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					Presentation to EEC Fiscal
       Committee
             Dec 3, 2012




     “Everyone needs a place that is furnished with Hope”
                                        -- Maya Angelou
Background on Facilities Inventory
 Review of 182 ECE & OST sites
    Random sample of non-profit centers
    All programs had children on EEC
     subsidy
 Standards developed by 22
  member Advisory working with
  Wellesley Centers for Research
 Field visits done by OnSite Insight
  2010-2011
 Report released October 2011
Outreach during 2011 - 2012
 26 meetings across the state
 Distributed 2500 + copies of report
 Conducted legislator visits to
  centers
 PR: 18 articles, blogs, etc.
 Presented to EEC Board
 Met with Commissioner Killins,
  Secretary Reville, Secretary
  Bialecki
Positive Findings

Most sites met 80% of regulatory standards
Most sites met 50% of professional standards
 (accreditation & preliminary QRIS)
Most sites met 50% of best practice standards
Key Concerns
Building code                  12-17%
Classrooms without windows     20%
Indoor air quality             22%
Lack adult workspace           22%
Thermal comfort                34%
Lack active play space         54%
Lack technology for teachers   65%
Lack classroom sinks           70%
Under-investment in Facilities
Substandard space is the norm
   Lack of resources in program budgets
   Competing demands: teacher pay, rates
   Few have experience working in good settings
Good space is a critical factor in program quality
   Supports meaningful interactions
   Supports parent engagement
   Supports staff professionalism, morale, & commitment
  Capital Funding in Other States
                Funding       Total                                  Center   # of
                                           Eligibility
                Source        Funding Pool                           Match    Projects

Connecticut
                Revenue bond                                                  29
School                       $4 M per year      Nonprofit ECE
                financing                                            20%
Readiness Act   30 year term
                             $94 M since 1997   in high need areas
                                                                              5141 children
1997
Illinois
Early
                State funded                    Nonprofit ECE or
Childhood                                                                     TBD – new
                capital grants $45 M –          public schools       10%
Construction    $5 M limit                      in high need areas
                                                                              program
Act Grants
2011
Pennsylvania    State funded
Child Care      capital grants                                                55
                                                Nonprofit ECE
Challenge       $1 M limit 1st $30 M
                                                In high need areas
                                                                     25%
Grants          Year, $500K                                                   3315 children
2002 - 2004     2nd & 3rd Year
The Building Quality Campaign

Goal is to secure $45 M public
 bond financing for ECE & OST
 facility improvements
Partnership with United Way of
 MA Bay & Merrimack Valley
CHAPA to include our request
 in its 2013 Housing &
 Community Development Bond
 Bill
Children’s Investment will also
 file a separate placeholder
 request
Eligibility

Eligible expenses: acquisition, design & planning, site
 development, construction
 Eligible borrowers: licensed non- profit providers
 serving 25% children on subsidy
Financing to range from 50 - 80% of the total
 development costs, based on # of subsidy-eligible
 children
Deferred Payment Loans

Permanent deferred payment loan for a term of 30
 years
Extensions may be granted for successive terms as
 long as the provider continues to serve eligible
 children
Developing Coalition

Various ECE & OST advocacy groups
Meeting with legislators
Seeking endorsements for the bill
“It (the facility) is a place where children and staff spend long hours each day; where
routine needs are met; where relationships develop, skills are learned, abilities are
enhanced and attitudes toward school and learning are formed. For all these things to
happen well, program planners must carefully design the physical environment and pay
attention to the quality of the space and its systems.”
Ritchie R, Willer, B. eds. Physical Environment: A Guide to the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standard and
Related Accreditation Criteria. National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC, 2005:9.



                                                


                                               Mav Pardee, Program Manager
                                               Children’s Investment Fund
                                               One Center Plaza, Suite 350, Boston MA 02108
                                               617-727-5944
                                                mpardee@childrensinvestmentfundma.org
                                               www.childrensinvestmentfundma.org

				
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