Data and Capital Solutions
A child’s experiences before they turn five can make or break their success and happiness for the rest of their lives. Quality early childhood education (ECE) helps ensure that the critical development stage from birth to age 5—when 90% of a child’s brain develops—is an enriching and educational experience that prepares children to build relationships, learn in school, and graduate ready for college or careers.
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:
- the supply of early childcare centers (including non-licensed centers),
- the quality of each center, and
- the demand for these centers—based both on where families live and where they commute.
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.
Our Programs & Resources
- Childcare Map: A tool to help Philadelphians make decisions about childcare. Use it for research, planning, exploration and investment in expansion.
- Fund for Quality: Business planning support and facilities-related financing to support high-quality early care and education providers in Philadelphia with expanding their services to reach more low-income families.
- ECE Loan Fund: Flexible and low-interest loans to early childhood education providers in Philadelphia to maintain high-quality early learning environments.
- Early Childhood Education Fiscal Hub: The ECE Fiscal Hub helps child care owners and directors improve their business management practices and financial operations through resources, technical assistance, and policy advancement.
- Fiscal Hub Report: The report includes a pilot project summary, key observations, and recommendations to improve financial stability of child care providers.
- Early Childhood Map DC: Explore the supply of and demand for early learning seats across the District of Columbia.
- Early Learning Quality Fund: Business planning support and facilities-related financing for licensed early learning providers in Wards 7 and 8 in the District of Columbia to improve their facilities to provide safe, high-quality early environments for infants and toddlers (ages 0 to 3).
- New Jersey Child Nutrition Fund (NJCNF): Capital funding and technical assistance for federal nutrition program sponsors, sites, and meal vendors to expand the availability of fresh and nutritious food to children across the state of New Jersey.
- Passaic Country Childcare Map: Interactive web-based tool shows the supply of and demand for childcare and preschool in Passaic County, NJ and identifies where gaps exist. It also breaks down availability of high quality childcare and preschool centers.
- Newark Childcare Map: The Newark Child Care Map helps parents, child care providers, policy makers and investors use data to aid planning and decision-making around early childhood education in Newark, NJ.
- Nourishing Our Youngest Children: How to Expand the Child and Adult Care Food Program Report examines CACFP, with a focus on the child care portion of the program and the program’s current implementation in NJ. It includes a look at barriers and challenges and recommendations to expand this critical child nutrition to more young children across the state.
- ATL ACCESS Map: Interactive mapping tool for Metro Atlanta, to help funders, practitioners and childcare advocates make data-informed decisions about where early learning resources and interventions are most needed.