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What is the Priority?
Advance child care as essential community infrastructure for economic growth and development, business productivity, and school readiness
Why is this Priority Important?
- Childcare is a two-generation workforce issue, essential to support the workforce of today and vital to develop the workforce of tomorrow (US Chamber of Commerce Foundation)
- Child care business are often overlooked as a part of the business community and as an economic asset for the community and region (The Link Between Child Care and the Economy)
- Most economic development entities are not yet capitalizing on the connections between their success and the child care sector (Economic Development Strategies to Promote Quality Child Care)
- The use of economic development solutions for child care supply building has been limited because issues facing the child care sector have not been framed as market failures and as challenges of an underdeveloped market (Economic Development Strategies to Promote Quality Child Care)
What are some Common Sense Solutions?
The Child Care Innovation Fund is seeking equitable strategies to advance child care as essential community infrastructure. Below are some examples of solutions others have tried to make an impact on this Priority. These examples should not limit the innovation ideas proposed by grantseekers.
- Economic Development Strategies to Promote Quality Child Care
- Rural Child Care Innovation Program – Community Solution Action Plan for Child Care
- Community Economic Development and Child Care – NE Story
- Rural Child Care: Addressing Inequity and Rebuilding Report
- Community Development: Child Care and Our Economic Future
- Early Education and Child Care: The Essential Sector
- Child Care and Community Development: Planning for Family Friendly Communities