Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) toured the Children’s Campus of Kansas City today—where nonprofits offer an integrated set of health and education programs all focused on families and children from birth to age five. LISC helped finance CCKC through loans and the New Markets Tax Credit program, recognizing that quality facilities focused on early learners are one key to helping at-risk kids succeed.
The development of Eastern Lofts, a $7.6 million mixed-use project in northwest Philadelphia, is proving to be a test case for how to do it right: resident input, nonprofit expertise and private capital combined to rehab a blighted landmark into mixed-income apartments, a day care center serving 80 children, a small business incubator and facilities for community groups. That the project puts housing, job creation and education all in one place, says LISC CEO Michael Rubinger, is a shining example of balanced, equitable development for communities across the country.
Tuesday might have been President Obama’s last State of the Union address. But he made it clear that the work needed to lift families out of poverty is ongoing. LISC’s Matt Josephs considers the president’s remarks from a community development perspective, looking at programs that improve the quality of life in places where Americans struggle to make ends meet.
Ample evidence has proven what good early childhood education can do for a population's intellectual, emotional and economic well-being. But to provide high quality, age-appropriate educational opportunities for all our youngest learners, we need to put our money where our mouths are, argues LISC's Amy Gillman in an op-ed for The Hechinger Report. Gillman makes the case for a serious national commitment to funding and building pre-k facilities that have the best interests of our children—and our future—in mind.
Universities, hospitals and colleges in American cities energize employment, business development, policing and civic life in their surrounding neighborhoods. And they can be even more effective catalysts for change, said Philadelphia LISC's Andrew Frishkoff and other experts on a panel convened by online journal Next City, when they partner with community groups who are wise to the needs of local residents.