Mapping Tool Created to Find Child-Care Gaps Expands Beyond Philadelphia – Early Years – Education Week

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A mapping tool created in Philadelphia to determine where child care is most needed is now spreading to other areas in that region and beyond.
The Childcare Map was produced by Reinvestment Fund, a community development financial institution, or CDFI, that lends money and makes grants to create things like child-care centers, affordable housing, health centers, and spaces for art and culture.
The map, which was launched in 2014, came about after the fund was approached by the William Penn Foundation, a local nonprofit, for help to determine where the child-care gaps were in Philadelphia.
The Reinvestment Fund bills the map, which is updated annually, as the first complete source of information for all of the child-care options in the city.
Weinbaum says it’s an important resource for child-care providers in the city because the industry has such narrow profit margins that traditional loans are often hard to obtain.
Source: Mapping Tool Created to Find Child-Care Gaps Expands Beyond Philadelphia – Early Years – Education Week