Children’s Friend at Dorcas International

Providence, Rhode Island

Many non-profit community-based organizations (CBOs), especially human service organizations, have underutilized space in their existing buildings due to changes in programmatic funding. Seeing the opportunity to generate revenue, fill a client need and foster a collaborative, like-missioned partnership, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island and Children’s Friend combined efforts to open one preschool classroom in an unused wing at Dorcas International’s inner city Providence location.

Year Completed2019
Construction TypeInterior renovation
Development Cost
Sources of
Funds/Capital Stack
Private Funds (shared between
the two partnering agencies)
Square Footage630 SF
# of Children18
# of Classrooms1 preschool classroom
Construction Cost/Child$7,111/child
Construction Cost/SF$203/SF
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