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Housing Development and Child Care Facilities: Strategies and Financing

The wildfire devastation in Sonoma County in 2017 prompted LIIF, funded by First 5 California, along with First 5 Sonoma County, Community Child Care Council (4Cs) of Sonoma County and the Child Care Planning Council of Sonoma County to study how to create a public/private partnerships to build child care facilities in affordable housing developments. This paper is the outcome of our year-long effort to determine how to build these partnerships and provide resources for housing developers and ECE providers looking to partner on projects.
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Quality Environments for Children: A Design and Development Guide for Child Care and Early Education Facilities

This guide gives child care operators, architects and developers tips on how to work together on each phase of a facilities project (planning, design and construction) to create quality early childhood education facilities.
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Bridge Child Care Handbook

A guide for developing child care facilities with affordable housing.
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Building Pre-K

Recommendations for philanthropy & CDFI collaborations to finance early education facilitiesDownload PDF

A Guide to Underwriting Child Care

A sample guide to underwriting child care based on the 5 C’s of credit
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Public Capital Financing

Public sources of funding and eligibility requirements for child care facilities development
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Strategies for Child Care & Affordable Housing Co-Location

In Sonoma County, California, the shortage of child care was exacerbated by the wildfires of 2017, leading to the loss of nearly 500 slots. This video outlines steps for a solution: the co-location of child care facilities with affordable housing developments. Video supported by the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), BRIDGE Housing, Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County, the Child Care Planning Council of Sonoma County and First5 Sonoma County.

Housing Development and Child Care Facilities Strategies and Financing

This webinar is about lessons learned and key steps applicable to all California counties in pursuit of systemic changes in our child care system by cross sector private/public partnerships. With the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) expertise in early care and education facilities financing and technical assistance, there may be untapped opportunities with your community stakeholders to expand access to high-quality child care for families at all income levels.

Lessons from the Northern California Fires: Disaster Plans and Early Care & Education

The Low Income Investment Fund and its Sonoma County community partners believe that planning for ECE is a necessary component of any disaster plan – and should be in place long before fires, earthquakes, floods or other events strike. After the North Bay fires, we worked alongside the public sector to create a plan and a revenue stream to rebuild.

Early care and education is at the heart of LIIF’s work. Read more about insights from ECE experts, innovative tools and community stories on our blog.