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The Challenges of Facility Improvement Projects

The business of providing care to young children can be very challenging. Child care directors of early education and care (ECE) and out-of-school time (OST) centers are required to balance multiple and complex responsibilities as administrators, fundraisers, facility managers, educators, and advocates often at the same time. Many programs are located in spaces and buildin...

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Exploring Innovative Financing for Early Education

At a time when federal funding is in flux and early education and care remains chronically underfunded, state and local innovative efforts to finance child care facilities can offer smaller-scale solutions. Through its commitment to supporting high-quality early education and care with public dollars (for a background on MA’s commitment through the EEOST Capital Fund pro...

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Investing in Spaces for Children

Massachusetts is only the second state in the nation to make capital bond financing available for early childhood education (ECE) and out-of-school time (OST) facilities. In 2013, state legislators passed a bill that led to the creation of the Early Education and Out of School Time (EEOST) Capital Fund, which provides capital grants of up to $1 million for providers across...

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Guiding Quality Early Education Facility Design

A well-designed, well-equipped environment supports learning, but child care programs are often located in church basements, old storefronts, and other substandard spaces that were not intended for educational uses. At Children’s Investment Fund (the Fund), we believe that all children deserve to learn in safe physical environments that help support healthy development. ...

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