Building Child Care Project Overview
The Building Child Care (BCC) Project provides a centralized clearinghouse of information to increase the California child care sector's understanding of the facilities development process and access to facility development resources.
Who are we?
The Local Iinvestment in Child Care (LINCC) partners in several counties across California currently administer the BCC website. The LINCC group has worked, since 1997, to build local infrastructure to support child care facilities development in California.
The Building Child Care project was funded from 2000 to 2010 by the California Department of Education, Child Development Division, and was a collaboration of four organizations, who developed many of the resources:
Who do we serve?
- Child care center and family child care home providers throughout the state who are either involved in or interested in doing a facilities development project
- Technical assistance providers such as Resource and Referral Agencies, Regional Resource Centers, Local Planning Councils, Small Business Development Centers, and professional consultants (e.g. architects, contractors, designers, and project managers), and
- Financial resource agencies that fund child care facility projects in California
What do we do?
Identify resources that currently exist to help child care providers in developing and financing facilities, including:
- Local and regional technical assistance resources
- Financial resources in the form of loans and grants
- Publications and other materials that financial resource agencies and the child care field can turn to for information about facilities development and financing.
Other project activities, listed below, are not underway at this time due to lack of funding.
Improve access to existing resources by:
- Training local and regional technical assistance providers about how to help child care providers with facilities development and financing in their communities;
- Providing information for providers, TA organizations, financial resource agencies, and others in the field through the project website,
- Training child care providers to help them become better educated about how to successfully finance and develop facilities; and
- Compiling and distributing information about publications and other educational materials that financial resource agencies and the child care field can turn to for help.
Expand resources and work to break down barriers in the field by:
- Identifying gaps in existing publication resources and filling them accordingly. Examples include: Potential Grant Resources List, Child Care Facilities Development Checklists, Considerations for Child Care Providers Partnering with Housing Developers, Family Child Care Case Study, and A Guide to Home Ownership for Family Child care Providers
- Holding focus groups in targeted communities to gather information about statewide barriers in the field, and developing strategic responses based on this information
- Educating grant and loan makers about funding strategies to encourage them to make financial resources available to child care providers
- Ensuring that existing, identified resources are maintained and utilized successfully in order to drive the demand for expanded resources