Safe and developmentally appropriate early care and learning programs are an essential component of building healthy and economically sustainable communities in which families and young children thrive. Physical environment, however, is one important feature of program quality that is often overlooked. To address this issue, The Bipartisan Policy Center
‘s (BPC) Early Childhood Initiative, under the leadership of Linda Smith, has brought together an interdisciplinary group of stakeholders including facility finance, construction, and renovation experts; Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs); child development and early learning experts; government officials; foundation leaders; and national care providers. LISC is proud to be an active member of this group.
BPC will continue to drive bipartisan policy around the importance of early care and learning facilities and their impact on children’s outcomes and recently put together a policy framework specific to early learning facilities. The Early Learning Facilities Policy Framework reviews the background on this issue and lays out a series of principles that a number of organizations agree should guide work in the early learning facilities space.