Early Childhood Map DC - Bainum Family Foundation

Early Childhood Map DC allows you to explore the supply of and demand for early learning seats across the District of Columbia. It provides valuable insights for providers, funders, policymakers, advocates, parents and others engaged in early childhood education in the District, helping to answer critical questions such as:

Where should I locate my new early learning center to meet the greatest need?
Where should we target our investments in high-quality early learning?
Where are the high-quality early learning centers near where I work or live?

The map is based on an analysis commissioned by the Bainum Family Foundation and conducted by Reinvestment Fund, Early Learning Supply and Demand in the District of Columbia: Using Data to Identify Critical Gaps.

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How the Data Will Be Used

With this information, funders, providers, policymakers and advocates can make data-informed decisions about where resources and interventions are needed most. And parents can better understand the availability and quality of local early learning options.

The study findings will inform decisions of the Early Learning Quality Fund (ELQF), a program for licensed early learning providers in the District’s Wards 7 and 8. The ELQF is designed to help providers improve their facilities to provide safe, high-quality learning environments for infants and toddlers. The ELQF will provide both technical assistance and financing (through a $3.8 million forgivable loan fund established by the Foundation) to help providers make facility improvements. The supply and demand analysis is the first phase of this program.

The District of Columbia also is using the data to inform investments as part of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s $9 million facility enhancement plan to expand by 1,000 the number of infant and toddler seats across the District.

The ELQF Partnership

The ELQF is a partnership between the Foundation and Reinvestment Fund. The ELQF will be managed by Reinvestment Fund and its partner organization Public Health Management Corporation. This investment is part of the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to improve early childhood in the District of Columbia, particularly in underserved neighborhoods.

For the past 50 years, the Bainum Family Foundation has helped underserved children exit poverty through high-quality educational programs and services.

Reinvestment Fund builds wealth and opportunity for low-wealth people and places through the promotion of socially and environmentally responsible development.

Public Health Management Corporation builds healthier communities through partnerships with government, foundations, businesses and community-based organizations.

The Early Childhood Map DC is sponsored by the Bainum Family Foundation.