Community Investment Collaborative for Kids

Early childhood education is an essential part of every community – it prepares young children for success in school and life; supports working parents; and improves family well-being:

  • High quality early childhood education is widely regarded as the single most effective intervention to close the academic achievement gap for low-income, at-risk children.
  • For parents with young children, access to stable, affordable child care is critical to their ability to get and hold a job.
  • In distressed communities early childhood centers serve as an important neighborhood-based hub for young families, providing access to a range of social and human services and supports.

LISC’s Community Investment Collaborative for Kids (CICK) increases access to early childhood education in low-income communities by investing in the physical settings where these services are delivered, and where many young children spend a majority of their daytime hours. Through its 15-year track record, CICK has become an influential national source of expertise on early childhood facilities design, development and financing, as well as state and federal facilities policy. Building on LISC’s core capabilities in capital finance, community-based real estate development, public-private partnerships, and public policy development, CICK has adopted a comprehensive strategy to help finance, design, build and improve early childhood facilities through specialized technical assistance; innovative financing mechanisms; public policy initiatives; and the dissemination of best practices.

With CICK’s support, LISC has invested $25 million in planning and developing 165 new facilities serving 18,000 children in more than 65 low-income urban and rural neighborhoods across the country. That investment has generated an additional $210 million in public and private resources for these centers.