Early Childhood Education

Why community developers should care

A blog by IFF CEO Joe Neri and special guest authors

No type of facility development in the nonprofit sector is more daunting than early learning centers. Regulations, operating margins, appraisals, and subsidy dollars create an incredibly challenging formula. But community developers should not flee from this sector — indeed, these challenges are exactly why early education needs community developers like us to care. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have built, underwrote, or consulted on more than 100 early learning centers. And I’ve started this blog to share IFF’s and others’ knowledge and to encourage developers to be involved in the sector.

Can we finally change our sexist funding policies for early care and education?