First Step Staffing is a nonprofit social enterprise based in Atlanta. Founded in 2007, First Step’s mission is to secure sustainable income for individuals transitioning out of homelessness, including veterans, re-entering citizens, and others with significant barriers to employment. With financing from several organizations, including Reinvestment Fund, First Step is expanding to Philadelphia.Read Story
Revitalizing a Community, Helping Kids Eat Better and More
A Transformation in East Baltimore
A. Hoen & Co. was once among the most important lithographers in the US—its iconic prints included early National Geographic maps. At its peak, its complex in East Baltimore employed over 250 people. When the business closed in 1981, it left a dominating vacancy in a neighborhood that has also struggled with vacant homes and unemployment. This year, with financing from Reinvestment Fund, the complex is finally being redeveloped, breathing new life and hope into the neighborhood.
A new analysis commissioned by the Bainum Family Foundation and conducted by Reinvestment Fund provides the first comprehensive look at what the District of Columbia has, and what it lacks, in terms of early learning capacity and quality — and which parts of the community are most affected by existing gaps.
This information — especially when considered with other local data, such as Early Development Instrument (EDI) outcomes for District children — is designed to help policymakers, funders, providers and advocates make data-informed decisions about where resources and interventions are needed most. It also can help parents understand local early learning options and make the best decisions for their families.