The Fund for Quality (FFQ) is a partnership between Reinvestment Fund and Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), supported by funding from the William Penn Foundation, and Vanguard Strong Start for Kids Program. Through the provision of business planning support and facilities-related financing, Fund for Quality supports high-quality early care and education providers with expanding their services to reach more low-income families.
High-quality early learning experiences support positive child development and prepare children for success in school and beyond. Fund for Quality aims to expand the availability of quality early childhood education and care opportunities for low-income families living in the City of Philadelphia.
Providers may apply for planning grants to support organizational planning and project predevelopment to ensure a successful and high-quality expansion project. Based on successful completion of the planning phase, providers will be eligible to apply for capital grant awards of up to $300,000 and/or loan funds to support the expansion project.
Awardees will benefit from the advantages of larger scale business operations, and in turn, will be instrumental in reducing the overwhelming unmet demand for high-quality early care and education services in Philadelphia.
As of March 31, 2021, Fund for Quality has added more than 2,660 new child care seats in Philadelphia.
The Fund for Quality program applications are closed until further notice due to our current grant cycle deadline of 12/31/2021. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jenine (267-773-4399) if you have questions regarding a recently submitted Letter of Interest (LOI) or completed application or to submit for a future expansion project so we can reach out should our applications reopen.
September 2021 Classroom(s) Openings FFQ has closed applications for projects with classrooms opening for September 2021 due to the minimum cut off deadline for application submission which should be at least nine (9) months prior to the intended open date.
Beyond September 2021 Classroom(s) Openings FFQ applications are closed until further notice due to our current grant cycle deadline of 12/31/2021. FFQ is accepting LOIs for future expansion projects should our applications reopen. Please contact email@example.com or call Jenine (267-773-4399) to submit an LOI.
Childcare Center Design Guide
This guide may provide a current operating childcare provider or a prospective provider with information for the planning and design of early childhood spaces that highlight the high-quality early childhood care, education, mission, and vision of the center. This guide compiles licensing and regulatory requirements established by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and the City of Philadelphia, as well as best practice recommendations per the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Environment Rating Scale (ERS), and Caring for Our Children (CFOC).
Design for All builds upon the 2017 publication concept that a childcare center should encourage ALL children’s social, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional development through play and learning. Design for All also calls attention to the unique needs of adults with disabilities who work in or visit a childcare center. Design for All should be viewed as a collection of new items that current or prospective providers can incorporate into the renovation or design of a childcare facility. Similar to the 2017 Design Guide, implementing the Design for All concepts will require concurrent consideration of regulatory requirements and recommended practices.
NOTE: Information related to the purchase or construction of a center should be reviewed with professionals such as architects, engineers, zoning officials, and other licensing agencies that have jurisdiction over childcare centers prior to a purchase or when planning for a construction project.
Childcaremap.org is an interactive tool that helps identify the neighborhoods where high-quality care is most scarce, and where investments are most needed. Interested providers seeking expansion projects will utilize this tool to define gaps and outline expansion need in their applications. Also note the addition of the Potential Childcare Facilities information.
For more information or questions on Childcare Map please contact Brian Blacker at firstname.lastname@example.org.