exper...

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Evolution of the Fund: A Look Back With Viki Bok

At INSITES this week, we continue our series of spotlights on previous directors of the Children's Investment Fund ("the Fund"). Today, Viki Bok, the organization's second director, reflects on how the Fund's role in the nonprofit child care provider community has evolved throughout the years. Describe your experience as the director for Children’s Investment Fund...

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Evolution of the Fund: A Look Back With Dan Violi

At INSITES this week, we introduce the first in a series of spotlights on previous directors of the Children's Investment Fund ("the Fund"). Today, Dan Violi shares his experiences as the original program manager and how he has seen the Fund evolve as a key resource for the non-profit early education and care community. Describe your experience as the director for Chi...

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Children’s Investment Fund Awarded $300,000 from CDFI Fund to Support High-Quality Early Education Facilities

At INSITES this week, we share the great news that Children's Investment Fund, an affiliate of CEDAC, has received $300,000 from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). This award will allow us to continue financing capital improvements for early education facilities and strengthening the child care sector. R...

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Governor Baker’s FY18 EEOST Award Announcement

On August 15th at Crispus Attucks Children’s Center in Dorchester, Governor Baker announced $4 million in FY18 Early Education and Out of School Time (EEOST) Capital Fund awards to the following organizations, each receiving $1 million: Citizens for Citizens, Inc. in Fall River, which serves 200 children and plans to make playground improvements, window replacements...

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