Community Advocates Publications
Since this list is compiled from a broad range of resources, there are various methods for obtaining these publications. Some can be downloaded either directly from this site or from linked sites, while others have order forms attached to them, or links to order forms. You can print these forms and send them to the addresses noted.
This section of publications includes resources to help technical assistance providers, child advocates, grant-makers and lenders address facilities development and financing issues in their communities.
A Toolkit for Organizing a Local Facilities Development and Financing Network in Your Community: This toolkit is intended to assist child care advocates and others in planning, hosting, and sustaining a local network of key individuals for the purpose of surmounting the barriers encountered by child care providers in the development and financing of facilities that serve children and their families and builds on BCC's experience bringing together these groups.
A Child Care Advocacy Guide to Land Use Principles: Provides information about how to limit the extent to which local land use policies work to limit the supply of child care.
A Citizen's Guide to Planning: provides information on the process and system of land use planning as it is practiced in California. Its purpose is to explain, in general terms, how local communities regulate land use and to define some commonly used planning terms. The booklet covers the following topics: State Law and Local Planning,The General Plan, Zoning, Subdivisions, Other Ordinances and Regulations, Annexation and Incorporation, The California Environmental Quality Act, A Glossary of Planning Terms.
A Guide to Homeownership for Family Child Care Providers: A BCC publication about becoming a homeowner and investigating specific loan and assistance programs that can help in the process. Available in Chinese and Spanish.
- A Planning Guide - Linking Child Care to Economic Development: This document explains the strategies and techniques of the Local Investment in Child Care (LINCC) project, which combines child care knowledge with economic development strategies to expand and improve the child care industry in California. The guide focuses specifically on means to reduce barriers to the development of child care facilities and businesses.
Insight Center's Webinar, February, 2009: Creating Spaces for Children: The importance of High Quality ECE Facilities
2011 California Child Care Portfolio: The 2011 California Child Care Portfolio presents a compilation of California statewide and county-by-county statistics on child care. The bi-annual Portfolio includes a comprehensive California statewide report in both narrative and graphic format highlighting child care supply, demand, and cost issues in the context of current policy, demographic and labor force trends.
- California Resources and Training (CARAT) Community Partners: List of and contact information for CARAT's Community Partners, who work to encourage and stimulate partnerships between lending institutions and technical assistance providers.
Child Care Development and Financing: Barriers and Recommendations (A Report to the Legislature): Report submitted by the Building Child Care (BCC) Collaborative Partners in December, 2001 detailing the main barriers to child care center and family child care home facilities development efforts in California, along with recommendations for overcoming these barriers.
Full Length Report
Child Care Center Facility Development Checklists: A general guideline for understanding the steps involved in the process of financing and developing child care center facilities in California. Available in Spanish.
Child Care Center Financial Planning and Facilities Development Manual: A revised and expanded version of the Insight Center Maneuvering the Maze materials. This Manual includes four detailed chapters designed to help child care center directors and owners manage the financial side of their businesses and plan for a facility development project including expanding, renovating, building or purchasing a center. Available in Spanish.
- Chapter 1: Budgeting and Basic Financial Statements
- Chapter 2: Developing Pro Formas and Determining Debt Capacity
- Chapter 3: Developing a Child Care Business Plan
- Chapter 4: The Facilities Development Process
Congregations Caring for Children In Your Neighborhood and Beyond - A Resource Guide for Potential Child Care Providers: Step-by-step guide for Congregations interested in incorporating child care into their facilities.
Considerations for Child Care Providers Partnering with Housing Developers in California: Offers guidelines on how to work on child care projects within housing developments. It includes an example memorandum of understanding (MOU), lease, and timeline.
Court Mandates, Free Markets and the Lottery: An Exploration of Facilities Development in States with Expanded Preschool: This report written by Insight Center for Community Economic Development staff Saskia Traill and Tarecq Amer was prepared for the Low Income Investment Fund. The project was designed to capture the experiences of six other states which have implemented expanded preschool programs so their experiences can improve California’s facilities development efforts. The research in the report is based largely on interviews with key stakeholders from each state.
Credit Evaluation Grids for Microlenders - A Tool for Enhancing Scale and Efficiency: This publication details the use of credit evaluation grids, a tool that can dramatically streamline and standardize the process of underwriting microenterprise loans. Developed by ACCION USA with funding from FIELD, the grids were designed to create greater efficiencies in the lending process.
Resource Guide: Financing Child Care Facilities Development in California: Offers child care providers and advocates a sampling of financial resources available for center and home-based facilities development needs. Also includes technical assistance resources, background information on types of lenders, loan programs, and tips for maneuvering through the loan application process.
2011 California Child Care Portfolio: The 2011 California Child Care Portfolio presents a compilation of California statewide and county-by-county statistics on child care. The Portfolio includes a comprehensive California statewide report in both narrative and graphic format highlighting child care supply, demand, and cost issues in the context of current policy, demographic and labor force trends.
Starting a Child Care Center: USDA Rural Information Center. Online guide for rural communities though much information will be useful to others.