Our Initiatives

Early Childhood Facilities

Quality early care and education programs are essential for healthy kids and families, and for robust local economies–now and in the future. Across the nation, there is need for more equitable access to affordable childcare and early learning options, offered in facilities that support health, safety, growth and development.

What we do

With 40 years of experience in comprehensive community development, LISC is expanding its work to ensure all communities have high quality early learning facilities.

Drawing on our deep expertise about the unique challenges of developing these facilities, and our array of relevant financing and technical assistance tools, we are focused on:

  • Assembling flexible capital to address the most pressing market needs
  • Delivering technical support to care providers and developers to enhance project implementation and to explore innovative approaches and partnerships
  • Building a national platform of support for equitable early learning facility access that engages childcare and education providers, advocates, developers, other CDFIs, funders and policymakers

Our impact

LISC has filled an important gap in the early education and child care landscape by providing capital, thought leadership and technical resources centered on the physical environment. Over two decades, LISC has:

  • invested more than $58 million
  • developing 225 new facilities
  • serving 24,000 children birth through five years of age

While there are many focused efforts on early childhood workforce, curriculum, and other aspects of programming, Community Development Financial Institutions such as LISC have historically taken the lead on supporting the development of quality infrastructure in the form of facilities and organizational capacity.


Cindy Larson, Director, LISC Child Care and Early Learning