Early Child Care and Education

Nonprofit child care providers serving low-income communities count on us for the capital solutions and real estate services they need to maintain, equip, improve, and expand their facilities — allowing them to stay focused on their mission of providing quality child care to working families. We can help you:

  • Evaluate and plan your current and future space needs
  • Find the right site and negotiate lease or purchase agreements
  • Finance facility repairs, furnishings, equipment, and vehicles
  • Finance acquisition, rehabilitation, and new construction
  • Manage your construction project — from brainstorming to ribbon-cutting — to make sure it gets finished on time and within budget

We also conduct research for foundations and state and local governments that measures the need for the full range of early care and education services in cities and states.


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. Details and application forms available at www.iff.org/learningspaces.


Chicago Pay for Success Initiative

IFF is also the project coordinator and financial intermediary for Chicago’s first Pay for Success (PFS) program. Launched in 2014, the PFS program is an innovative public-private partnership that expands Chicago Public Schools’ Child-Parent Center (CPC) program, making it possible for more than 2,600 kids and their families to benefit from CPC’s high-quality early childhood and parent engagement services through 2018. 

For each year of the program, SRI International, the program’s independent evaluator, releases a report of student performance across kindergarten readiness, special education utilization, and third-grade literacy. This year’s report includes results and updates on the first two student cohorts. Also available are an addendum written by Chicago Public Schools and the City of Chicago, a fact sheet providing a general report summary and program overview, and the details of the success payment calculation.

Also available are a fact sheet and evaluation report for the first year of the Chicago PFS.