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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. 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.

Fund for Quality intends to add 1,500 new child care seats in Philadelphia over the next five years.

Read more details from the Fund’s March 8, 2016 press release

Impact

Eligibility

Before applying, please ensure your organization meets the following eligibility criteria:

  • Existing high quality operator (Keystone STAR 3 and 4)
  • Non‐profit or for‐profit organization
  • Currently serving low‐income populations (defined as client population of at least 50% subsidy, or waitlist subsidy, Head Start or Pre‐K Counts) or able to demonstrate a commitment to serving low‐income families
  • Positive attendance trends and strong business plan
  • Organizational capacity for expansion

Before applying, please ensure your expansion project meets the following eligibility criteria:

  • Proposed project will increase slot capacity (minimum 20; ideally 40 or more)
  • Proposed expansion at a currently licensed facility (applicable to on-site expansions only)
  • Proposed project to be located in Philadelphia
  • Identification of expansion site
  • Demonstration of ownership or long‐term lease of the expansion site (can be forthcoming for a project expansion to new location)

Preference will be given to applications and projects that consider the following:

  • Serving vulnerable populations
  • Expansion site located in Childcare Map priority areas:
    — Lack of high‐quality ECE
    — Areas of high‐poverty
    — Unmet demand for ECE services
  • Project expansion efficiency – evaluation of the projected timeline and projected cost per slot (calculated by total project cost/number of new childcare seats)
  • Demonstration of previous program expansion
  • Demonstration of sound governance and strong internal controls (including board of directors, advisory, etc)

Application

The FFQ application will open periodically over the next 5 years. Interested providers must complete the Contact Sheet and provide information about their proposed child care expansion project prior to application submission.  Once the form is completed, please email to fundforquality@phmc.org. Upon review, FFQ staff will contact you to schedule an appointment to discuss your expansion project and next steps for application submission.

All applicants must submit one complete application per expansion project.

The application is thorough and will also serve as a needs assessment for proposed projects. Please be sure to respond to all questions. If you do not yet have the information requested, please note the supports your organization will need to acquire or develop the requested information.

Applications must be complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Key Dates

January 9, 2017

Application Opens

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Childcare Map

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 Kristin Crandall at kristin.crandall@policymap.com or 215-574-5866.

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Contact

For more information about Fund for Quality or for those interested in donating, please contact LaToshia Sanders, Project Coordinator, at fundforquality@phmc.org.

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