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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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Children’s Investment Fund Becomes a Certified CDFI

In June, the Children’s Investment Fund (CIF) received some welcome news – the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund had certified CIF as a CDFI. This certification enables us to apply for federal funding to increase low-cost lending capital for early childhood education (ECE) and out-of-school time (OST) facility ...

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Let’s Take It Outside: Developing Natural Play Spaces

On June 14th, 23 participants from 14 non-profit early education and care (ECE) and out of school time (OST) organizations across Massachusetts gathered at the Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan for 2018’s Let’s Take It Outside: Developing Natural Play Spaces (LTIO), a one-day training offered through the Children’s Investment Fund (...

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Building Stronger Centers Through the Children’s Investment Fund

The Children’s Investment Fund (“the Fund”) offers technical assistance, training and financial support to non-profit early education and care (ECE) and out of school time (OST) programs across Massachusetts. In late May, the Fund administered the tenth Building Stronger Centers Training Institute (BSC), a comprehensive four-day program for ECE and OST providers. ...

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Improving Space through Research

Over a decade ago, a college professor and her students routinely observed how children interacted with teachers in an early childhood education program in Connecticut. They found that only 3 percent of each child’s time was spent interacting with an educator. This low percentage was notable, considering that research shows that engagement with a caregiver is essential t...

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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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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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