What's New!

Early Education & Out of
School Time Capital Fund Celebration!

On February 4th, CIF celebrated the Early Education
and Out of School Time Capital Fund, which passed as
part of the Housing Bond Bill last November.
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Update on the Early Education and Out of School Time Capital Fund
 
Children's Investment Fund and our affiliate, CEDAC, are working with the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) to launch the new capital bond program for EEC and OST providers in Massachusetts.  Given the work to launch a new bond program, we don't expect a funding round until the fall.  At that point, the Request for Proposals will be issued by EEC, and widely publicized by EEC, the Fund, and other partners.
 
The first year bond allocation is $4 million.  Eligible applicants will be non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations planning renovations or construction of a facility that is, or will be, licensed by EEC, provided that at least 25% of the children served are from low income families.  Further details on eligibility will be included in the program guidelines, which are currently being developed.
 
If your organization is planning a capital project, please contact Mav Pardee at Children's Investment Fund: mpardee@cedac.org or call 617-727-5944.
 
 
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What Providers Should Know
  

 

SPACE MATTERS: There is substantial research on the importance of the physical environment on children’s social, emotional and cognitive development. Click Here for more about Why Quality Space Matters.

 

 

SINKS AND TOILETS: Sinks and Toilets: The location of classroom sinks and children’s bathrooms has a measurable impact on infection control, children’s hygiene, and independence, as well as on teachers’ ability to be present and actively participating in classroom activities.

 
 
 
THERMAL COMFORT: There is considerable research on the effects of temperature on concentration and learning; when children are too hot or too cold, they can’t concentrate and may resist participating in activities.
 
 
 
NATURAL PLAY SPACE MATTERS: There is growing interest in natural outdoor play spaces for children.  Some of it was started by Richard Louv’s book, , published in 2005. He coined the term “nature deficit disorder” – a phrase that resonated with parents and educators across the country.  Click Here for more Natural Play information.
 
 
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organizations to develop high-quality spaces for early learning and youth development in

Massachusetts

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