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From the Ground Up: Improving Child Care and Early Learning Facilities Event Watch Party Discussion Guide

The Bipartisan Policy Center encourages you and your community to participate in From the Ground Up: Improving Child Care and Early Learning Facilities, by hosting an event Watch Party. Invite your colleagues, community members, and partners to watch the webcast together on Wednesday, May 22, from 10:00-11:30 AM Eastern.

From the Ground Up: Improving Child Care and Early Learning Facilities will address the scope of the facilities problem and opportunities for financing facility renovation and construction. Panelists will explore models for supporting family child care providers, improving knowledge and building capacity of providers, innovations in rural communities, and engaging philanthropy in address child care needs.

We hope you participate virtually by tweeting your questions at #bpclive. Following the event, continue the conversation using the guiding questions below.

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Who to Invite

Child care and early learning providers and program directors; local officials; advocates across child care, early childhood, housing, and transportation; community foundations; community planning and economic development experts; and business leaders.

Discussion Questions

Community Context

  • What types of child care facilities do we have in our community (center-based, family child care, for profit, nonprofit, faith-based)?
  • What kinds of investments has our community/city/county/state made in child care and early learning facility improvements? What existing policies or funding programs support facility infrastructure?
  • Which community partners do we need to engage in this conversation?

Discussion Questions

  • Why is the early care industry willing to accept mediocre or even low-quality standards for early learning environments? What can we do to build our community’s commitment to requiring higher standards beyond health and safety requirements?
  • Why are early learning facilities not more strongly prioritized in quality assessments?
  • What resources and opportunities can we leverage for improving existing and/or constructing new facilities (for example, local business investments, Opportunity Zones, or philanthropy)?
  • How do we bring new champions to the table to move progress forward?
  • What are our next steps?

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