Young boy in City Heights
In 2018, Price Philanthropies launched an initiative to improve access to quality early education and child care services. Numerous interviews, site visits and focus groups improved our understanding of national best practices, the local system of care, and community needs. Through this process, Price Philanthropies identified strengthening family childcare providers as our initial focus area.
Licensed family childcare homes and license-exempt providers are important to families in City Heights, particularly for those who do not qualify and/or are wait listed for subsidized childcare programs such as Head Start or full day state preschool.
Family childcare providers are often less expensive than center-based care and offer flexible schedules to accommodate non-standard work hours. There are 272 licensed family child care homes and 340 licensed-exempt providers in the City Heights’ primary 92105 zip code alone.
Price Philanthropies plans to fund our first pilot grant focused on improving the business model and quality of family childcare in 2019. We believe this work has the potential to improve life opportunities for children, working parents, and family childcare providers.