Learning Spaces

IFF Learning Spaces is a grant program designed to increase capacity and improve access to quality early care and education across the city of Detroit. Providers can receive technical assistance, consulting services, and grants to improve facility quality.

Providers are eligible if they have a three-star rating or higher in the Great Start to Quality rating system, have no current licensing infractions, have been in operation for a minimum of 2 years, and are interested in improving their program and facility quality. The grants, ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, are designed to increase capacity and improve access to quality learning environments for children.

Learning Spaces: Three Stories of Growth

This video highlights stories from three providers who went through the Learning Spaces program.

Detroit’s Service Gap

Watch IFF’s video to learn more about Detroit’s early childhood care gap and what we can to do to address this challenge.

Actionable Knowledge for ECE Providers

With support from The Kresge Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, IFF and partners have worked to create various piece of actionable knowledge for providers of early care and education. While this page is still under construction, here are some of those resources.

Videos

Special Report

The importance of facility quality in early education, by Model D Media

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