Spotlight on Early Learning: Infrastructure and Impact
Investments in quality early learning programs support working families and help promote childrens’ healthy development during a critical period. Perhaps surprisingly, a staggering 51 percent of Americans live in child care deserts, without access to licensed, quality, affordable child care. Lack of access to quality services negatively impacts child development, particularly for families with limited resources and those living in rural areas. Investing in the construction and renovation of child care facilities can help address program access obstacles and positively impact not only children and their families, but also teachers and the staff of such programs. These far-reaching benefits suggest CDFIs and other community development stakeholders should consider funding, developing, and investing in quality child care centers and employees as part of an overall community planning and development strategy.