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Education & Early Learning

From early childhood education through high school and beyond, preparing children for school and improving educational opportunities are key components of a healthy community.

This section highlights examples of, and tools for, building strong collaborations that support lifelong learning. Information on charter school and child care facility development can also be found here.

Institute Articles

Read our coverage of Education & Early Learning issues and ideas in the In The News section of this website.

Practitioner Resources

Education and Early Learning are organized into these categories:

SchoolBuild: From Idea to Construction
New LISC tool demystifies school facilities development
SchoolBuild Webinar Series: Project Cost Calculator (Webinar)
Learn to plan financially for new or expanded school facilities, and avoid costly mistakes
Healthy Habits Begin Early
How some child care centers are looking after kids and their health
"Charter School Bond Insurance: A Complete History Volume 3"
The academic, operational and financial drivers of credit strength and risk for charter schools, and the metrics for measurement .
"Financing charter schools: What you need to know"
A comprehensive source for information on how charter schools fund real estate projects.
Coalition for Community Schools Website
A deep website that has background information on community schools, research and reports, hands-on tools, news on schools around the country and more.
Website that offers examples of effective policies to ensure children's success.
"School-based health care makes the grade in Chicago"
Reasons why the school-based health center at Perspectives-Calumet Middle Academy in Chicago thrives, while others have struggled.
"Connecting with Care in Low-Income Boston Neighborhoods"
How a Boston program brought mental health clinicians to schools in low-income Boston neighborhoods.
“CICK Resource Guide: Creating Quality School-Age Child Care Space"
Best practices in the design and improvement of after-school environments for children in kindergarden through eighth grade.
"Greening Early Childhood Centers"
This guide focuses on high-impact green design and capital investment strategies, as well ideas for physical improvements, environmental education and facilities operations that can be implemented…
“The ABC's of Early Childhood Programs and Facility Development”
An introduction to child care facility development for neighborhood-based organizations.
"Building Early Childhood Facilities: What States Can Do to Create Supply and Promote Quality"
A policy brief that outlines strategies for successfully financing, designing and developing high-quality preschool facilities.
"CICK Early Childhood Facilities Resource Guides: A Step-By-Step Set of Workbooks"
A series of four resource guides to help local practitioners through the process of opening and operating early childhood facilities in the community.
“The Charter School Facility Finance Landscape”
A survey with descriptions of financing products and geographic markets for the 21 private nonprofit providers currently active in the sector, and two public-private partnerships in Indiana and…
“How Community-Based Organizations Can Start Charter Schools”
The latest thinking about building effective partnerships and alliances, especially with community based organizations (CBOs), to develop new charter schools.
“Child Care Facilities: Quality By Design”
How a well-designed child care facility can result in better program quality.
“Creating New Schools: The Strategic Management of Charter Schools”
A how-to guide to effective strategic management of charter schools.
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