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From the Ground Up: Improving Child Care and Early Learning Facilities

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
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Safe and developmentally-appropriate child care and early learning facilities are crucial to helping children thrive. Yet, the physical infrastructure of these spaces has been long neglected. Existing data show the prevalence of potentially hazardous conditions in child care settings, such as broken gates, exposed nails, and high levels of environmental toxins. Moreover, many of these settings lack features that support children’s development, such as child-sized sinks and adequate lighting. To create safe spaces in which children can learn, play, and grow, providers need access to financial investments that support facility improvements – to move them beyond good enough.

On May 22, please join BPC to explore opportunities for improving child care and early learning facilities. The event will explore the scope of the facilities problem, as well as opportunities for financing facility renovation and construction through community partnerships, capacity building, innovation, and philanthropic engagement. It will also highlight the release of From the Ground Up: Improving Child Care and Early Learning Facilities, which details financing programs for supporting facility quality.

Nicole Barcliff
Policy Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Patricia A. Browne
President and CEO, National Children’s Center

Eric Buchanan
Director, Strategic Partnerships, Buffet Early Childhood Fund

Jonathan Harwitz
Managing Director for Federal Policy and Government Affairs, Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF)

Theresa Jordan
Director of Children’s Facilities Finance, Children’s Investment Fund

Erica Mackey
CEO and Co-Founder, MyVillage

Sarah Muncey
Co-Founder, Neighborhood Villages

Linda K. Smith
Director, Early Childhood Initiative, BPC

Rusty Smith
Associate Director, Rural Studio

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