Leveraging 30 years of Early Childhood Education (ECE) design experience, IFF will coordinate and support efforts to educate the design community and other stakeholders on best practice ECE facility design and recruit designers and related vendors to support ECE new construction and renovation projects throughout the City and metro area.
IFF is a mission-driven lender, real estate consultant and developer that helps communities thrive by creating opportunities for low-income communities and people with disabilities through our leadership, capital and real estate solutions. Through various initiatives including Hope Starts Here, IFF is deeply engaged in Early Childhood Education (ECE) policy and systems with the goal to strengthen and achieve an ECE sector in Michigan that best supports children, families, providers and educators. IFF believes that all children regardless of race or income deserve to learn in high-quality spaces and places.
As part of this work, IFF has developed best practices for ECE classroom and facility design in collaboration with designers, providers, licensing and other public bodies and other stakeholders. In Detroit and the metro area, the need has never been greater to work with high-quality ECE providers to improve their existing facilities and help them expand into new centers to serve more children. To that end, IFF is joining with City of Design and Desire Core Detroit to support and prepare Detroit’s design community to provide services to ECE providers across the city.