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Building Child Care Logo Welcome to the BCC Newsletter
Funded by the California Department of Education, Child Development Division, BCC is a collaboration of four organizations:
Insight Center for Community Economic Development (formerly NEDLC)

The California Child Care Resource and Referral Network

The Children's Collabrium

The Low Income Investment Fund
Summer 2010 Newsletter
This newsletter, which contains announcements related to the child care facilities development and financing fields in California, is sent to individuals who have expressed interest in the Building Child Care (BCC) Project. BCC develops and disseminates this newsletter quarterly. In the future, if you know of other resources or events to publicize please send your suggestions to: bcc@insightcced.org

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In This Issue
BCC Special Announcements
Recent Webinars
Existing Publications Highlights
Save the Date
Other Resources
  • BCC telephone Helpline Offers Technical Assistance
  • How CAEL QIS May Impact the Quality of ECE Facilities in California
  • Affordable Child Care Key to jobs
  • California Child Care Resource and Referral Network: Child Care Issues Fact Sheet
  • New Publication! Child Care Design and Siting Guidelines: Including comprehensive information on navigating the County of Riverside permitting process
  • New Publication! Quality Environments for Children: A Design and Development Guide for Child Care and Early Education Facilities
  • Sources of Capital for Renovation, Acquisition, Construction and Expansion for Child Care Facilities
  • Financing Child Care Facilities: What Lenders Look for
  • Early Care and Education Facilities Financing Strategies and Technical Assistance
  • Loan Resources for Child Care Facilities Development in California
  • Potential Grant Resources for Child Care Facilities Development in California
  • Preparing Child Care Borrowers for Underwriting
  • Child Development Policy Institute (CDPI)
  • California Child Care Resource & Referral Network (R&R Network)
  • California Alternative Payment Program Association (CAPPA)

  • Early Care and Education Consortium
  • Children Now Report: California’s Early Learning & Development System, 2010
BCC Special Announcements
BCC telephone Helpline Offers Technical Assistance: Need help building your child care? We can assist you with facilities development and financing:
  • Capital financing technical assistance
  • Develop a business plan
  • Locate loan & grant resources
  • Find your local child care community resources
  • Access publications related to child care business operations & facilities development

Call us at 1-888-411-3535 or email: bcc@insightcced.org

How CAEL QIS May Impact the Quality of ECE Facilities in California

The California Early Leaving Quality Improvement System (CAEL QIS) Advisory Committee has been meeting for almost two years to develop a method for improving the quality of early care and education services throughout the state.  The Committee has considered various elements of program operation and service delivery.
One such element has been the quality of existing facilities, rather than the expansion of facilities in general.  Toward that end, CAEL QIS has embraced two instruments that could provide direction in terms of necessary technical assistance to centers as they consider where to improve services, namely the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) and the Program Administration Scale (PAS) ECERS examines classroom environments, including some items related to the quality of the physical environment. The Advisory Committee is recommending that it be the primary instrument for determining a center’s quality rating.

PAS goes beyond the classroom, examining the overall facility in which services are delivered. More specifically, the PAS reviews 25 items in a number of subscales including, #7 facility management.  That item reviews the facility and/or outdoor play environment including maintenance of these areas, space for meeting the needs of staff, and office space for program administration. These three areas go beyond what Community Care Licensing mandates relative to licensing.  Unlike ECERS, the purpose for using the PAS is not to rate programs, but rather to determine where technical assistance is warranted.

The Building Child Care Collaborative feels that this is a step in the right direction; technical assistance is needed to assist providers in upgrading the quality of their facility. The concern is that the PAS is not a part of the rating scale. If financial incentives are connected only to the rating scale, there may not be financial incentives for centers to make the necessary upgrades to their facilities. The quality of the facility needs to be a part of the rating system because the quality of a facility impacts the overall quality of a program.  Research indicates that a facility is not merely where an ECE program takes place, it is part of the program’s formula for success. The environment must therefore positively support the child's interaction with space, materials, and people. The design and layout of the physical environment – categories that include the building, interior finishes, outdoor spaces, equipment, and room arrangement -- have a profound impact on children's learning and behavior, as well as teachers' abilities to do their jobs effectively.

ELQIS needs to have a facilities component as part of the rating system and the necessary funding.  If you agree this is important, and want to be heard, please attend the next ELQUIS Meeting on August 26, 2010 in Sacramento.  (Please go to the link for more information.)  Your voice is important and can make a difference.  We hope you are able to attend or forward comments to the Advisory Committee and staff.

