Over the last 25 years, Reinvestment Fund has invested over $30 million in early childhood education (ECE). Our high-impact, high-efficiency investments are based on a revolutionary combination of data that analyzes:
We find the gaps between this supply and demand, neighborhood by neighborhood. We also compare this information with demographic and economic data to identify the communities where increased resources can have the greatest impact. In partnership with visionary investors and a steering committee of local experts, we make targeted investments that give more children the opportunity to get the high-quality early childhood education they deserve.
Our investment strategies are remarkably precise because they are based on the specific challenges and existing resources unique to each place we work. We pair our investments with on-the-ground technical assistance to increase the availability, quality, and sustainability of early learning centers for every child in every neighborhood. Our strategy increases the availability and quality of childcare in the exact places where families need it most. This approach—driven by smart data and collaborative partnerships—can make a difference in cities across America. Learn more about our programs:
Reinvestment Fund’s Policy Solutions team has developed an approach to modeling the supply (total, state certified, rated high-quality), demand, and also the gaps in care across localities. The analysis has been successfully applied to Philadelphia, PA, the five-county Atlanta, GA region, Newark, NJ, Passaic County, NJ, and Washington, DC.
Because there is typically no single data source for this information, the model statistically estimates the supply of and demand for child care by combining multiple datasets. Additionally, in each study area, Reinvestment Fund assembles a stakeholder group of local early childhood experts to vet the data and review statistical and spatial methods to ensure results show an accurate portrait of child care. Explore some examples of the work: