Building Child Care

The Insight Center’s Early Care and Education (ECE) program plays a leadership role in creating systems that provide every child with access to high-quality, affordable, early care and education. Such a system lays the groundwork for our country’s economic future by:

  • Preparing future generations for school and workplace success
  • Supporting working families so they can become economically secure
  • Helping employees become more productive and businesses more competitive.

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InBiz, the Inclusive Business Initiative

The Inclusive Business InitiativeSM is a project of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development that provides information to states and local governments, as well as diverse small businesses and their advocates, in order to further the inclusive business programs of public agencies. This initiative is a key component of the Insight Center’s work to advance strategies that build family and community assets and help overcome the racial wealth gap.

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The Economic Power of Early Care and Education

The Insight Center developed the early care and education (ECE) economic impact model to inform policy-makers, business leaders, and economic development leaders about the economic importance of ECE. The model demonstrates that ECE does more than provide nurturing, educational environments for children – it also plays a vital role in the economy.

The components of the model can be customized, but typically include an in-depth, geographically specific economic analysis that quantifies ECE’s contribution to the economy, and a corresponding action plan to strengthen the ECE system. The Insight Center has conducted research, and published more than 40 economic impact reports for counties and states all over the country. These reports document the link between ECE, economic development, and business productivity, and reframe ECE as an economic driver. The Insight Center also trains local, state, and national leaders to conduct the research necessary to produce economic information about ECE, and works with local partners to develop and deliver effective messages that motivate targeted audiences to act.

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PayDay Lending

Payday loans are regulated, in most cases, at the state level, which means that the only way that counties or cities can affect payday lending through land-use ordinances. The Insight Center has created a toolkit that provides a guide to advocating for a local ordinance to limit new or relocating payday establishments.

Our Legal Services work intersects the other Insight Center focus areas through the legal aspects of promoting public and private sector financing and reinvestment in communities as well as promoting small dollar loan programs and other alternatives to payday lending. To read the report The Net Economic Impact of Payday Lending in the U.S. click here.

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