California Child Care Resource and Referral Network: Child Care Issues Fact Sheet:
In California, working families struggle to find and afford quality child care. Licensed child care is available for only 27% of children with working parents. The current economic crisis further threatens the stability of child care.

Affordable Child Care Key to jobs:
In an op-ed today in the San Diego Union-Tribune, California Budget Project Executive Director Jean Ross talks about the importance of state-supported child care for keeping Californians working, particularly in a still-challenging economy plagued by long-term unemployment. State-funded child care helps foster a stable workforce, helps low-income families make ends meet, and ensures that children are cared for safely. Jean writes, “Budget cuts that end care or increase its costs will push many families beyond the breaking point. Without assistance, many will literally not be able to afford work. Others will juggle inadequate alternatives such as leaving children without supervision or leaving older children to care for young siblings.”

Child Care Design and Siting Guidelines: Including comprehensive information on navigating  the County of Riverside permitting process:
Recently published by First 5 Riverside, the Guidelines is the result of a collaborative endeavor with the Riverside County Planning Department to support child care operators and intermediaries in the process of facilities development. This comprehensive Guidelines manual consists of general information in two specific areas.  The first covers the design and siting of child care centers and is applicable in any geographic region.  The second section pertains to the permitting process specifically in unincorporated Riverside County. A variety of siting examples are included with narrative descriptions, plot plans and photos.  The shared vision and intended outcome of this publication is that child care centers and preschools will be created or expanded in order to serve additional children with quality services.  Those interested in obtaining a copy can do so by contacting kvanheule@rccfc.org.

Quality Environments for Children: A Design and Development Guide for Child Care and Early Education Facilities:
This guide provides tools and advice on planning, designing and building safe, healthy facilities for early education programs. Developed to help early childhood operators, site developers, architects and contractors working together, the guide walks through the typical phases of a project and includes practical tools, timelines and reference information.

Recent Webinars

Sources of Capital for Renovation, Acquisition, Construction and Expansion for Child Care Facilities:
This webinar informs child care providers & intermediates on issues related to child care facilities financing. We provide an overview of child care facilities financing sources which include: private equity, fundraising, loans, and grants. The resources that we referred to during the presentation are Loan Resources for Child Care Facilities Development in California and Potential Grant Resources for Child Care Facilities Development in California.

Financing Child Care Facilities: Learn What Lenders Look For:
This presentation is to help providers understand the financial documentation and information necessary to access capital for facilities development and maintenance.

Learn about Early Care and Education Facilities Financing and Technical Assistance:
In this presentation two experts in the field discuss strategies for financing ECE facilities and overall business management.

Existing Publications Highlights

Loan Resources for Child Care Facilities Development in California: Designed to help child care providers and child care advocates identify and access financial assistance to build, purchase, expand and/or renovate child care centers and family child care homes in California.

Potential Grant Resources for Child Care Facilities Development in California: This list is comprised of foundations and government agencies that have a history or an interest in funding child care programs, capital campaigns, and/or building and facilities development projects.

Preparing Child Care Borrowers for Underwriting: LIIF has designed this checklist to help individuals and organizations seeking child care capital financing understand the type of documentation lenders need to determine the viability of a potential borrower.

 

Save the Date

California Alternative Payment Program Association:
Join CAPPA for their Annual conference in Sacramento, Building Partnerships to Better Serve Families

September 22-24, 2010

Child Development Policy Institute:
This year’s Fall Forum will be held in Sacramento

October 13-14, 2010

California Child Care Resource & Referral Network:
The Annual conference will be held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds

October 20-22, 2010


Other Resources
Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC):
ECEC is a non-profit alliance of America's leading providers of quality early learning programs. The consortium members operate nearly 9,000 licensed centers caring for and educating nearly 800,000 children every day across the country. The Early Care and Education Consortium is an advocacy voice for child care providers as policies for child care and early learning develop and change across the country. ECEC Radio is a media source that delivers to the child care and early learning provider community important information about the issues impacting quality child care and education today

Children Now Report: California’s Early Learning & Development System, 2010:
The need for quality early learning and development opportunities in California remains largely unmet, despite investments made to improve programs. Just 6% of spaces in licensed child care and development centers are available for infants and toddlers under age two. Only half of three- and four-year-old children in economically disadvantaged families attend center-based preschool programs. And the quality of these settings runs the gamut, from poor to excellent. The well-being of the state’s youngest children depends on increased access to more quality early learning opportunities and the development of a coordinated, comprehensive system of services that can assist young children and their families.

This guide is intended as a resource for the Early Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) and California policymakers, to help them navigate the state’s numerous early learning and development programs and services, and range of available funding streams.