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If we want pre-K for all, we need to build pre-K for all


Ample evidence has proven what good early childhood education can do for a population’s intellectual, emotional and economic well-being. But to provide high quality, age-appropriate educational opportunities for all our youngest learners, we need to put our money where our mouths are, argues LISC’s Amy Gillman in an op-ed for The Hechinger Report. Gillman, LISC’s […]

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What can States Do?


States are increasingly taking responsibility for addressing the need for high-quality early education programs— now engineering policies for blending funding streams, standardizing reimbursement policies, designing professional development systems, and setting quality standards. Facilities, the physical places that house early care and education programs, are a key “infrastructure” issue that states have either begun to address […]

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Supporting Quality Early Learning Facilities in Rhode Island


For nearly 15 years, LISC has administered the Rhode Island Child Care and Early Learning Facilities Fund, a public:private partnership formed to improve the quality and capacity of early learning centers across our state. Since its launch, the RICCELFF has invested nearly $18million in 110 organizations located in 35 Rhode Island communities. Despite these investments, […]

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July’s Question of the Month…


Having a playground plan developed that includes an audit of your existing playground space by a Certified Playground Safety Inspector will make your capital grant request for funding to do work on your playground space much more competitive. When developing your plan and thinking about your playground capital grant application, please keep in mind that large […]

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Deadline Extension for WAVE 3 of Early Learning Facilities Funding


Wave 3 applications will now be accepted through Monday, July 13th for grant funding in the following two priority areas: PLAYGROUND PLANNING FACILITY-RELATED DCYF VARIANCE ISSUES If you think you have a project but are unsure, please feel free to contact us at riccelff@lisc.org or 401-331-0131. WAVE 4 of funding will be open later this […]

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The Impact of the Environment on Learning


In the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, the environment is referred to as “the third teacher”. The focus on the importance of the environment lies in the belief that children can best create meaning and make sense of their world through environments which support “complex, varied, sustained, and changing relationships between people, the […]

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A Different Perspective on Classroom (and Playground) Design


Check out this TED Talk video about a school in Tokyo designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka. It’s always fun to see how other countries assess risk and utilize the built environment to become part of learning.

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Could that Water Stained Ceiling Tile be a Sign of Bigger Problems?


When the Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Needs Assessment was conducted in the spring of 2014, 40% percent of centers in which on-site assessments were conducted were observed to have water stained ceiling tiles. A water stained ceiling tile is more than just an aesthetic issue. This can be a sign of any number of […]

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First Waves of Early Learning Facility Grants Distributed


Thanks to funding made available through the Race to Top Early Learning Challenge Grant, we were able to make $700,000 in grant funding available for critical facility improvements across our state. An additional $100,000 was added to the available pool of funding by LISC for school age programs. Grant applications were accepted from January, 12, […]

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Plant a tree in honor of Earth Day, April 22, 2015!


In our first two rounds of facility improvement grants, we received many requests for shade structures for playgrounds. We agree that playgrounds need shade so that kids can get outside safely at any time of day. What better way to add shade to your outdoor play space and what better way to celebrate Earth Day […]

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