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High-quality early care and education assures a strong start on the skills necessary for a child’s future success in school and life. Children in stimulating early education programs are more likely to be academically successful and less likely to need adult social services. Quality, affordable child care is an investment that enables the whole family to succeed by permitting low income parents to work or attend school while feeling confident about their children’s well-being. Unfortunately, demand far exceeds supply for high-quality child care, particularly for low income families. Using capital, capacity building and public advocacy together, LIIF builds sustainable community-based systems to support child care facility financing and development.



Children who attend well-run child care programs do better in school and have lower rates of crime, delinquency and welfare dependence.

  • $26.8 billion in social value created for children and families
  • $153 million invested
  • 864,000 family members benefiting from quality child care
  • 271,000 spaces in child care facilities built or enhanced

More about Our Impact


LIIF supports sustainable, community-based systems for financing and developing child care facilities through capital investments and capacity building throughout the United States, with a specific focus in California, San Francisco, Washington, DC, New York City and Atlanta. LIIF provides grant and loan capital for facilities development and improvement. In combination with capital, LIIF delivers specialized business support and development, including training and technical assistance on facilities design, development, financing and operations. Our Child Care Team also supports local communities’ efforts to identify and organize resources to increase the supply of quality local child care options.
More about Child Care Loans
More about Child Care Grants
More about Child Care Technical Assistance


High-quality early care and education programs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but all provide healthy, supportive, engaging places for children to learn and grow. LIIF is proud to have supported child care operators serving thousands of low income families, including family-based child care facilities, large centers and childhood development programs attached to affordable housing and schools.
Examples of LIIF’s Child Care Projects


LIIF advocates for local, state, and federal policies that support child care facility development through increasing resources for capital and technical assistance.
More about Our Child Care Policy Work

Resources & Publications

Visit our Publications page for articles and publications about Child Care

LIIF also maintains a set of tools and materials for child care operators, developers and community partners. Visit our Child Care Library of Tools