NFF Philadelphia Child Care Initiative

Note: The Philadelphia Child Care Initiative (2013 - 2013) is complete.  Please check back here for updates.  

The Child Care Initiative was dedicated to providing capital, capacity-building services, and technical assistance to nonprofit child care centers and out-of-school time service providers seeking to improve the quality of their programs and facilities. This initiative was a vital resource in building a sustainable child care system that provided all of southeastern Pennsylvania’s children with access to high-quality early learning environments. With support from the William Penn Foundation, City of Philadelphia, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Wachovia Regional Community Development Corporation, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Samuel S. Fels Fund, over $11.7 million in grants and loans were invested to improve child care in the region. 

What We Provided:

  • Capital Grants: Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) awarded capital grants to nonprofit organizations that were undertaking a facility project to improve the quality of their child care program. Grants ranged from $10,000 to $75,000 per facility and required a match from other sources.
  • Planning Grants: NFF awarded planning grants to nonprofit organizations to help them gain the critical information they needed to move ahead with a facility project or new business idea. Grants ranged in size from $1,000 to $20,000 and required a match from other sources. 
  • Loans: Child care providers could apply for facility and equipment related loans and working capital lines. Loan amounts ranged from $100,000 to $2,000,000. Loan and grant packages were a creative way of financing a project so that it could move forward in a timely manner. 
  • Technical Assistance: NFF staff and consultants were available to assist providers on a one-on-one basis with facilities project planning and project implementation.
  • Training: NFF offered workshops in facilities project planning, accessing funding, and other topics relevant to the child care field. 


Child Care Evaluation
Read evaluation results of the Child Care Initiative, from St. Joseph's University researchers




Child Care Regulation Booklet
Guide for Child Care Providers Planning Renovations or Construction for Expansion in Philadelphia
The regulations outlined in this handbook help Philadephia child care centers renovate and build their facilities and take the steps to create a safe accessible environment for children and the personnel who care for them. The handbook goes one step further by first outlining the top best practices that have been implemented at local day care centers.

Energy saving tips

Saving Money While Getting Greener

Saving Money While Getting Greener:Tips To Create Energy Efficient, Healthier Nonprofit Facilities
In this guide, you’ll find energy saving tips for nonprofits, with an emphasis on saving money on utilities, maintaining safe and healthy indoor spaces, and moving towards a more environmentally conscious approach to facility management. As a project of NFF Philadelphia's Child Care Initiative, the guide also pays particular attention to organizations serving children in the Philly area.

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