Integrating Child Care into Housing and Community Facilities
Access to child care is critical to the economic advancement of our communities, and the Integrating Child Care into Housing and Other Community Facilities webinar offered an opportunity to advance the understanding of what investments and partnerships are needed to support child care providers.
During the webinar, Juanita Salinas from Enterprise’s Seattle office had an opportunity to showcase Enterprise Pacific Northwest’s (PNW) Home and Hope work – specifically, what it takes to integrate child care into affordable housing and what successful outcomes look like. Salinas shared the origins of this initiative and what partnerships were critical to advancing the work. The webinar was viewed by leading affordable housing organizations, developers and early learning stakeholders across California and other states.
Integrating community-based facilities into affordable housing has garnered much momentum and interest across our nation. In truth, there is a recognition that co-location projects that include affordable housing and child care can create stronger, more resilient communities with long-lasting positive outcomes. The value in co-location has promoted new partnerships and initiatives, and Enterprise PNW’s Home and Hope initiative is an example of this. The PNW office was grateful for the opportunity to share our Home and Hope work with others through this webinar, in hopes that our experience can inspire new partnerships and conversations in other regions.