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Innovation Name Innovation Type Innovation Subtype Features at a Glance Strategy Summary
Early Learning Infrastructure Support Program Expansion Physical Space and Facilities

Ongoing funding

In July 2023, the City of Providence, in partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), distributed grants through the Early Learning Infrastructure Support Program to early learning facilities and family child care providers to help them plan space renovations, conduct assessments of overall suitability of spaces, and proceed with capital building improvements.

Funded by both the American Rescue Plan Act and the city's general operating budget, the program enables providers to address urgent health and safety issues, expand their physical capacity, or come into compliance with licensing regulations.

In the program's first year, 24 child care centers—including 16 home-based providers and 8 center-based providers— received a total of $1 million in total grants. The Early Learning Infrastructure Support Program will run for two years. 

Learn more: early learning infrastructure support program

Sources:

City of Providence. (2023). Mayor Smiley, LISC Awards 24 Early Child Care Providers Over One Million Dollars in Infrastructure Grants.

Providence Business News. (2023). Providence awards $1M in Early Learning Infrastructure Support Program grants.

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City population

189,563 Source U.S. Census Bureau, 2022

Persons under 5 years old

5.80% Source U.S. Census Bureau, 2022

Poverty levels: Children 0-8 below 200% poverty

N/A Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Median household income

$61,365 Source U.S. Census Bureau, 2018-2022

Unemployment rate

3.50% Source Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, 2023

Unemployment rate of parents

N/A Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force

N/A Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Children living in households with a high housing cost burden

N/A Source KIDS COUNT, 2021