Early Care and Education Facilities
Roundtable Series Highlight:
Integrating Child Care into Housing and Other Community Facilities
- The partnership between child care operators and housing developers starts early in the process.
- There is a great need to align the income levels required for housing and child care assistance eligibility.
- Affordable housing developers can be support residents interested in opening home-based child care businesses by, for example, designing in a project some units suited for family child care and partnering with local organizations for training and coaching.
- The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) is one of the primary funding sources for affordable housing development, and it can be used to incentivize the inclusion of child care in subsidized housing projects.
- It takes three to four years to build and construct affordable housing projects. Child care operators need to plan accordingly, but few have this capacity.
The co-location process has many financial and technical challenges, and we have the opportunity to implement systemic solutions through policy change at the local, state, and national levels. As we address the housing crisis in California, we must envision and work together on strategies to support the inclusion of child care facilities in affordable housing projects. A holistic community development approach expands child care access for families with limited wealth and generates broader community benefits like creating jobs and fostering collaborative and supportive local communities.
The Roundtable recording is available on our YouTube channel in English and Spanish.